Schools are back in session, and kids are heading to the cafeteria with full minds and hungry bellies. Check out Ten Tips for Packing Waste-Free Lunches from the OSU Extension Sustainability Team . 

Click here for Ten Tips for Packing Waste-Free Lunches.

Click here for tip sheets, videos, and other resources. 

Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella - Peanut Butter (May 2022) U.S . Food and Drug Administration reports that the J.M. Smucker Company has voluntarily recalled certain Jif brand peanut butter products that have the lot code numbers between 1274425 – 2140425, only if the first seven digits end with 425 (manufactured in Lexington, KY). See example

Food Preservation Webinar Series

Tuesdays 4-5 pm

Click here for more information

World Food Safety Day 2022

June 7, 2022 is the fourth annual World Food Safety Day reminding us to take action in order to prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks worldwide.

Check World Food Safety Day 2022, World Health Organization website for more details: Click here for WHO Website

Savoring Ohio Produce Webinar Series:

The Food Preservation Team invites you to the FREE upcoming webinar series, Savoring Ohio Produce, beginning Tuesday, May 3, 2022.  Click on the flyer below for more information!

Savoring Ohio Produce Flyer

March Sustainability

Watch as Field Specialist Daniel Remley talks about how to dispose of electronics in a sustainable way:



Tips for Teens

As we prepare for yet another bout of winter weather coming our way, this Tips for Teens video will ensure that you are prepared for traveling in winter conditions and have your vehicle stocked and ready for whatever you may encounter. This Tips for Teens video on Winter Travel Tips features Huron County 4-H Educator, Haley Evans. When traveling in the winter, even if it is not far away, it is good to ensure that you and your vehicle have what it takes to endure whatever conditions mother nature throws at us. This video will take you through some essential items that can be placed in your vehicle to help you in times of need along with how to read and check your tire pressure. 




In addition, all videos can be found on the Ohio 4-H website here:

Virtual Diabetes Support Group

OSU Extension's free, virtual Diabetes Support Group, will be held monthly on 2nd Wednesdays from 11 a.m. - noon.  For more information, click here for the Diabetes Support Group flier.

Questions? Contact Beth Stefura for more information.

Food Waste and Your Fridge 

The January sustainability video is “Food Waste and Your Fridge” and is brought to you by Ohio State University Extension’s SAVE Team (Sustainable Action Through Video Engagement.) This month’s video includes tips on using your fridge to preserve your food for as long as possible to avoid food waste.

Video can be found here:

Tips for Teens - Dining Etiquette

Check out this Tips for Teens YouTube video on Dining Etiquette featuring Erie County 4-H Educator, Angela Holmes.  Whether going to a restaurant, or enjoying a meal at home with family or friends, Angela will go over the basics of dining etiquette.



December Sustainability Video Release

It's the 1st of December, which means a new video from the Extension Sustainability team:  "Being Sustainable During the Holidays"



Do you have questions about thawing, cooking your turkey and need recipes for leftovers, too? Checkout the following free resources from the Partnership for Food Safety Education:


Take Charge of Diabetes During the Holidays

Join the OSU Extension Dining with Diabetes Team for a FREE virtual class to learn how to manage your diabetes while still enjoying festive holiday foods and seasonal family gatherings! Our statewide team will be offering a Take Charge for the Holidays webinar on November 17, 2021 at 12:00 - 1:00 PM.

We will be recording the class as well, so be sure to register so that the recording and resources can be sent to you later.

You can register at:

We hope to see you there!”


Everybody's Got A Story.... What's Yours?

Join this 8-week workshop where you write your story as they guide you through the writing process!

No prior writing skills are needed. Nothing is collected. Write on paper or on a computer. It's as easy as that! Register today!

Click here to view the flyer!

SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement)

Hiking and Sustainability is part of the SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement) video series. This video series focuses on helping people live more sustainably within their homes and communities and promote simple everyday actions people can take to conserve.

