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.
Food Safety & Preservation
The food safety and preservation 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 currently work with: school districts on wellness policies, school gardens and summer feeding programs; farmers markets; senior centers and community groups; Oakland County Parks and Recreation; the Healthy Oakland Partnership; 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 about the food safety and preservation unit.
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 approximately 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 and are offered in English, Spanish, Arabic and American Sign Language.
Contact our office at 248-858-0897 to schedule classes or if you have questions. Following is a list of programming we offer:
Nutrition and Physical Activity
MSU Extension offers nutrition and physical activity programming to small local groups. All classes are at no cost to the participant and require half of the group participants to be eligible for a Bridge card, Medicaid or participate in the Women, Infant and Children program. Each series last approximately six weeks and meets weekly for an hour. All nutrition and physical activity classes are taught by a college educated nutrition instructor. Classes are available all year and are offered in American Sign Language, Arabic, English and Spanish.
Contact our office at 248-858-0897 to schedule a series for your small group or if you have questions. Following is a list of courses that we currently offer:
Eat Healthy Be Active- Is a researched based curriculum that is geared audiences from 9th grade into adulthood. General nutrition topics are covered and physical activity is included as well as food demonstration that includes taste tests. Participants are given nutrition education reinforcement items.
Eat Smart Live Strong- Is a researched based curriculum geared towards adults who 60+ years of age or older. This series focuses on physical activity and increasing fruit and vegetable consumption. Food demonstrations and samples are also a part of this educational series. Participants are given nutrition education reinforcement items.
Healthy Eating Adds Up- Is a researched based curriculum geared towards adult with cognitive impairments to teach basic cooking skills, general nutrition and physical activity. Food demonstrations and samples are also a part of this educational series. Participants are given nutrition education reinforcement items.
Healthy Food Healthy Families (Comida Saludable Familias Saludables)- Is a researched based curriculum geared toward families with school aged children. Parents are taught general nutrition and physical activity. Parents also learn how to plate it safe and about setting limits in regards to food. Food demonstrations and samples are also a part of this educational series. Participants are given nutrition education reinforcement items.
Show Me Nutrition- Is researched based nutrition and physical activity curriculum that covers students who are Pre-K through 8th grade. All of the lessons are grade level appropriate and are interactive and appeal to a wide variety of learning styles. Food demonstrations and samples are also a part of this educational series. Participants are given nutrition education reinforcement items.
Cooking Matters- Is a nutrition education course that MSU collaborates with Gleaners on to educate our shared community. This course requires the partnering agency to provide the take home groceries for the course participants. Cooking Matters courses meet for 6 weeks and are two-hours in length. MSUE will provide the food demonstrations and samples for this educational series. Participants are given nutrition education reinforcement items.
Questions or Concerns? Contact MSU Extension-Oakland County, 248-858-0897.
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