HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Welcome to MSU Extension’s Health and Nutrition page. Our Health and Nutrition Staff is committed to delivering high-quality and affordable education to serve the needs of Macomb County’s children, youth, families and older adults. Programming focuses on selecting and preparing nutritious foods on a budget, the importance of eating a healthy diet and being physically active, as well as techniques for safe food handling, preparation and preservation. Learn more...
If you are interested in attending one of our programs or scheduling a program for your group, call the Health and Nutrition staff at (586) 469-5816 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nutrition Education Programs
Each of the following programs are six-weeks in length and are taught throughout the community, including but not limited to, community centers, churches, schools and at the Macomb County MSU Extension office. Participants meet on a weekly basis for approximately one-hour each week, except for Cooking Matters, which meets for two hours. The programs are free and require that half of the participants be Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligible. If online learning is more your style, check out the “My Way to Wellness” program.
Eat Healthy, Be Active is a research/evidence-based, interactive nutrition program for adults. Participants learn the skills needed to make healthy eating and regular physical activity a part of their lifestyle. Learn more...
Eat Smart, Live Strong is a research/evidence-based, interactive nutrition program for adults 55 and older. Participants learn the importance of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption as well as increasing physical activity. Learn more...
Show Me Nutrition is a program designed for Pre-K through 8th graders that consist of age-appropriate, interactive lessons that help students gain skills to make healthy lifestyle choices. This program is taught at schools where at least 50% of students are eligible for the National School Lunch Program. The program can be held during the regular school day or at after-school programs. Learn more..
Cooking Matters for Teens is a program for youth in 6th through 12th grade. Participants will learn how to use knives and kitchen equipment safely, read a recipe, prepare a recipe with foods from at least three food groups, and discuss the benefits of making healthy food choices. Learn more...
Cooking Matters for Adults is a hands-on program that requires a trip to the grocery store to help participants gain skills in selecting budget-friendly, healthy ingredients in order to prepare nutritious meals. Learn more...
My Way to Wellness is MSU Extension’s online nutrition education/healthy lifestyle program. Learn More...
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Food Safety and Preservation
Harmful bacteria are usually to blame for food borne illnesses and everyone is at risk. Some groups, such as infants, young children, pregnant women and their unborn babies, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems are at a greater risk for experiencing a more serious illness. Four simple steps can help reduce that risk. Learn more To Fight Bac®
Some frequently asked questions that MSU Extension Health and Nutrition staff receive regarding food safety include:
Serve Safe Certification
According to Michigan law, all food service establishments must employ full-time managers that are ServSafe® certified. Earn ServSafe® certification by successfully passing the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification exam. Prepare for the exam by attending one of our 8-hour workshops, for those who have previously been certified, or one of our 16-hour workshops, for those new to the industry. These workshops are presented by a certified ServSafe® instructor. Learn more...
Workshops that teach up-to-date food preservation skills and techniques are offered throughout the year. Using the latest research-based information and methods, participants learn how to safely preserve their food by either freezing, boiling water bath canning, pressure canning or dehydrating. Learn more...
Cottage Food Law
In 2010, Michigan adopted the Cottage Food Law, which permits individuals to produce certain non-potentially hazardous products in their home kitchens (the kitchen of the person's primary domestic residence) to sell direct to consumers at farmers markets, farm markets, roadside stands or other direct markets . Food safety is critical when selling to the public. MSU Extension offers workshops and online training to prepare individuals for preparing and selling cottage foods safely and successfully. Learn more...
Food Safety and Preservation Resources
- Cottage Food Law
- Federal Food Safety
- Find A Farmers Market
- National Center for Home Food Preservation
- National Restaurant Association - ServSafe
Disease Prevention and Management
Prevention and self- management of chronic conditions is very important. MSU Extension educators provide the following community workshops.
Dining With Diabetes
Dining With Diabetes is a four-session course designed for people at risk of diabetes or who have diabetes, as well as their family members. Participants will learn how to prepare healthy meals using less fat, how to make meals using less sodium and sugar without reducing flavor and enjoyment, the causes of diabetes, tools for managing diabetes, and the importance of diet and exercise in managing diabetes. You will also have the opportunity to sample a variety of healthy foods and take home recipes so that you can make them yourself.
Diabetes Self-Management Program
Diabetes Self-Management Program participants will have an interactive experience learning and practicing new self-management tools designed to gain more confidence in navigating diabetes. The program runs six weeks and is facilitated by two trained leaders. Those attending the program report they are better equipped to understand living with diabetes and better able to carry normal activities, focus on healthful activities such as healthy eating and exercise, and manage emotional changes that go with having a chronic condition.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
This highly effective evidence based, self-care education program is for family caregivers. The program builds skills caregivers need to take better care of themselves as they provide care for others. Caregivers learn to minimize the potentially negative impacts of caregiving in a six-week program emphasizing self-care and empowerment. Self-care tools include: reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate their needs to family members and health care; recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions.
Personal Action Towards Health (PATH)
PATH provides the skills and tools to manage chronic health conditions. People who participate in PATH workshops are better equipped to face the daily challenges of living with one or more chronic conditions. PATH is a six-week series facilitated by two trained leaders who have chronic conditions themselves.
Through PATH you'll learn to deal with the challenges of not feeling well, talk to healthcare providers and family members, overcome stress and relax, increase your energy, handle everyday activities more easily, stay independent and set goals.
A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this far. The eight session workshop is led by volunteer lay leader.
- Promoting a view of falls and fear of falling as controllable
- Setting realist goals for increasing activity
- Changing the environment to reduce fall risk factors
- Promoting exercise to increase strength and balance.