Amber Canto

FoodWIse State CoordinatorAmber Canto
Position Priorities

Provide leadership for the FoodWIse program (formerly WNEP), a federally-funded effort that aims to reduce diet and physical activity-related health disparities by: empowering families and individuals with limited financial resources to choose healthful diets and to become more food secure by spending food dollars wisely; and working to make the healthy choice the easy choice where people live, learn, work, and play.

Education
  • Bachelor of Science Dietetics and Spanish Major, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master Public Health Nutrition and Global Health Certificate, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Registered Dietitian
Previous Professional Experience

Amber joined UW-Extension in February 2011 as the Poverty and Food Security Specialist.  In her specialist role, she has worked with colleagues from all program areas and has led research projects concerning food pantries, farmers’ markets, and childhood obesity prevention.  She focuses on strengthening the food security infrastructure through policies, systems, and environments to ensure healthy food access and availability for all.  Before joining Extension, Amber served as a Nutrition Consultant for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, completed an internship with the Network for a Healthy California (SNAP-Ed), and worked at the CDC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Chapel Hill, NC on the Kids Eating Smart and Moving More project

Contact Amber at:

Family Living Programs
University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Rm. 329, 432 N. Lake St.
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-0384
amber.canto@ces.uwex.edu