FCE Lessons

Family and Community Education

Each year OSU Extension faculty develop lessons for Oregon Association for Family and Community Education groups and others who deliver community education through a "train-the-trainer" model.

2016 FCE Lessons

Coffee Break – What’s in Your Cup?

Coffee has a long history and is the most traded commodity in the world.  It has great economic significance for many countries. Even with a coffee shop on every corner, the US is far down the list for coffee consumption.  Learn about this energizing and aromatic little bean from past centuries to modern day, and from a seedling to your cup.
Prepared by: Jeanne Brandt, Linn County

Vaccinations for Adults

As we get older we are less resistant to some diseases. Vaccinations can help us fight off viruses and bacterial infections. In addition, adults who are immunized help reduce the risk of infection in the community for others who are not yet immunized or cannot be immunized due to health reasons. This lesson looks at vaccinations for influenza, pneumococcal, meningococcal, shingles, Tdap and other diseases and when and why they are needed given a variety of circumstances. We will look at risk factors for these diseases—and who should or shouldn’t get vaccinations, as well as different methods of delivery and distribution of the vaccines.
Prepared by:  Robin Maille, Union County

Say NO to Disease

This lesson describes the importance of the molecule Nitric Oxide (or NO) in disease prevention and reversal. We will focus on ways to improve nitric oxide production using different foods as well as other methods.
Prepared by Stephanie Polizzi, Coos County

How To Get The Most From Your Food Dollars

This lesson focuses on saving money at the grocery store. We will talk about making a food plan, adopting cost-saving shopping strategies, and healthy ways to  save money with economical food preparation techniques. 
Prepared by Anne Bloom, Wallowa County

2015 Lessons

Oregon Cranberries 

Famous for their bright red color and characteristic taste, Cranberries are a significant Oregon crop. Learn about the history, harvest and uses of these nutritious little jewels.
Prepared by: Jeanne Brandt & Kelly Streit, Washington and Clackamas County

Walk With Ease: The First Step to Better Health

Walking is a simple form of exercise that has proven benefits from weight loss to stress control for people at all fitness levels. Walking is particularly beneficial for people with chronic conditions such as arthritis. Although walking is a simple form of exercise, there are a number of factors to consider when starting a walking program to ensure your safety and obtain the greatest health benefits. This lesson shares the health benefits of walking as a form of physical activity and will introduce the Walk With Ease program developed by the Arthritis Foundation to provide techniques to develop and maintain a walking program. Prepared by:  Jamie Davis (Lake County) and Katie Conte (OSU Campus)

For more information about the full Walk With Ease program, including a list of classes and information about how to become a leader, please visit the Walk With Ease website.


Whole Grain Foods for Every Meal of the Day 

Discover the awesome variety of whole grain foods you can eat for every meal of the day. Learn the basic facts about a “Kernel of Wheat”, 10 Tips for choosing whole grain foods, how to cook whole grain foods, become a “Food Hero” by using and sharing these recipes using whole grains! We want everyone to see how easy it can be to add whole grains to daily choices. We hope this lesson, tip sheets, whole grain resources and recipes, will have everyone wanting to add more whole grain foods as a natural part of every meal of the day!
Prepared by: Renee Carr and Tobi Page (Multnomah County Nutrition Education Program/Moore Family Center Outreach Program)

2014 Lessons

Caring for Aging Skin
Most of us have probably observed signs of skin aging —wrinkles, skin spots, red patches, softness in areas that used to be firm—these are natural. This lesson will look at what causes changes in the skin as we age, techniques to preserve skin quality, and treatments to prevent or address skin damage or pre-cancerous cells. 
Prepared by Robin Maille, Union County

Spices of India
How many spices in your cupboard originate from India?  Some are spices we use daily, some are exotic and mysterious! Discover new flavors or combinations of flavors and look at health related claims made about many of these spices. 
Prepared by Janice Gregg, Linn/Benton Counties

Go Green: Growing and Enjoying Leafy Greens
It is easy to get into a rut when preparing meals. Leafy greens like kale, chard and collards can expand the variety in our meals and they all pack a wallop of nutritional value! It is very simple to grow your own in a garden or in containers. Greens grow well in a winter garden, too. Growing instructions and easy recipes will be included in the lesson. 
Prepared by Debra Minar Driscoll, Polk and Yamhill Counties

Previous years FCE lessons (2013-2005) are available to view and download »