FCE Lessons, 2013-2005

Current lessons (2014 - present)

2013 Lessons

Chronic Disease Self-Management: The Key to Better Health is in Your Hands
Those of us living with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, fibromyalgia or other ongoing illnesses know how challenging it can be. Chronic illness can affect every part of our lives from the way our bodies look and feel, to the activities we can enjoy, and even the emotions we experience. This lesson will explore the skills that can help us manage our conditions, and will share information about local community classes and resources that can make a positive difference in our lives. 
Prepared by Debra Driscoll, Polk County and Tonya Johnson, Marion County

Gardening for Healthy Aging
Gardens are perceived as environmental features that promote positive physical and mental health outcomes. The purpose of this lesson is to educate the audience about the science related to natural gardening, garden design, health, and functional fitness, discuss gardens that have been planned and planted to promote health and functional fitness outcomes, and gardening activities that engage older adults of every ability in safe, health-promoting gardening for healthy aging.
Prepared by Deborah John and Beret Halverson, Clackamas County

Let’s Dine Out – The Healthy Way
According to the National Restaurant Association, 88% of adults enjoy eating out in restaurants. But how do you choose what to order if you have health concerns to consider? In this program, you’ll learn the nutrition facts about restaurant food and develop strategies to handle the nutritional challenges that dining out presents. Then, take a simulated trip to your favorite restaurant and practice your new found skills.
Prepared by Joanne Lyford, Multnomah County SNAP

2012 FCE Lessons

Intergenerational communication
This lesson features the various generational groups – silent’s, boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, millennials, etc.  and the key defining events for each generation. Review how each likes to communicate and work, and how they can successfully communicate with each other.
Prepared by Nancy Kershaw, OSU Extension Faculty

The Efficient Cook
We spend hours watching others cook (think Rachael Ray and Food Network) yet for many people cooking has become a lost art. We’d rather eat out or buy a frozen dinner than peel potatoes. Although convenient, these choices can cost us our health and our cash. Learn how to save money and time in the kitchen using one pot meals, planned leftovers and labor saving devices. Get inspired and inspire others to return to the joy of cooking for one or a whole family.
Prepared by Patty Case, Klamath County  

Now Serving: Beans
This teaching package, offered by North Dakota Extension Service, is designed to increase knowledge of the key nutrients found in beans and to encourage participants to incorporate beans into a healthy diet based on MyPlate recommendations. The lesson is centered around a Bingo game to enforce the lesson highlights and recipes. http://www.beancap.org/Extension.cfm 

Onions: Layer of Flavors
Onions have been cultivated for thousands of years. They add flavor and interest to many dishes as well as increase the nutritive value and health benefits of dishes they are part of. We have permission from the National Onion Association to use their materials. There is extensive information and a powerpoint. http://www.onions-usa.org/

2011 FCE Lessons

Seafood at Its Best
Are you eating enough seafood? Get a sampling of seafood topics from this University of Idaho Extension curriculum. Learn about types of seafood that are consumed and the potential health benefits and health risks of eating seafood. There are tips on selecting, handling, and cooking seafood as well.

Pantry Pests
There are many little creatures that like the same foods we do and we often find them in our food! Learn how to identify, prevent and beat back these little intruders. Focus on healthy and safe management.

End-of-Life Care: Diversity and Decisions
Cultural diversity in the USA has implications for all aspects of life, including death-related experiences. We may be very familiar with the social norms of our own group, but how do other cultures in our country approach death and dying, and the feelings and rituals involved? This lesson addresses end-of-life support across cultures and includes information about hospice services, organ donation, advance directives, and "do not resuscitate" orders.

2010 FCE Lessons

Lighting the Way
Lighting needs inside and outside the home

Mushrooms, Nature's Hidden Treasure

Better Balance, Better Bones, Better Bodies

2009 FCE Lessons

Cheeses of the World

Using Ancient Grains

Are You Ready? (Preparing for the Unexpected)

2008 FCE Lessons

A Good Night's Sleep

Eggs... They Really Are Incredible

Food Safety for Seniors

2007 FCE Lessons

DeClutter Your Life

Time For Tea

Taking Charge of Your Medical Care

2006 FCE Lessons

Apples in Appealing Ways

Elder Abuse in Oregon: Building Awareness and Encouraging Action

Multicultural Miscommunication

2005 FCE Lessons

See the Future - Your Vision as You Age

Why Weight? Reducing the Influence of Television on Children's Health