Roxie Price loves to help people. As the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent for Tift County, she gets to do that every day.
A major part of Price’s work involves educating Tift County residents on smart eating. She said that introducing children to nutritious foods helps them stay healthy in the long run.
“In Tifton, we have a high rate of childhood obesity, so I make sure to go into each second-grade class and teach about the amount of sugar that is in the drinks they’re drinking. I do this to fight childhood obesity here in this county,” Price said.
She also teaches children in Tift County about hand-washing and how to avoid spreading germs.
“I go into every first-grade classroom and teach children how to wash their hands properly and how germs can spread. I do this to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases,” Price said. “In return, they’re not missing class. If the students aren’t missing class, they’re able to learn and their parents aren’t having to take off work because the children are home sick.”
Price instructs adults about food safety. Under guidelines prescribed by the National Restaurant Association, she offers the ServSafe® managers food safety training four times a year to those working in food service.
“I teach restaurant workers how to properly handle the food to reduce the chances of foodborne illness outbreaks, and the costs associated with them,” Price said.
In order to keep citizens of Tift and surrounding counties aware of potential financial issues, she also teaches adults about identity theft protection and budgeting.
Price’s career in Extension began after she graduated from Valdosta State University with both a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology.
“I found out about Extension through a Family and Consumer Sciences agent in Thomas County in 2001. (She became) my mentor, Rebecca Moore,” Price said. “Before that, I didn’t know a thing about Extension.”
Price learned quickly that she loved Extension work. She has held the position in Tift County since 2012 and has worked in Thomas, Dougherty and Brooks counties. While she said that she loves all aspects of being an Extension agent, her favorite part is helping people.
“My favorite part about being an Extension agent is changing people’s lives for the better,” Price said. “This job is awesome, just being able to wake up every day and know you go into the community and that you’re going to help somebody live longer, healthier and happier.”
Visit the UGA Extension Tift County website for more information about local programs.
Published October 3, 2016
Randi (Roxie) Roxanne (Booker) Price
Family and Consumer Sciences
"This job is awesome, just being able to wake up every day and know you go into the community and that you’re going to help somebody live longer, healthier and happier.."
- Roxie Price, Tift County Family and Consumer Sciences