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  1. Food and Picnic Safety

    Jul 1, 2022

    Food safety at picnics and other outdoor events is super important this time of year! We may like to bask in the summer heat and sunshine, but these are major factors to consider when you serve food outside. Some key factors – Use ice and more ice for cold foods! Pack your cooler(s) correctly! Keep hot foods hot too! Know the temperature danger zone! Use your thermometer when grilling! Handle leftovers correctly! <Read more and view video...>

  2. Chow Line: Food safety during a power outage

    Jun 29, 2022

    I’ve got a fridge full of food and our power went out for several hours due to severe storms. Is there any food that can be saved, or do I have to throw everything out of our fridge due to spoilage?

    Read more about food safety during a power outage


  3. The Benefits of a Healthy Diet for Children with ADHD

    Jun 18, 2022

    A healthy diet is an important lifestyle component that protects against long term health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. But did you know that eating a healthy diet may also improve attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms? <More ADHD articles...>

  4. Tips for how to store your fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmers market

    Jun 2, 2022

    Unless you're going to gobble up everything you got at the farmers market as soon as you arrive home, you're going to have to store that produce somehow. Though some hardy vegetables such as onions and potatoes do best in a cool, dry, dark pantry, more often you're going to be using the refrigerator. But don't plan on just throwing bags of produce into the fridge and forgetting about them.

    “Each item will have its own separate preparation for the refrigerator,” said Candace Heer, who works at the Ohio State University Extension in Morrow County and is part of an Ohio State team of experts on food preservation who have been writing and revising factsheets on preserving Ohio produce. <Read more...>

  5. App Design at Marion Harding High School

    Jan 3, 2022

    Have you ever wondered how mobile phone apps are created? To grasp the task, a group of Marion Harding High School students decided to partake in the Apple Inclusive App Design Activity and create an app prototype that focuses on inclusion and social justice. <Read more…>

  6. OSU Extension Annual Conference Award Recognitions

    Jan 3, 2022

    Congratulations to the 2021 award recipients who were recognized during the annual Ohio State University Extension Conference: Reflect, Reconnect, Reform, December 7-9. <Read more...>
  7. FCS Educator Receives Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Award

    Dec 30, 2021

    Jami Dellifield, Family and Consumer Sciences educator with Ohio State University Extension’s Hardin County office, is the recipient of the first ever Yvonne Lesicko Perseverance Prize, or Y Prize for short, for her innovative work on farmer mental health initiatives. <Read more...>

  8. OSU Offices Closed Dec. 23-31

    Dec 20, 2021

    The Ohio State University, including county OSU Extension offices, will be closed December 23-31, 2021. Please enjoy this time to rest, recharge and spend time with your families, friends and loved ones.

  9. Community Connectors: Whitney Gherman

    Nov 29, 2021

    Since 2017, Marion County has redefined what it means to be a Family and Consumer Sciences Educator. Traditionally focused on building healthy people, residents have called on Family and Consumer Sciences in Marion County to respond to the conditions that underpin health inequity: racism, ableism, sexism and other forms of injustice that presently and historically exist in the community. For Whitney Gherman, the most significant part of her job is to redistribute material and financial resources from the university to support community-led initiatives and programs.<Read more...>

  10. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

    Nov 12, 2021

    More than one in five people in the United States who have diabetes do not know they have it. Diabetes increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, nerve damage, vision and kidney problems. Detect it by seeing your doctor and managing your risk with healthy lifestyle behaviors, including physical activity and healthy eating. <Read more...>