Ralls County Extension offers several nutrition programs:

Food Safety

More than 76 million Americans are affected by food poisoning each year. Learn how you can help keep food safe through University of Missouri Extension. Our food safety program addresses issues such as proper hand washing, safe food storage and preservation, and proper food preparation. With the cooperation of local health departments, Ralls County Extension offers “ServeSafe” classes for food service employees that teach basic food sanitation skills to lessen the risk of a foodborne illness outbreak. Participants can become certified through the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association. There is a fee for this program. Ralls County Extension also offers programs to volunteer organizations on temporary food stands, as well as programs for the general public on keeping food safe in the home and practicing good personal hygiene.

Taking Care of You

Taking Care of You is based on concepts and strategies from the evidenced-based group program, mindfulness-based stress reduction program (MBSR) founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn of University of Massachusetts School of Medicine as well as research-based concepts and strategies from the field of positive psychology. The Taking Care of You program was developed to help participants reduce stress levels and improve lifestyle behaviors. The eight program sessions combine discussions, mini-lectures and experiential opportunities. Through this program, participants learn about concepts and practical strategies to incorporate into their everyday lives to better deal with life’s challenges/stress. Program participants are provided opportunities to practice strategies during the program sessions and are encouraged to use program strategies outside of class. There is a fee for this program.

Sports Nutrition

This program addresses important health topics related to athletics and physical activity. Topics include safety and efficiency of performance enhancing supplements, healthy eating and hydration for optimal athletic performance, weight gain and weight loss, and eating disorders. If you are a parent or coach and are concerned about these issues for athletes, then consider this program.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is modeled after the evidenced-based StrongWomen program developed by researchers at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science at Tufts University. While the original Tufts program includes only women, University of Missouri Extension has adapted the curriculum to include men.

Missouri’s Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) program is designed to increase aging adults’ access to a safe, structured and effective strength training program. Over the 10 weeks, participants learn exercises to improve their strength, flexibility and balance. At each session, a prescribed set of eight upper and lower body strengthening exercises are done along with warm-up and cool-down stretches. Participants are made to feel comfortable, regardless of their current fitness level, so they can safely participate and gradually build the strength beneficial to health. There is fee for this program.

Eat Well, Be Well with Diabetes

Eat Well, Be Well with Diabetes (Dining With Diabetes) is a four-session series that provides people with type 2 diabetes, their family and friends, with tools for the self-management of diabetes. The series focuses on nutrition, the cornerstone of diabetes management, but also reviews other self-management strategies that can help individuals avoid diabetes complications. Food demonstrations and tasting are included. There is a fee for this program.

Chronic Disease Self Management

This workshop specifically addresses arthritis, diabetes and lung and heart disease, but teaches skills useful for managing a variety of chronic diseases. Examples of covered topics include exercise, nutrition, appropriate use of medications, and communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals. CDSMP workshops meet two hours per week for 6 weeks and are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a chronic disease themselves.