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The 14 Carrot Gold Award recognizes excellence in the promotion of increased fruit and vegetable consumption in Wisconsin. 

The award is a joint effort of the Wisconsin WIC Program, the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program and the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Program. 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identify increased fruit and vegetable consumption as a strategy to prevent and reduce the overweight and obesity problem in the nation.

Award Winners for 2009

Pat Phair and Terry Kramer, Waupaca High School for the Waupaca Community/School Garden that provides fresh produce, along with nutrition information, at charitable outlets in the community.

Toni Rogers, UW-Extension Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP), Nutrition Coordinator, Iron County for the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry and Community Garden that provides access to fresh produce, healthy recipes and food safety information to pantry recipients.

Paulette Flynn, SHARE Wisconsin for access improvements which include accepting food orders online and the SHARE Express program -- which brings mobile food sales, including fresh fruits and vegetables, to underserved communities in the Milwaukee area.

Barbara Martin and the Friends of the Dane County Farmers' Market for the "School on the Square" and the "Farmers' Market FoodShare Program" that provide education about local produce and Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) of FoodShare benefits at the farmers' market.

Jill McCauley, Traditions on Chestnut LLC, Marshfield for providing hands-on education and teaching in the kitchen about fruits and vegetables to adults, families, children and scouting classes.

Dot Kalmon, Marla Hill and Amanda Ostrowski, Marathon County Health Department for the "Footprints to Health Summer Program" which presented information to area youth and families regarding fruits and vegetables and physical activity.

Shari Winter, Healthy People Project of Washington County for providing convenient and affordable access to fruits and vegetables to the community through implementation of farmers' markets at local workplaces.

Honorable Mentions

Scott Krueger, Menominee Tribal Clinic WIC and Diabetes Prevention Program for the Menominee Gardening Coalition, which increases access to fresh fruits and vegetables and gardening projects across the reservation.

John McHugh, Kwik Trip, Inc., LaCrosse for the "Fruits and Vegetables at the Convenience Store" project, which improved selection and lowered the prices of fruits and vegetables.

Sandy Leffler, The Garden Shop, Grant County for a farmstand at a WIC clinic that offered fresh produce along with recipes and nutrition information.

Mary Premo, Michelle Johnson and Amy Beaver, Adams County UW-Extension Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP) and the Adams Friendship School District for the "Middle School Garden Lunch" project, which gave out school garden samples during lunch.

Kathryn Cieszki, UW-Extension Nutrition Education Program, West Allis for "A Smile A Snack Healthy School Snack Program", which offered nutrition education and fruits and vegetables after students walked a mile.

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