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Food, health and nutrition

Food safety

Preserving and preparing food safely

Canning, freezing, drying, pickling, safe meals, food storage

For food entrepreneurs

Make and sell food from home, safe food sampling

For food service industry

Food manager and employee certification

For food processors

Becoming licensed acidified food processor, especially of acidified foods, on-site education

Sanitation and illness

Washing fruits and vegetables, food allergens, preventing food poisoning

Growing safe food

On-farm food safety, GAPs audits, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Health care

Health insurance literacy

Select a workshop to build your staff's knowledge and confidence to teach about health insurance literacy, or partner with us to offer workshops directly to the people you serve.

Protecting health for older adults

Get tips for eating healthy and staying active to help you live a longer, healthier life.

Health care directive workshop

Arrange for us to come and teach on this important topic. Excellent resource for employee groups, community organizations, and more.

How to support aging parents and address potential conflicts

Follow these strategies and tips to help your family cope when faced with problems and decisions related to long term care.

Minnesota Health Care Directive Planning Toolkit

Write down your wishes for your care in a health care directive.

Mental well-being

What is mental health?

Learn about mental health interventions, how to begin conversations about mental well-being, and find resources for professionals.

Stress and change

Tips, online courses and resources for understanding and coping with stress.

Trauma and healing

Learn about trauma-informed care for youth work, historical trauma and cultural healing, and secondary trauma and workplace wellness.

Understanding opioid addiction and treatment

Learn about opioid use and overdose. Find resources for treatment and support for long-term recovery.

Nutrition and healthy eating

Teaching nutrition education

Find information regarding nutrition education programs and curriculum that target low-income youth, families and individuals.

Real life good food

Free healthy eating tips, physical activity ideas and recipes.

Save money on food

Learn about nutrition assistance, food budgeting and more.

Systems and food justice

Learn how Extension is advancing food justice in Minnesota.

Building better food shelves

Training, print materials, and videos are available free of charge to food shelf directors, volunteers, and others working to improve healthy food access.

Physical activity

Energizers for nutrition education

Short group activity ideas for educators to get participants of all ages moving in a class, conference, or business meeting environment.

Healthy & fit on the go

Tip sheets to help keep you and your family healthy and fit when you're on the go.

School and child care nutrition

Start Strong: Cooking, Feeding and More curriculum

Start Strong is hands-on nutrition education for family childcare providers to help serve healthy food.

Project breakFAST toolkit

Access guidelines, templates, and more to get your school breakfast program started and make it successful.

Farm to school

Learn about the Farm to School program that grows healthy kids, farms, and communities.

Workshops for school foodservice professionals

Bring one of these workshops on increasing participation in school breakfast, creating Smarter Lunchrooms, serving fruits and vegetables, and lowering sodium to your school district.

Go Wild with Fruits & Veggies! educational package

Go Wild with Fruits & Veggies! is a is a comprehensive program that encourages students in grades 3-5 to eat more fruits and vegetables, and become more physically active.

News

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In 2020, more than 670 people in Minnesota lost their lives due to an opioid-related overdose. Learn more about naloxone and how it can save lives that could otherwise be lost to overdose.

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Learn about the role of nutrition in substance abuse recovery and practical ways to include key nutrients in one’s diet.

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The past 10 years have seen the milk fat benchmark for a Holstein herd increase from 3.75% in 2012 to an average milk fat of over 4.0% in 2021.

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