To watch the video click the link below:


Join the Caregiver Support Network

Friday October 8 at 2 pm EST online via Zoom for a free webinar

Lets Talk about Caregivers and Mental Health

presented by Bridget Britton, Behavioral Health Field Specialist, OSU Extension

Learn about improving mental health in rural and other limited access areas, and how to concentrate on self-care when it is difficult to get away from your home or farm

What will the training focus on?

  • Concentrating on self-care when it is difficult to get away from the home or the farm
  • How to recognize our mental health needs when services are limited
  • Looking into local resources, when there is a lack of them in our rural communities

Who should attend this training?

  • Caregivers that live in a rural setting
  • Anyone working or living on a farm



Contact: Laura Akgerman at 614-292-0622 or

Attendees seeking an accommodation to participate in the webinar are encouraged to contact Laura Akgerman at Requests made 10 days prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date. The webinar will be auto-captioned, recorded and posted at

It's the beginning of May and the sunshine is calling!

Watch the Healthy Aging telecast on sun safety, featuring Pat Brinkman.

The Connection Café presents "Master of Memory"

Wednesday's 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

For more information click here!

Interested in creating safe/healthy original lunch recipes? The Partnership for Food Safety Education has a Young Cooks Recipe Challenge for 1st to 12th grade students. Submit entries no later than May 3, 2021. The online entries must be submitted by an adult. There are Individuals and Teams categories. See details at:  Young Cooks Recipe Challenge | Partnership for Food Safety Education ( A Grand Prize winner and three finalists will be announced as part of World Food Safety Day June 7, 2021.

Click here for more information:

Now scheduling free virtual Mindful Wellness classes for adults.  Select one or a series of 3 to 5 for your group.  Contact Pat at or call 937-637-6537.

Classes include Introduction to Mindfulness, Mindful Foundations, Mindful Breathing, Mindful Eating, Mindful Living.

For more information, click here!

Dial-type canner gauges can be tested at our office by advancec appointment only.  Contact Pat at or call 937-637-6537.

Due to COVID-19 you must wear a mask.  Dial-type gauges should be tested yearly!

Food Preservation / Fact Sheets

Food Preservation Office Hours / video recordings - Ohio State University Extension All recordings posted:

We are not holding in-person classes due to COVID-19; however, these FREE recordings of virtual trainins are available for you to view at your convenience:

Preparing for Canning

Jams and Jellies

Canning and Freezing Cegeta bles

Canning and Freezing Fruit



Dining with Diabetes E-Mail Challenge

Dining with Diabetes invites you to enroll in an e-mail Challenge.  This 4-week program will encourage individuals with diabetes to improve their diabetes selfcare behaviors and learn: 

What is diabetes?  What are carbohydrates and how many can I have? And much much more!

Click here for more information

2021 Fall schedule of Ohio Approved Virtual Early Childhood Opportunities FREE from OSU Extension for preschool teachers, Head Start, Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Providers needing hours of professional development.  (Directions are on the attachment.)

Click here for directions

This week's Teen Tip Video  

This week’s Teen Tip video was created by Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Whitney Gherman. It is called “How to Use Mindfulness to Settle your Body (and Feel Good!)” and is available at Mindfulness is not about fixing life's problems -- it’s about noticing what is. "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Please share this video via social media platforms, with community partners, and any other youth serving organizations. A complete listing of the Tips for Teens video series is at

Better Lives, Stronger Communities

OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) gives people the knowledge, skills and tools needed to make healthy, informed choices. We teach and promote safe food practices, better nutrition, better finances and better relationships – helping people acquire the knowledge and skills to make smart decisions in these areas.

Our family and consumer sciences professionals turn evidence-based, impartial, current research into useful information that can improve the quality of people’s lives. We work to make information accessible to all Ohioans.

You can count on FCS to provide reliable, evidence-based information to encourage – and empower – people to adopt practices and behaviors to improve their finances, build more positive relationships with friends and family, and embrace healthier, nutritious lifestyles.

Montgomery County consumers that have questions, or seek additional information may contact:

Pat Holmes, FCS Extension Educator, at the OSU Extension Montgomery County office via phone 937-637-6537 or email

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences programs at

Extension has been helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses and better communities since 1914.