Nutrition and Health Programs

All programs are taught by Hawau E. Call the MU Extension Gasconade County Office at 573-437-2165 for additional information on programming in your area.


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

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: $35

School Wellness

A statewide multidisciplinary program for children to promote healthy eating and physical activity based on scientifically valid information and sound educational, social, and marketing principles. The intention of the School Wellness Program is to make children healthier by having them adopt healthier eating habits and increasing their physical activity. School Wellness program include goals for nutrition education, physical activity, nutrition guidelines for food, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student health, wellness and reducing childhood obesity. Cost: $0

HealthierUS School Challenge

HealthierUS School Challenge Provide instructional activities that stress the appealing aspects of healthy eating and are hands-on, behavior based, culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and enjoyable. Examples of activities include food preparation, contests, promotions, taste testings’, farm visits and school gardens. Cost: $0

Eat Smart in Parks

Eat Smart in Parks (ESIP) is a statewide effort aimed at promoting healthier eating options in Missouri’s state, local parks and school concessions. This effort includes the development of a model ESIP policy that guides parks in serving healthier options, training for state and local parks to assist them with using the guidelines, and materials to promote healthier items. ESIP participants can receive free assistance with a variety of activities such as customer research and tailored reports, menu analysis, taste tests, healthy product identification and sourcing, contract assistance, marketing materials, and healthy food incentive ideas. Cost: $0

Stand-Alone Child Care Training Workshops

Missouri's "Building Better Child Care" program helps to improve childcare 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

Small Steps to Health and Wealth

Small Steps to Health and Wealth program developed by professionals at Rutgers University, 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

Chronic Disease Self-Management

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a community-based program that 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. Cost: $0

Taking Care of You

Taking Care of You is a multi-session program offering practical strategies and experiences to help you deal with the stress in your life. Managing life’s challenges in a healthy way allows you to take better care of yourself and your overall health. Each week you will explore topics through small group discussion, self-reflection and activities. Activities of the program are aimed at increasing mindfulness, positive emotions, optimism, resiliency to stress, coping skills, and self-care of one’s mind, body and spirit. Cost: $40