Nutrition, Health & Wellness Classes & Activities
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Nutrition, Health & Wellness Classes & Activities

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Upcoming 2015 programs being presented by Robin Danto, Food Safety & Nutrition Extension Educator:

July 6 - Food Preservation and freezer jam demonstration (Oakland County Fair 2:30 pm)

July 7 - Children’s nutrition activity (Oakland County Fair 2:00 pm)

July 8 - Children’s nutrition activity (Oakland County Fair 2:00 pm)

July 8 - Children’s activity (Lathrup Village Farmers Market 5:00 pm)

July 9 - Food safety and nutrition questions and answers (Oakland County Fair 1-3 pm)

July 11 - Children’s activity, bean mosaics (Oakland County Farmers Market)

July 12 - Franklin Farmers Market

July 12 - Meet Up to Eat Up children’s nutrition activity (Waterford)

July 14 - Senior nutrition presentation (Royal Oak)

July 15 - Senior Market FRESH education presentation/activities (Lathrup Village Farmers Market)

July 16 - Senior food safety presentation (Leonard)

July 16 - Meet Up to Eat Up, Story time in the Garden (Waterford)

July 18 - Eat Healthy Eat Local, eggplant presentation (Oakland County Farmers Market)

July 20 - Senior nutrition presentation (Royal Oak)

July 21 - Food Safety presentation (Ferndale)

July 21 - Food Taste Test (Waterford)

July 22 - Family Market Day (Lathrup Village Farmers Market)

July 23 - Senior nutrition presentation (Berkley)

July 25 - Family Market Day (Oakland County Farmers Market)

July 26 - Farmers Market program (Birmingham)

July 28 - Farm to school program (Waterford)

July 29 - Market FRESH coupon distribution (Royal Oak)

July 30 - Story Time in the Garden (Waterford)

July 31 - Senior nutrition program (Clarkston)

July 2015:  Family Market Days
MSU Extension is a partner in the Healthy Oakland Partnership and will be at the Family Market Days with a child-friendly healthy snack , information on healthy eating and a children’s activity. Join us on:
  • Wednesday, July 22 - Lathrup Village Farmers Market
  • Saturday, July 29 - Oakland County Farmers Market (Waterford)
The following program series are presented to community groups, organizations, and schools (age appropriate) by MSU Extension staff.  Programs are offered in English or Spanish.  Call  248-858-0897 for further information or to schedule these programs.
Class series are taught throughout the community, including but not limited to community centers, churches, schools and local MSU Extension offices. Group series are available if there are six to 15 people, and at least half of the group is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligible.
Cooking Matters for Adults is a nutrition program where participants will learn how to eat healthy, cook and grocery shop on a limited budget. The program consists of six lessons, lasting approximately two hours each. With the help of an experienced chef and nutrition educator, participants will gain the skills and confidence to make healthy, budget friendly meals for their family.
Each week, participants will receive take-home food, which they can use at home to practice a recipe they learned in class. The class series also includes:
  • Participatory food preparation that provides cooking and food safety instruction
  • Engaging nutrition activities and discussions
  • Practice with food budgeting
  • Interactive grocery store visit and $10 challenge
  • Recipe book for use at home
  • Certificate of completion
  • Short physical activity component lasting 5 minutes or less
This series is aimed at helping parents/caregivers make simple and tasty meals for their families that won't break their bank.  MSU Extension-Oakland nutrition instructors will provide nutrition education, food demonstrations and take-home materials. The class series also includes a short physical activity component lastng 5 minutes or less.
This nutrition series consists of fun, interactive activities for 55-74 year olds designed to encourage older adults to increase fruit and vegetable consumption as well as physical activity. 
Learn to stretch your food dollars to fit your meal plan, learn about food preservation and maintain a healthy weight with Eating Right is Basic from Michigan State University Extension. This eight to 10 week session can be offered in a variety of community settings. Participants will learn about goal setting, custom nutrition and physical activity to suite each person, eating more fruits and vegetables, portion sizes, becoming familiar with Dietary Guideline numbers, Food labels 101, healthy habits and fat facts.  High school students and adults can participate in this series.
Show Me Nutrition
This 6-week program 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. 

A correspondence course for anyone wishing to learn canning, freezing, or drying techniques using up-to-date information and methods so the food preserved is safe to eat.  Contact:  Robin Danto at 248-858-0904.
The Michigan Cottage Food Law allows Michigan residents to manufacture and store particular foods in an unlicensed kitchen, such as a residential home. Through this program participants will learn about the Cottage food law and other principles you can use to provide safe products. Cottage Food Law Food Safety training educates on preparing and selling foods under the Cottage Food Law, producing a safe food product, production, packaging and labeling, storing and transporting.  Cost: $10.00.
For further information about classes and activities on nutrition, health and wellness, please contact MSU Extension-Oakland County, 248-858-0897.