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The following nutrition program series are available to community groups, organizations, and schools (age appropriate). All classes are taught by nutrition instructors from MSU Extension. Programs are offered at no cost to participants that qualify and can be taught in English, Spanish, Arabic or American Sign Language. Call 248-858-0897 for further information or to schedule these programs.
With the help of a nutrition instructor and an experienced chef, Cooking Matters participants gain the skills and confidence to shop for and prepare healthy, delicious budget-friendly meals. The program consists of 6 to 7 lessons, lasting two hours each. Each week participants will receive groceries which they can use at home to practice the recipe they learned in class!
The class series includes:
- Participatory food preparation that provides cooking and food safety instruction
- Engaging nutrition activities and discussions
- Practice with food budgeting
- Interactive grocery store visit where participants will receive a $10 budget to shop for groceries
- Recipe book for use at home
- Certificate of completion
"Cooking Matters for Adults" and "Cooking Matters for Parents" are for adults only. "Cooking Matters for Families" is designed for parents or caretakers with children aged 8 and above; children attend all classes and actively participate.
This series is designed to help participants make healthy eating part of their total lifestyle and to increase physical activity. Lessons include tips on reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy on a budget, and preparing quick, healthy meals and snacks. Food demonstrations will give participants the opportunity to try new foods. Participants will also receive take-home nutrition information and physical activity materials.
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.
Healthy Foods, Healthy Families
This series is designed for families with children. Participants will learn how to model healthy food habits and physical activity to their children. Lessons include a nutrition overview, strategies for planning meals and how to get the most nutrition for your dollar. Each week participants will set a food and physical activity goal that they can reach using what they have learned in class. Food demonstrations and take-home nutrition information are also included in this series.
Growing your own vegetables has many benefits, including healthier
eating and reduced stress. The Healthy Harvest program is designed to
help participants learn basic gardening skills and use what they grow to
prepare healthy and tasty meals. The program is a partnership of MSU
Extension’s health and nutrition and Master Gardener programs.
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
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.