Aurora Buffington

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Aurora Buffington

Assistant Professor

Summary

Dr. Buffington is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a background in public health nutrition. Her research is focused on the food environment and its interrelationship with health. Her interests include food systems, policy, and public health. She currently serves on the Nevada Governor’s Food Security Council and convenes the Southern Nevada Food Council. She has worked to increase access to healthy foods in the community through farmers market SNAP/EBT programs, nutrition incentive programs, among others that transform the food environment.

Programs: SNAP-Ed Chefs for Kids - Pick a Better Snack; Team Nutrition Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program; SNAP E&T Healthy Eating on a Budget; FoodSpan; Healthy Food, Healthy People

Programs

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Chef Suzy's Cooking Demonstrations & Recipes

Extension Nutrition Specialist Susan McClain, "Chef Suzy," presents cooking demonstrations in elementary schools. Each 30-45-minute demonstration goes over three recipes that are easy, simple, healthy, affordable and accessible.

A healthy meal: chicken sandwich and grapes on a plate and a glass of water.

Healthy Eating on a Budget

The Healthy Eating on a Budget program has been integrated into the TANF Work Readiness workshop as a SNAP-Ed program. The purpose of the 8-lesson series is to provide SNAP recipients with education on healthy nutrition and physical activity practices, food resource management, food safety and food security. 

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Healthy Food Systems

The Healthy Food Systems (HFS) program works to increase access to and knowledge of healthy foods within the community through direct education and policy, systems, and environmental approaches. The HFS program focuses on local food production, food preparation and processing, nutrition, and food security in order to successfully educate the community on how food systems influence health.

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Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools

This is a comprehensive nutrition program based on the socio-ecological model incorporating nutrition education, promotion, and policy, systems, and environmental changes that support the implementation of school wellness policy.

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Nevada Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

Improve the nutritional well-being of people who receive SNAP benefits and other Nevadans with a low income through community based education, programs and needs assessments.

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Pick a better snack™

This evidence-based campaign focuses on building fruit and vegetable consumption in children through healthy snacking. Pick a better snack™ is a monthly, in-school nutrition education program for primary grade children in at-risk elementary schools in Clark and Washoe counties in Nevada. In addition to direct instruction, staff works with school wellness coordinators to build meaningful and sustainable programming to create a well environment in every school.

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SNAP Into Farm Fresh Foods (SF3)

We teach SNAP recipients how to so support local farmers markets by purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables with their benefits. We also work with local farmers market managers, vendors and other community partners to educate them on the importance of creating a SNAP-friendly environment and provide SNAP-related technical support

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Special Publications
Evaluation of Food
Evaluation of Food Action Planning Committee Meeting and Urban Agriculture and Food Sustainability Forum, August 23-24, 2017 Buffington, A., and Bosket, C. 2017, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-01