DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Edna Ball


Edna Ball

When children see Edna Ball around town, they say, “There’s the Food Lady!”

For four years, Ball has been teaching basic nutrition to school-aged children and families with limited resources through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. She is based in Belzoni, in the Humphreys County Extension office.

“I talk about everything from the five food groups to the importance of physical activity for reducing health risks and combating obesity,” Ball said. “I love meeting people and sharing valuable information with the hope of changing lives through small changes over time.”

Ball’s favorite hobby keeps her moving.

“I love to dance,” she said. “I do a lot of line dancing, but I love any kind of dancing. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.”

Through her job, Ball has also discovered a new passion for cooking healthy foods.

“I really love most any kind of food with spinach in it especially the meatless spinach lasagna recipe that the children prepared one year in the kids-in-the-kitchen program,” she said. “I like to make healthy, quick dishes, like salads, and dishes with lean protein, fresh vegetables and low-fat dairy. I’m becoming a pretty good cook of healthy foods.”

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