Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters, one of the FNP programs, is a no charge cooking class that can be offered to groups of children, teens, adults or families.  Each session provides more than cooking instruction. Tips on nutrition, and healthy food purchases on a budget are also presented. The class runs for 6 sessions.

Eat Well Be Well

Eat Well Be Well with Diabetes includes four, two-hour weekly sessions that provide people with type 2 diabetes, and their family members, with knowledge and skills necessary for proper diabetes self-management. Knowledge and skills gained in the program can be applied to preventing diabetes particularly for people with pre-diabetes. The series include a strong focus on nutrition, the cornerstone of diabetes management, but also covers other self-management strategies to help individuals avoid short-term and long-term diabetes complications. Recipe demonstrations and tasting are included.

Stay Strong Stay Healthy

Missouri’s Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) program is designed to  increase aging adults’ access to a safe, structured, and effective strength  training program. Over the 10 weeks, participants will meet once a week and learn exercises to improve their strength, flexibility and balance. At each session, a prescribed set of 8 upper and lower body strengthening exercises are done along with warm-up and cool-down stretches. Participants are made to feel comfortable regardless of their current fitness level so they can safely participate and  gradually build the strength beneficial to health.


A program designed for participants to qualify for a Safe Food handler’s  certificate. At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
• Meet the new food code requirements.
• Identify the principles of food safety and methods of preventing contamination and foodborne illness.  
• Be able to implement proper employee sanitation training.
• Become certified in food protection upon passage of final examination.

Food Preservation

The food preservation program will answer consumer questions and teach safe food preservation techniques. Opportunities for food preservation programming happen sporadically throughout the state. Extension will deliver food preservation lessons based on safe food handling research.  Sessions include training in safe food handling and preparation.  Preservation methods cover freezing, dehydration, pressure canning and hot water bath preservation.

Child Care

Missouri's "Build Better Child Care" program helps to improves child care  quality via research-based educational workshops that focus on developmentally appropriate strategies for getting along with children and arranging learning  environments.  The programs are funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and are offered at no charge.  Participants earn 2 clock hours of training credit for each session attended.

Health Insurance Education Initiative

This program was created to help educate Missouri citizens about the Affordable Care Act.  This program also provides excellent education on Health Insurance in general.  Many course participants comment that after attending the two hour program they have a better understanding of .not only the Affordable Care Act but  also have a better understanding of health insurance.  This program  will continue to be updated as the federal law evolves. This program is a one session program, offered at no charge.