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Gail Mooney Hanula

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutritional Sciences

Senior Public Service Associate Emerita

205 Hoke Smith Annex
300 Carlton St.
Athens, GA 30602




Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
PhD Health Promotion and Behavior The University of Georgia 2009
EdS Nutrition Education The University of Georgia 1984
MHE Foods and Nutrition The University of Georgia 1983
BSHE Home Economics Education The University of Georgia 1982


I conduct research on the effectiveness of theory-based nutrition education curricula in improving dietary intake and related behaviors.


I guest lecture primarily in the Department of Foods and Nutrition's nutrition education course. The majority of my teaching has been through Cooperative Extension, providing in-service education for nutrition paraprofessionals and professional staff (County Extension Agents) and for teachers and health professionals throughout the State of Georgia. 


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Award of Excellence Georgia Nutrition Council 2013
Friend of 4-H Award Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents 2013
Continued Excellence Award National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 2010
1st Place National Winner – Communications: Educational Curriculum Package. Team Leader. “EFNEP Food Talk National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 2009
Senior Achievement in Extension Award Gamma Sigma Delta, University of Georgia Chapter 2009
Walter B. Hill Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, The University of Georgia 2008


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Society for Nutrition Education Co-Chair, Nominating Committee 2011-2013 National
USDA NIFA Co-Chair, EFNEP Behavior Checklist Review Committee 2011-2012 National
Georgia Department of Education Georgia Department of Education Nutrition Committee 2011 State
Society for Nutrition Education Task Force Member, (appointed), Society for Nutrition Education Credentialing Task Force 2010-2011 National
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 4-H Advisory Committee 2010-2011 University
NASULGC Southern Region Representative, NASULGC ECOP EFNEP Task Force 2005-2009 National
Georgia Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Advisory Board 2008 State
USDA CSREES Chair, EFNEP NEERS5 Beta Testing Committee 2007-2008 National


Prior to my retirement, I coordinated The University of Georgia's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), a project funded by USDA NIFA.  I currently serve on an expert panel funded by USDA on best practices in nutrition education for limited resource audiences. 

Journal Articles

Hanula, G. M., Bentley, R. M., Adams, R. W., Hibbs, J. E., and Solomon, A. P. Barriers, Benefits, and Self-Efficacy for Consuming Fruits, Vegetables, and Milk Group Foods among EFNEP Participants. (Abstract). Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, July/August, 2010. Supplement.

Hanula, G. M., Bentley, R. M., Adams, R. W., Hibbs, J. E., and Solomon, A. P. Evaluation of a Community Nutrition Education Intervention to Decrease Hypertension Risk. (Abstract)  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. July/August Supplement, 2009.

Jayaratne, K. S. U., Crawley, C., and Hanula, G.  A simple method to evaluate series- type extension programs.  Journal of Extension (On-line), 43 (2). 2005.  Available at www.joe.org/joe/2005april/tt3.shtml.

Jayaratne, K. S. U., Crawley, C., and Hanula, G.  Walk-A-Weigh fights obesity:  Impact evaluation of a nutrition and exercise program.  Research Journal of Extension Family and Consumer Sciences, Spring, 2005, 5-8.


Purvis, Debbie. Hanula, Gail M., Editor. Healthy Georgia Kids! 2010. A 6-lesson curriculum for preschool children. Designed to help children understand the importance of food to good health, and that washing their hands can keep them well. 
    Session 1: Georgia Kids Wash Your Paws
    Session 2: Georgia Kids Eat Healthy
    Session 3: Georgia Kids Eat Colorful Fruits
    Session 4: Georgia Kids Drink Milk
    Session 5: Georgia Kids Eat Colorful Vegetables
    Session 6: Georgia Kids Move More

Hanula, Gail M., et al. “EFNEP Food Talk.” 2009. A 6-lesson Health Belief Model-based curriculum focusing on putting the Dietary Guidelines into practice by increasing fruits, vegetables, and calcium-rich foods in the context of a reduced-sodium diet. Designed to help limited resource clients increase their self-efficacy for preparing healthy meals. Includes instructor guide and participant materials. Six one-hour modules with recipes and recipe demonstration tips are included in the curriculum, including: 
    Session 1:  Your Food, Your Choice
    Session 2:  Stress-Free Mealtimes
    Session 3:  Color Me Healthy
    Session 4:  Winning Ways with Fast Food
    Session 5:  Keep Yourself Well
    Session 6:  Keep Your Health Out of Jeopardy

Hanula, Gail M., et al. “EFNEP Meals in Minutes.” 2009. A book containing all of the recipes used in the Food Talk curriculum, along with tips for involving children in meal preparation and definitions of basic cooking terms. 

Crawley, C. C., Andress, E. L., Hanula, G. M., Harrison, J. A., Bryant, K., Yon, M. (2009). Walk-a-Weigh. Athens GA: The University of Georgia Extension. www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/internal/fdns/ww09/

Hanula, G. M., Turner, M. T., & Hill, J .E. (2008).  Food and Drug Interactions.  Lesson plan with Power Point presentation.  UGA Cooperative Extension, Athens, GA.  Access at www.gafamilies.com, Publications, Nutrition for Seniors.

Hanula, G. M., Turner, M.T. (2008).  Red and Blue and Good for You – The Truth About Antioxidants in Food.  Lesson plan with Power Point presentation.  UGA Cooperative Extension, Athens, GA..  Access at www.gafamilies.com, Publications, Nutrition for Seniors.

Hanula, Gail M., Bryant, Kelly D., and Sara Hendrix, Editors. (2007). Teenage Moms’ Nutrition Curriculum for Georgia EFNEP. 
Hanula, Gail M. and Bryant, Kelly D.  “4—H Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum.”  2006.
    Hanula, Gail M.  “Smart Starts.”
    Hanula, Gail M.  “Get Snacking!”
    Hanula, Gail M. “Veg In not Out”

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