MSU Extension-Oakland staff engages individuals and groups in fun learning experiences to convey information about the advantages of eating a healthy diet, being physically active, handling and preparing food to ensure safety, budgeting to get the most nutritional bang for their buck, planning menus and even preserving food in their own kitchen. A monthly newsletter for seniors is published to increase knowledge and awareness related to food issues and the latest research.
We also provide information and support for mothers to assist them in successfully breastfeeding their babies. Staff stays involved for up to 12 months after delivery to share information about infant nutrition and support the organization and maintenance of "learning communities" of breastfeeding mothers.
Food Safety & Preservation
The food safety unit of MSU Extension-Oakland County provides up-to-date, research-based information to consumers:
- Oakland County residents can call a consumers phone hotline at 248-858-0904 to have questions answered about food safety, food preservation and nutrition.
- Educational programs are available to groups throughout Oakland County. Presentations include topics associated with food, food safety, nutrition or food preservation. We work with school districts on wellness policies and school gardens, senior and community groups, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the Healthy Oakland Partnership and a number of hospital support programs as well as administering Senior Market FRESH for Oakland County. Please contact Robin Danto at 248-858-0904 to schedule a presentation for your group.
- A 7-lesson curriculum food preservation correspondence course is available that provides up-to-date information on food safety, canning high acid and low acid foods, freezing, drying, pickling, and jam and jelly making. It includes a hands-on experience for each lesson that is completed in your own kitchen at your own pace. Available through e-mail or mailing through the U.S. Postal Service.
Contact Robin Danto at 248-858-0904 for further information.
MSU Extension offers nutrition and physical activity programming to groups. All classes are free and require that half of the program participants be food stamp or Medicaid-eligible or Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program participants.
Each series lasts six weeks and meet weekly. Each weekly class is approximately one hour in length. These classes are facilitated by college educated nutrition instructors who maintain yearly professional development standards in nutrition.
Show Me Nutrition - Is aimed at an audience of pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. These lessons are interactive and appeal to a wide variety of learning styles. Many of the activities are hands-on and each lesson has a book that accompanies it to reinforce literacy. Each grade level is age appropriate. Topics covered: food safety, positive body image, world hunger, physical activity and general nutrition.
Eating Right Is Basic - Is aimed at an audience from 9th grade to adults including senior citizens. These lessons are interactive
and can be tailored to specific audience needs. Topics covered: food safety, label reading, stretching food dollars, physical activity and general nutrition (using food demonstrations and taste testing).
Cooking Matters - Is a nutrition education class that MSU Extension has collaborated with Gleaners. The focus of this course is to help adult program participants prepare healthy food. A nutritionist and chef co-facilitate this course. This course lasts four to six weeks and is two hours in length. Community partners who would like this class taught at their facility must cover the cost of all participant (take home) groceries. MSU Extension will provide the demonstration for the food that will be used during the class instruction.
Call 248-858-0897or e-mail for further program information.
In partnership with the Oakland County Health Department's Women Infant and Children (WIC) office, we promote breastfeeding among food stamp eligible WIC mothers throughout the first year of the infant's life. We offer mothers education, support and the encouragement they need. Interested Oakland County residents can Sign Up through open enrollment. We provide:
Contact Saneya Moore at 248-452-9726 for further breastfeeding program information.
For further information about any of our programs, please contact MSU Extension-Oakland County, 248-858-0897.
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