Vanessa WielengaExtension Educator
2014 M.S. Community Nutrition and Health Promotion, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2013 R.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dietetic Internship Program
2011 B.S. Dietetics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vanessa Wielenga is a registered dietitian and the Assistant Extension Educator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln focusing on food access. She partners with multiple state and regional organizations and communities including the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and local health departments to implement healthy food access initiatives. These initiatives include supporting food retail, vending, food service and emergency food distribution sites.
The retail food access program, Choose Healthy Here, was piloted summer 2016 and then launched the beginning of 2017. Across Nebraska, 18 retailers are partnering with local public health and Extension to increase access to affordable, nutritious and safe foods using the Choose Healthy Here program.