National Sciences Field Day

June 19, 2017

Nutritional Sciences Field Day

Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences participated in the Nutritional Sciences Field Day: The Story of the Strawberry on May 25 at OSU South Centers. Pike County high school agriculture and vocational, family and consumer science, and other science classes participated. The goals of the Field Day were to provide experiences and opportunities to increase awareness and interest in health science, food science, biotech, and Ag science, basic and applied nutrition science and physiology and finally food production, local food resources.

The students heard about opportunities from industry and academic leaders in various food and health sectors such pharmacy, food processing and agriculture. Students also participated in various hands-on activities and discussion related to nutrition. Topics included nutrient isolation in strawberries, role of nutrients in preventing heart disease and cancers, DNA extraction from strawberries- discussion of GMOs, healthy food demonstration, local vs. non-local strawberry taste-testing, and strawberry nutrient analysis.

FCS participants included: Dan Remley, field specialist for Family Nutrition and Wellness, Tammy Jones, Pike County Extension educator, Sherry Williams Pike County SNAP-Ed program assistant, Karima Samadi, HEAL MAPPS research and Extension coordinator, and Chelsea Pekny, FCS and College of Pharmacy.

Tractor on display