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Power UP Your After School – March 7, 2015

After School Professionals: Are you looking for educational programs to Power UP Your After School?  Are you looking for after school programs that will be fun, interactive, and will match educational standards?  Early Bird deadline is February 4, 2015. In partnership, University of Missouri Extension - Jackson County 4-H Afterschool and Francis Institute for Child & Youth Development will be hosting Power UP Your After School - Professional Development Institute on March 7, 2015. This day will provide after school professionals with multiple learning opportunities while attending up to three sessions of their choice and one key note session with the opportunity to gain up to 6 clock hours of youth development training. REGISTER ONLINE NOW BY CLICKING HERE Power UP Your After School

Cooking Matters

A FREE Cooking Class! Learn how to prepare healthy, delicious meals and stretch your food dollars from trained cooking and nutrition professionals

Topics covered include

• Cooking tips and techniques
• Tips for proper food safety, storage and sanitation
• Nutrition information to keep your family healthy 
• Budgeting—Stretch your food $$ and maximize your resources!!
• Tips to get your family to try new foods 
• Shopping healthfully on a limited budget

Participants receive:
• A bag of FREE groceries for one of the lesson’s recipe each week for you to prepare the recipe at home.
• Lessons feature hands-on learning and include group discussion with instructors. 
• Graduation certificate, recipe book and other freebies provided upon completion of the program
• FOOD —prepared by you...the class participants!

Class Information: January 6th -February 24th, 11:00am-1:00pm, River Market Kitchen, 105 East 5th Street, Kansas City, Mo 

To register contact Kelsey Jeter at jeterk@missouri.edu or call 816-482-5850. For More Information Click Here. Hurry, space is limited.

Small Business and Technology Development Center Opens in Blue Springs

The new Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) housed within MU Extension offices in Blue Springs provides new and existing businesses a wide variety of free one-on-one business counseling and free or subsidized training programs. Jeff Samborski was recently hired as Jackson County Extension’s first Business Development Specialist and will coordinate the local SBTDC. Samborski brings over 25 years of economic development and business management experience. A listing of upcoming workshops co-sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and University of Missouri is below. Click on the topic of interest for more details and registration.  For more information call Jeff Samborski 816-252-5051 or e-mail: samborskij@missouri.edu.
Mid-Continent Library - Blue Springs South, 2220 7Hwy, Blue Springs 

MU Extension & USDA Farm Service Agency Farm Bill Meeting

The 2014 Farm Bill contains several provisions that enable farmers and landowners to make decisions regarding their involvement in federal farm programs. Landowners will have the opportunity to reallocate base acres on individual farms as well as update yield information that is used to determine some farm program payments. Additionally, farmers will have the opportunity to elect to participate in the new commodity programs—Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage. To provide information on the new farm bill and assist landowners and farmers in making program decisions, University of Missouri Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host an educational meeting on Wednesday, January 14th from 9:30a.m. to 12:00p.m. and another from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at the Oak Grove Civic Center in Oak Grove (2100 S. Broadway St.). Seating is limited, so registration is required to attend the meeting. Individuals who are interested in participating should register by January 13th by calling the Jackson County Extension Center to register, 816-252-5051. Extension and FSA will host many other Farm Bill meetings across the state. To obtain more information about the meetings contact your local MU Extension or USDA-FSA office. Meeting Informational Flyer

Family Nutrition Education Programs

The Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) bring the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians. FNEP helps clients achieve lifelong health and fitness. Paraprofessional nutrition educators work with clients in schools and at agencies. Clients gain skills that pave the way for nutritional well-being and health. Programs include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). For more information on how to receive these FREE programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors see our staff directory for contact information. http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/mapregions/UrbanWest.htm

Stay Strong Stay Healthy

A strength training program for middle-aged and older adults. The programs goal is to improve health and quality of life. Exercise sessions to improve strength and balance include warm-up exercises, strengthening exercises and cool-down stretches. An orientation and pre-assessment precede nine weeks of exercise sessions, and the program concludes with a post-assessment.

January 28 - April 1, 2015, 10:00am-11:00am, Messiah Lutheran Church Community Room, 613 South Main St., Independence, Mo

Registration Deadline is January 23, 2014. Cost is $30.00

Contact Kelsey Jeter at jeterk@missouri.edu or 816-482-5852

Health Benefits of Tai Chi Exercise

Tai Chi is a slow motion, low-impact exercise that promotes physical and mental health and relaxation. It is practiced as an effective exercise for health through a series of flowing, graceful and gentle postures and movements. The gentle flowing movements contain inner power that can strengthen the body, improve mental relaxation and mobilize joints and muscles. It is especially suitable as a therapy for arthritis because of the slow and gentle movements. Health Benefits of Tai Chi Exercise Article

Eating From the Garden

Eating From the Garden's nutrition and gardening program has reached more than 2,500 Jackson County fourth and fifth graders in the past three years. Assisted by 40 adult volunteers, students plant and maintain outdoor vegetable gardens; taste new foods; and participate in nutrition, plant science and environmental awareness lessons. Last year, the program added chef demonstrations in the classroom and developed an EFTG pilot curriculum for second-grade students. Call the extension center for more information on this program and current activities. http://missourifamilies.org/eatfromgarden/

Nutrition Education Resource Center

Jackson County Extension received a $35,000 grant from the Health Care Foundation of Kansas City to develop a nutrition education center in our new offices in the River Market area.  The new center will allow us to provide hands-on nutrition and food preservation classes to encourage the community to eat healthy and be more active.  It will be a great opportunity for us to partner with the City Market to promote the consumption of local, fresh fruits and vegetables. Karen Elliott