University of Maryland Extension

FSNE Program


FSNE Project Leader and Nutrition Educator

Ashley McLaughlin is the Food Supplement Nutrition Education Project Leader and Educator for the Mid-Shore which covers Kent, Caroline, and Queen Anne Counties.

 Educational Background: Ashley is a 2012 graduate of West Virginia University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition & Foods with an emphasis in Nutrition Biochemistry.

Last professional position: After college, Ashley started her own Nutrition Education Program where she coordinated wellness committees and hosted corporate wellness events. She was then discovered by the owner of a growing online fitness company called Complete Physique. As the first person hired onto the company, she created the nutrition content for clients all over the country by providing hundreds of her own healthy recipes along with cooking demo videos. Soon after, Ashley started working for an organization very similar to FSNE in Pittsburgh, PA where she traveled to all the inner city public schools to teach nutrition lessons. Over the years she has hosted many live audience cooking demonstrations and because of her nutrition education efforts in the city she had the opportunity to be featured as a guest speaker on local radio and TV, published a small cookbook, and was on the cover of a local Pittsburgh magazine.

Favorite Hobby or Interesting Fact: Ashley is a classically trained pianist, an amateur artist, and a kickboxing instructor. She is excited to continue her passion in nutrition education with FSNE.

Welcome to the Food Supplement Nutrition Education (FSNE) program page. FSNE provides nutrition education to help low-income individuals and families make healthy food choices, develop food preparation skills, handle food safely, improve shopping skills, and increase physical activity. FSNE also provides nutrition education training to volunteers and professionals who provide services to low-income families, thus expanding the reach of the program.

FSNE educators collaborate with state and local organizations and often partner with many USDA food and nutrition programs such as WIC, the school lunch and breakfast program, HEAD START, and others to strengthen programming and ensure that key nutrition messages are consistent throughout USDA food and nutrition programs. Current messages encourage the public to:

Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

Make at least half your grains whole.

Drink water instead of sugar sweetened beverages.

Switch to low fat or reduced fat milk (1%).

Cut back on foods high in solid fat, added sugars and salt.

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