BALLINGER - There is a new, friendly face at the Runnels County AgriLife Extension Office, Kandice Everitt, the new extension agent for Family, Community and Health.

BALLINGER - There is a new, friendly face at the Runnels County AgriLife Extension Office, Kandice Everitt, the new extension agent for Family, Community and Health.

Everitt, who comes to Runnels County from the same position she had in Coke and Sterling counties for the past two-and-a-half years and, has hit the ground running. He first day on the job was June 1.

“Now I am here and ready to go,” Everitt said.

She replaced Sandy Taylor, who held the position formerly called the agent for Family and Consumer Sciences.

Extension Agent Marty Vahlenkamp said she will be a welcome addition to the office.

“We are excited to have Kandice on board to lead our Family and Community Health programs,” Vahlenkamp said. “She will bring leadership to that area of our 4-H program, and will be able to work with 4-H’ers and leaders to grow the Foods and Nutrition and Fashion projects. Kandice will also be able to serve our adult audiences and be a beneficial resource to the community in the areas of Health and Nutrition.”

She said her focus will be on helping folks in Runnels County get healthy by implementing healthy cooking programs like “Cooking Well with Diabetes,” and “Maintain No Gain,” for weight conscious residents.

“I really want to focus on nutrition and health,” she said. “We will do the (Maintain No Gain) program for county employees from Thanksgiving through the New Year,” Everitt said.

She can’t wait to work with local students and members of 4-H programs. She plans to propose a program she coordinated in her previous position where she worked with students planting a garden and learning about vegetables.

She hails from Canton in Van Zandt County where she was born and raised. She is a 2009 graduate of Canton High School. She is a lifelong 4-H member and went to state for four years in a row as a junior project leader. She also showed goats and participated in the cooking competition winning with her recipe “Kicked Up Fruity Pasta Salad.”

She has a degree in nutrition from Texas Tech University and a masters degree from the University of Central Arkansas.

She said she is excited to come to Runnels County where there is a healthy participation in 4-H county wide.

“I am excited this is very traditional here,” she said. “I’m excited to start meeting people - that is the best part.”