Kathryn Holland has a full plate as the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent in Colquitt County, Georgia.
Improving the health and homes of Colquitt County residents is Holland's main goal. She accomplishes that goal by organizing the Walk Georgia program and teaching food safety to restaurant employees through the ServSafe® program.
Holland has been a part of UGA Extension for three years, and she always knew she wanted a career in family and consumer sciences. Holland stood out in her undergraduate degree program – family and consumer sciences education – because she wanted to serve as an Extension agent while most other students wanted to be teachers.
“I love my job,” said Holland. “It is incredibly rewarding and probably one of the best jobs you can have if you like people.”
In an effort to raise health awareness, Holland's current focus is organizing the Walk Georgia program in Moultrie, Georgia. The goal of Walk Georgia is to reduce health care issues and improve wellness by promoting physical activity among the county residents. Along with Walk Georgia, Holland is teaching classes that are open to the community and cover topics such as healthy cooking and the importance of living an active lifestyle.
“We try to meet all of the needs of the community and my focus right now is teaching a healthy lifestyle and healthy homes,” said Holland.
Holland also teaches citizens how to deal with allergens inside their homes.
“We have such high humidity that mold and mildew is an issue,” said Holland.
She also educates people on the dangers of radon, an odorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
“I want to do more with healthy homes,” said Holland, including encouraging people to use more energy-efficient home products.
On top of health and homes, Holland is also working on implementing the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA offers free tax help to people with moderate incomes, people with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speaking taxpayers. It provides a structured learning environment for volunteer students in accounting and financial planning. Holland says she will implement it next tax season.
Even though she loves her job, Holland admits it does come with a few challenges.
“Continuing to learn my community and the members of the community so they feel comfortable telling me what's going on that is the most challenging,” said Holland. “My goal above all else is to meet the needs of my community.”
Visit the UGA Extension Colquitt County website for more information about local programs.
Published February 18, 2016
Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: 229 616 7455
"Continuing to learn my community and the members of the community so they feel comfortable telling me what's going on that is the most challenging."
- Kathryn Holland, Colquitt County FACS Agent