REFLECTIONS - newsletter from Tillamook and Clatsop counties. This edition has several articles
The Master Food Preserver newsletter, Sweet Preservation, is published three times per year. The focus of this newsletter is the promotion of safe and approved food preservation techniques and recipes.
Family Food Education (FFE) volunteers are trained and certified community volunteers who assist the OSU Extension Service in their efforts to provide up-to-date nutrition, food preservation/safety and food resource management (meal planning and preparation, and food security) services to Oregonians. Read more about the 2014 Family Food Education Volunteer Program will be starting soon please fill out the application if you are interested.
Article posted today on Agriculture is America explains the role of Land-Grant Universities in new research and Extension programs to more effectively address obesity. Click here for online story or download pdf for printing.
Preventing Obesity Among Children - What Families Can Do
All kids deserve to experience the positive health benefits of daily physical activity and healthy eating, and have those opportunities available to them. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institutes of Health have programs and resources to help children and parents, like We Can!! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition)®. OSU Extension Family and Community Health http://extension.oregonstate.edu/fch/ can help children and parents develop healthy habits to address childhood obesity.
OSU now offers an online program for healthy living
Mastery of Aging Well, developed in partnership with AARP, is a program for anyone interested in healthy aging. The program can be accessed in three ways, including: an online interactive course, a series of online modules, and a DVD learning package. Find out more about Mastery of Aging Well.
NEW The Oregon City Extension library has 2 sets of the DVD learning package to "check out.”
Nutrition Education Program…
Kelly Streit, MS RD is the Food and Nutrition Instructor for the Family and Community Health program in Clackamas County. Since January 2011, Kelly with her team of educational staff and trained volunteers offer nutrition education programs in Clackamas County schools, low-income housing, Oregon Food Bank sites, farmers markets and for various non-profit partners. A major theme of the food and nutrition programming in Clackamas County is providing nutrition education to low-income families. We also offer learning experiences through our volunteer programs.
This program is aimed at improving strength and balance to reduce the risk of falls and related fractures among independent older adults.
Family Food Educators and Master Food Preserver volunteers support healthy families and homes…
Summer season means the Family Food Educators and Master Food Preservers are out and about in Clackamas County providing safe home canning and food preservation information, staffing the OSU Master Food Preserver volunteer booth at the Oregon City Farmers Market, and assisting with food preservation and food resource management classes offered through the Clackamas County Extension Service.
Are you interested in the latest food recalls?
The US Food and Drug Administration keeps you informed of potentially unsafe foods. You may also contact us with your food safety or home canning questions.
Plot-to-Plate is an experiental education program designed to increase community participants' access to healthy food and active lifestyle through community gardens and using a mobile kitchen.
Healthy Schools and Worksites
OSU Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) program can help schools, worksites and communities develop healthy environments to prevent obesity among children, families, and workers. Read more here http://extension.oregonstate.edu/news/release/2011/01/osu-receives-5-million-study-rural-obesity-children. Contact Clackamas Extension Family & Community Health – GROW Healthy Kids and Communities staff for a Healthy Eating Active Living program in your school, worksite, or community.
GREEN Corps Fresh Start...this program is bringing at-risk youth and young adults a "fresh start". Youth and volunteers manage a vegetable garden and market the produce at the Oregon City Farmers Market.
HEAL Community Grant Partners…
Milwaukie High School - healthier school, healthier school store…
The goal of the MHS Healthy School Healthy Store initiative is to increase access to healthy foods during the school day and encourage healthful eating behaviors among students and staff. To meet this goal, MHS has partnered with OSU Extension Family and Community Health program to provide food and nutrition education within a variety of educational settings, including our real-world learning high school deli, school store, and catering programs. In these programs, students have the opportunities to operate real businesses, learning career and healthy lifestyle skills vital to the work place.
Promoting Age-Friendly Livable Communities…
Read how smaller cities and rural places are using transit and mobility investments to strengthen their economies and communities HERE.
engAGE in Community is a campus-community health partnership between Clackamas County Social Services, Extension Family and Community Health, and AARP Oregon to create ‘Age-Friendly’ Clackamas County, a livable place for people of all ages! engAGE in Community seeks to affect community change by exploring aging issues and listening to local people, and by engaging residents and decision-makers in efforts to increase and improve community resources and capacity and support people’s ability to live, thrive, and age in their place of choice.
MAPPS - Mapping Assets using Participatory Photographic Surveys
County residents from Hoodland, Canby, Wilsonville, Oregon City, Damascus, and North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District communities engaged in local MAPPS projects to identify attributes of their community’s physical, social, and service environments, defined according to the World Health Organization‘s model of age-friendly communities, that support or hinder the ability of all residents to age in place. Read the community MAPPS reports…
Clackamas County Residents - please take this survey about YOUR community!
The OSU Extension Family and Community Health website offers information on the following topics:
Nutrition & physical activity
Parents and children
Family financial management