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 kitchens. 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.
One program offered is Fight BAC!. It is a four-lesson, research-based curriculum that teaches food safety and proper handwashing to preschoolers.
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 seven-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 email 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.
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 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 - a nutrition program where participants learn the skills needed to make healthy eating and regular physical activity a part of their lifestyle. The program is a research-based curriculum geared for audiences from 9th grade to adulthood. General nutrition topics are covered and physical activity is included as well as food demonstrations that include taste tests. Participants are given nutrition education reinforcement items.
Eat Smart Live Strong - is designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among adults age 55 and older. It is a research-based curriculum that 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 - brings you a hands-on nutrition education program that includes cooking activities in a research- based curriculum geared towards adults 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 research-based curriculum geared towards 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 - covers students who are Pre-K through 8th grade with a research-based nutrition and physical activity curriculum. All of the lessons are grade-level appropriate, 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- a nutrition education course where MSU collaborates with Gleaners Community Food Bank to educate our shared communities. 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.
Community Food Systems Educational Programs
(Audience: School Boards/PTO/PTA. Planning Boards,Food Services Directors,Health Care Providers, Garden & Service Clubs)
School/Community Garden Workshops:
Starting & Sustaining a School Garden - All day workshop for professionals, parents and volunteers involved in school gardens
Teacher Professional Development Workshops - Assist staff to integrate school garden into the curriculum
Garden Establishment - Evaluation & assistance forming organization to support school/community garden
Programs for Community Groups (free)
Understanding Community Food Systems - Primer on local food systems concepts and benefits
Food Hubs - Introduction to food hubs and benefits to the local food system
For more information please contact Kristine Hahn, Community Food Systems Educator at 248-802-4590
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