Nutrition and Health

Programs offered:

Child Care Trainings • Cooking Matters • Eat Smart, Be Active • Eat Well, Be Well with Diabetes • Food Preservation/Canning • Health Insurance Education Initiative • Seasonal and Simple • Show Me Nutrition • Stay Strong, Stay Healthy • Taking care of You

Upcoming Workshops:

Home Food Preservation

Learn how to preserve your harvest.  Over the course of five workshops, course participants will learn how to safely and properly preserve different types of food.  To find out more or to register click here [...]

In the News:

Protein Packed Breakfast Prevents Body Fat Gain in Overweight Teens

See the research conducted by the University of Missouri at

Newly Released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans 

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines focuses on the big picture with recommendations to help Americans make choices that add up to an overall healthy eating pattern. To build a healthy eating pattern, combine healthy choices from across all food groups — while paying attention to calorie limits, too. Learn more here. 


Eat Smart, Being Active

This is a nutrition curriculum specifically for adults. During the 8 weekly lessons, participants focus on the following topics:  physical activity, food budgeting and shopping, fruits, vegetables, grains, building strong bones, protein and iron, making dietary changes, and healthy celebrations. To schedule an Eating Smart, Being Active course, contact Terressa Clary.

Show Me Nutrition

This program is made up of 9 distinct curricula with each curricula focused on a different grade (Pre K-8th grade). Each curriculum reinforces behaviors that support a healthy weight for kids such as being more physically active, decreasing screen time, eating a healthy breakfast, eating more fruits and vegetables, and drinking less soda and fruit drinks. To schedule a class, contact Terressa Clary.

Taking Care of You 

In MU Extension's Taking Care of You class, you can learn techniques to help you reduce stress and improve lifestyle behaviors. The class teaches concepts and practical strategies to incorporate into your everyday life to better deal with life’s challenges. To schedule a course, contact Leslie Bertsch or Damaris Karanja.

Eat Well, Be Well with Diabetes

The goal of this class is to provide people living with or caring for someone with Type 2 Diabetes the tools they need to manage their blood sugar and other symptoms of this chronic condition. The course is designed to meet once per week for 4 weeks.  Participants will have the opportunity to prepare and sample a healthy recipe(s). To learn more about managing your Type 2 Diabetes, contact Leslie Bertsch or Damaris Karanja.

Video: Eat Well Be Well with Diabetes (MU Extension)

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy  


A strength training class for older adults. Participants participate in twice weekly exercise sessions for 8 weeks building muscle and strength through the completion of 8 basic exercises. There is an advanced version for groups who have completed and mastered the original Stay Strong, Stay Healthy exercises. To schedule a class contact Leslie Bertsch or Damaris Karanja

Seasonal and Simple 

Did you know that MU Extension has developed a website and cookbook just for Missourians that helps us make the most out of the seasonal produce available during the Spring, Summer, and Fall? Check out the Seasonal and Simple website and don’t forget to download the app. Printed Seasonal and Simple Cookbooks can be purchased at the St. Louis County Extension office. 

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Health Insurance Education Initiative

Because of the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), individuals, families and businesses will need to make decisions about their health insurance. This program helps individuals, families and businesses better understand the new health care law and make informed health insurance decisions.

To schedule a class, contact Damaris Karanja or Robert Russell.

Child Care Trainings

A set of seven distinct workshops available to child care professionals. Workshops focus on health and wellness topics that will not only help child care providers provide a healthier environment for children in their care, but also provide them with knowledge and skills to practice healthier habits in their own life. Trainings are FREE and provide child providers with clock-hours needed to maintain their licensure. To schedule a child care training, contact Leslie Bertsch or Damaris Karanja.


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