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Nutrition Education Program


Maruša Jonas Assistant Extension Educator

B.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016
M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2018

Maruša Jonas is an Extension Educator for the Nutrition Education program (SNAP-Ed), where she is dedicated to making a positive impact on limited resource audiences in Nebraska. Her primary focus is on improving the well-being of these audiences and combating obesity by encouraging healthier food choices and promoting physically active lifestyles through indirect education methods and asynchronous learning techniques. Maruša recognizes the importance of providing flexible and accessible educational opportunities, allowing individuals to acquire knowledge and develop skills at their own pace.

Understanding the significance of cultural aspects in nutrition, Maruša actively engages with community members and collaborates with faculty to develop and adapt culturally relevant recipes and curricula. She values the diversity of Nebraskans and respects their cultural preferences, ensuring that the information provided aligns with their specific needs. By incorporating cultural considerations, Maruša strives to create a healthier and more inclusive community.

In addition to her role as an Extension Educator, Maruša extends her impact in nutrition and health education through teaching the NUTR 253 course. Here, she helps students develop cultural sensitivity and equips them with the necessary knowledge to understand the influences of culture on food and nutrition practices.

Professional Highlights

2023-Present: Nebraska Extension Educator, Nutrition Education Program (SNAP-Ed), University of Nebraska-Lincoln2021-2023: Nebraska Extension Assistant, Nutrition Education Program (SNAP-Ed), University of Nebraska-Lincoln2018-2019: Nebraska Extension Assistant, Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), University of Nebraska-Lincoln2016-2021: Professional Athlete, Olympian High Jumper, Athletic Federation of Slovenia 2016-2018: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln