Food, health and nutrition
University of Minnesota Extension improves food literacy, physical activity, food safety and healthy food access for Minnesotans and the food service industry.
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Canning, freezing, drying, pickling, safe meals, food storage
Make and sell food from home, safe food sampling
Food manager and employee certification
Becoming licensed acidified food processor, especially of acidified foods, on-site education
Washing fruits and vegetables, food allergens, preventing food poisoning
On-farm food safety, GAPs audits, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
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.
Extension helps individuals acquire the knowledge, ability, and confidence to find and evaluate information about health plans, select the best plan for their circumstances, and use the plan once enrolled.
Get tips for eating healthy and staying active to help you live a longer, healthier life.
Arrange for us to come and teach on this important topic. Excellent resource for employee groups, community organizations, and more.
Follow these strategies and tips to help your family cope when faced with problems and decisions related to long term care.
Write down your wishes for your care in a health care directive.
Get tips for shopping at farmers markets on a budget.
Get an overview of all the steps necessary to accept SNAP benefits at a farmers market in Minnesota.
Get all the materials and resources you need to successfully start a PoP Club at your local farmers market.
Mental health and well-being
Nutrition and healthy eating
Find information regarding nutrition education programs and curriculum that target low-income youth, families and individuals.
Learn about nutrition assistance, food budgeting and more.
Helping Minnesotans with limited financial resources make the healthy choice the easy choice, including better food shelves and healthy inexpensive recipes.
Find a map and directory of food networks in Minnesota and get more details about recent and upcoming events.
Training, print materials, and videos are available free of charge to food shelf directors, volunteers, and others working to improve healthy food access.
Short group activity ideas for educators to get participants of all ages moving in a class, conference, or business meeting environment.
Use these classroom-based activities that integrate physical activity (PA) with academic concepts.
Tip sheets to help keep you and your family healthy and fit when you're on the go.
School and child care nutrition
Access guidelines, templates, and more to get your school breakfast program started and make it successful.
Learn about the Farm to School program that grows healthy kids, farms, and communities.
Learn about Great Trays, providing training for school nutrition leaders.
Toolkit provides tools, information, and resources to plan student-tested nutritious menus that meet current nutrition standards for school lunch and breakfast programs.
Are you a child care provider who would like to learn more about simple changes to mealtimes and snack-times to improve kids' well-being? If so, these courses are for you.
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! is a is a comprehensive program that encourages students in grades 3-5 to eat more fruits and vegetables, and become more physically active.