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:

Acidified Foods Workshop 2016

MU Extension hosts acidified foods workshop, March 28-29 in Kansas City

Media contact:

Curt Wohleber
University of Missouri Extension
Phone: 573-882-5409

Published: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Story source:

Londa Nwadike, 913-307-7391

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension will host a workshop for processors of acidified foods such as salsa and pickles, March 28-29 in Kansas City.

The two-day workshop meets FDA training requirements for those wanting to sell acidified, shelf-stable canned foods, said Londa Nwadike, MU Extension consumer food safety state specialist. Out-of-state participants are welcome, she said.

Teaching the workshop will be Andrew Clarke, associate professor of food science at MU; William McGlynn, horticulture products processing specialist at Oklahoma State; and Steve Seideman, extension food processing specialist at the University of Arkansas.

Topics will include FDA regulations, principles of thermal processing, food plant sanitation and microbiology. Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants will receive a certificate that can be used to verify training for FDA or Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services records.

The workshop will be held at Kansas City office of MU Extension in Jackson County, 105 E. Fifth St., across the street from the City Market.

Registration is $450 for the first person from a company and $350 for each additional participant from the same company. The fee covers educational materials, exams, a food safety textbook, refreshments and a laboratory analysis of pH and water activity for one product per participant.

To register, send contact information (name, company, address, phone number and email address) Checks should be payable to the University of Missouri and mailed to Celeste Tilley, MU Extension in Jackson County, 105 E. 5th St., Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64106.

For more information, contact Nwadike at 816-482-5854. Registration deadline is March 14.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is offering a limited number of $225 scholarships to AgriMissouri members. Additional information and a scholarship application are available at

The workshop was designed as a Better Process Control School to meet FDA regulations on acidified foods (21 CFR Part 114).


2016 Regional Farmers' Market Workshop

Farmers’ markets are growing across the country and continue to be an important source of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and other value added agricultural products from small towns to large metropolitan areas. To support the growing numbers of Kansas' and Missouri’s farmer's markets the University of Kansas Extension will be offering several workshops to support current and prospective farmers’ market vendors navigate selling at these markets. Although the workshops are focused on Kansas regulations, the same principles will apply for Missouri farmers also. For a full list of workshops, click here…

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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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