Jun. 25, 2020
The USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to fill the gap when children lose access to meals when schools are closed. Most often this occurs during summer vacation. However, during school closures related to the pandemic, meals are also being made available. You have the opportunity to supplement the food you have at home with meals and snacks for your children from local schools and community organizations. In an effort to maintain social distancing, USDA has made temporary changes that allow parents or guardians to pick up meals and take them home for their children.
Jun. 11, 2020
More and more days are blessing us with sun and warmth lately. Warm weather always makes me crave a cool treat, how about you? A healthier alternative to frozen desserts like popsicles, ice cream, and milkshakes is smoothies. Smoothies are naturally sweet from fruit, a good source of dairy, and can even be a sneaky way to add more vegetables to your day. Here are my four steps to build a better smoothie.
Tip: If you have fresh fruit that is getting overripe, toss it in the freezer to use for a smoothie so it does not go to waste!
Jun. 08, 2020
In our Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), we often hear from class participants that they would like to purchase more fresh produce. If you have ever wondered where to purchase local food in Montgomery County, Ohio State University Extension has launched a website for you. This initiative was started by Ohio State University Extension in Highland County as means of connecting consumers with the local food producers in their county. Their local initiative quickly spread statewide and now, this resource is available here in our county.
May. 11, 2020
Hesitation to go to the grocery store, extended breaks between grocery shopping, and more mouths to feed may decrease the availability of fresh produce in your home. Utilizing canned and frozen fruits and vegetables is convenient, budget-friendly, and delicious!
Here are some things to consider while using canned and frozen produce.
Apr. 24, 2020
Spring officially began a few weeks ago, on March 19. Put some spring in your step by trying a new home exercise routine—being stuck inside does not mean you have to pause your wellness goals! Beyond the physical benefits of exercise, incorporating exercise into your daily routine has mental benefits such as reduced stress, better sleep, and decreased depression and anxiety. Here are a few ideas of how to get moving at home.
Apr. 14, 2020
A new website with science-based information and research on COVID-19 from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences launched April 7th. The KX COVID-19 Hub is a collaboration between The Knowledge Exchange, Ohio State University Extension, and the CFAES statewide network of researchers and faculty.
Apr. 01, 2020
Dayton, OH: If you have a financial question. You’re not alone! OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Healthy Finances professionals are sensitive to the economic challenges families and their communities are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, the loss of jobs has greatly affected families and their communities. For others, it is declining health along with inadequate health insurance coverage that puts their economic well-being and quality of life at risk. Whatever the situation, we are here to help.
Mar. 31, 2020
Join the Spring 2020 Email Challenge: It’s All About Time
During this six-week challenge, you will consider ways that “time” affects your life. You will be encouraged to fill your plate half full of vegetables and fruits for two meals each day. For activity, you will aim for 30 minutes of movement at least five times a week. You will focus on strategies to improve sleep and explore ways to enhance your work/life balance and enjoy more “me” time
Challenge Dates: April 6 – May 18, 2020
Mar. 05, 2020
There’s a reason why around this time every year we see an abundance of hand washing literature. That’s because hand washing is the #1 defense against spreading germs and keeping healthy. It is important that we all do our part in limiting the spread of germs and diseases especially during Flu sason!
Feb. 18, 2020
Valentine’s Day isn’t the only heart-related event in February—it is also American Heart Month, recognized by the United States government as a time to increase awareness of heart disease. This month is a great time to reflect on how your habits affect your heart health. Heart disease is the cause of death for about 1 in every 4 Americans, but people can decrease their chance of getting cardiovascular disease with healthy eating and physical activity (CDC).