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The University of Florida’s Jackson County Extension Service welcomes a new Family and Consumer Science Agent, Marie Arick. Previously an FCS Agent for the Texas Extension Service, Arick brings a variety of programming experience to Jackson County and will emphasize the areas of consumer science, health, wellness, and food and nutrition for both adult and youth focused programming in a variety of venues.

Originally from Starkville, Mississippi, Arick obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Mississippi State University. With her bachelor’s degree in Fitness Management/Exercise Science, Arick spent 18 years in the medical field primarily in Cardiology before obtaining her Master’s degree in Health Promotion. “I witnessed first-hand the impact on one’s health and overall wellness produced by a serious ailment and the need for more educational programs to aid in improving the overall quality of life for people. This is not just isolated to health education and wellness, but also financial literacy and job skill programs as well. I feel addressing issues with a holistic approach can help people maximize their abilities and that small changes over time can provide a very positive and beneficial impact on people’s lives”

Arick is a welcome addition to the team of extension agents who serve Jackson County. County Extension Director, Doug Mayo said, “There is an ever growing interest among consumers to better understand how health and nutrition interact. While the Internet has created a gateway to vast amounts of information, not everything being shared is research-based, factual information. Marie’s knowledge and abilities will be a real asset for the entire community.”

If you have questions regarding health, wellness, food and nutrition, financial literacy, housing, or sustainable living stop by the Jackson County Extension Office at 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue in Marianna between the hours of 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, by calling 850-482-9620, or via the Jackson County website at


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