Nutrition and Health Programs

All programs are taught by Lindsey Stevenson, gordonlk@missouri.edu. Call the Barton County Extension Office at 417-682-3579 for additional information on programming in your area.

These programs are currently available

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) program is designed to increase aging adults’ access to a safe, structured, and effective strength training program. This 8 week strength training program will focus on strength, flexibility, and balance for middle-age and older adults to improve health and quality of life. Classes meet twice a week and participants will learn safe techniques and form while participating in upper body and lower body strength exercises. Cost: $40

Cooking Matters at the Store 

Cooking Matters at the Store is a guided grocery store tour to help families buy healthy, affordable food. Participants learn how to buy fruits and vegetables on a budget, compare unit prices to find bargains, read and compare food labels, identify whole grains and stick to a budget. After the tour you will receive FREE items. There is no charge for the program but registration is required. Cost: $0

Cooking Matters 

Cooking Matters is a six week, two hour class that empowers families with the skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals.  Each session provides more than cooking instruction. The course covers meal preparation, healthy grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition.There is no charge for the program but registration is required. Cost: $0

Small Steps to Health and Wealth

Small Steps to Health and Wealth was developed by professionals at Rutgers University. This class combines physical and financial health strategies that individuals can use to improve their current health and wealth status. Participants will be presented with eight to ten simple strategies and are encouraged to choose three or four that they think they can incorporate into their lives.  Cost: $0

Health Insurance Education

This program was created to help educate Missouri citizens about the Affordable Care Act. Many course participants comment that after attending the two hour program they have a better understanding of not only the Affordable Care Act, but also have a better understanding of health insurance. This program will continue to be updated as the federal law evolves. This program is a one session program, offered at no charge
Cost: $0

MOve Smart Child Care 

The Missouri MOve Smart Child Care program provides a set of physical activity standards, for child care facilities to follow, that will help children reach their full potential in physical growth and health. The program is funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and offered at no charge. Cost: $0

Stand-Alone Child Care Training Workshops

Missouri's "Building Better Child Care" program helps to improve child care quality via research-based educational workshops that focus on developmentally appropriate strategies for getting along with children and arranging learning environments. The programs are funded by a Team Nutrition grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and are offered at no charge. Participants can earn 2 clock hours of training credit for each session attended. Cost: $0

Programs coming in Spring/Summer 2016

Chronic Disease Self-Management

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a community-based program which assists participants in maintaining quality of life when faced with chronic medical conditions. The CDSMP is provided in two-and-a-half-hour-long sessions, once a week for six weeks, in community settings (e.g., senior centers, churches, libraries). People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom deal with chronic diseases themselves. Subjects covered include:

1) Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
2) Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance
3) Appropriate use of medications
4) Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
5) Nutrition
6) How to evaluate new treatments.

Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Diabetes Self-Management

This class is much like the Chronic Disease Self-Management class, except that it focuses exclusively on diabetes. This Diabetes workshop will help you take control of your diabetes rather than letting it control you! During the workshop you will learn to: Manage symptoms; Lessen your frustration & stress; Fight fatigue; Eat healthier & read nutrition labels; Monitor blood sugar; Make daily tasks easier; Be active; Communicate effectively with healthcare professionals

Food Preservation

Interest in home food preservation has increased with the farm to table movement. MU Extension provides up-to-date, research-based procedural recommendations, tested recipes, and hands-on workshops that assist the consumer in safely preserving produce and other products. Workshops focus on pressure and boiling water canning basics, vegetables and other low-acid products, pickling, salsas, fruits, sweet spreads, dehydration, freezing, and storage of produce. A bi-monthly newsletter is also available for consumers to subscribe to. County Extension centers also provide pressure gauge testing.