1. Lake County Extension Grant

    Aug 7, 2018

    Ohio State University Extension Lake County received funding from the Cardinal Health Foundation’s Generation Rx Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention Education for Youth grant program. “This grant will support our efforts to train dedicated school and extra-curricular youth leaders in the Health and Opiate-Abuse Prevention Education (HOPE) curriculum and building youth protective factors as a prevention effort in medication and opiate misuse that often leads to heroin use,” said Sandra Allison, OSU Extension educator. Read more...

  2. LOOK to Ohio achieves Signature Program Status

    Sep 3, 2017

    LOOK to Ohio achieves Signature Program Status

    Employers desire evidence of leadership skills and experiences in potential employees. High school students in Ohio are getting a jump-start through their participation in LOOK to Ohio. LOOK stands for Leadership Opportunities for Organizational Knowledge and is an innovative teen leadership program that incorporates three main components; monthly place-based education classes, a blended learning leadership course and service learning projects.

    Participants engage in place-based education through monthly face-to-face classes held at businesses and organizations throughout a particular county. Teens interface with business and community leaders to learn about topics and careers relevant to that day’s theme. The program is led by Margaret Jenkins, Gigi Neal and Kelly Royalty, Clermont County Extension Educators. For more information, contact Jenkins at

  3. NELD Applications Being Accepted

    Jul 20, 2017

    Enthusiastic about Extension work? Interested in developing your ability to lead Extension into the future? If your vision of your future includes building your career with Extension, then the NELD North Central leadership experience may be just the opportunity you need! Interested educators, program staff and specialists can apply by responding in 300 words or less to the question: “Why I am an ideal candidate for NELD North Central in 2018”

    To be considered for the 2018 class, send your answer to the question above to by August 7. You can learn more about the program at and direct questions to any OSUE regional director or assistant director.

  4. Grand Health Challenge

    Jun 30, 2017

    Congratulations to Barb Hennard, Auglaize and Mercer Counties Extension educator, who has championed the Grand Health Challenge for the last four years. The Grand Health Challenge is a weight loss challenge where teams from 2 to 7 members are encouraged to adapt a healthier lifestyle. The 2017 challenge ran from January through May with 138 teams comprised of 539 participants (largest ever). Monthly meetings and weekly emails motivate participants as well as educate them. To be eligible for prizes, participants must attend monthly weigh-ins. For this year, the overall combined weight loss was 3,409.1 pounds. Over the 11 years of the challenge, 4,008 people have participated and lost more than 39,000 pounds.

  5. Columbus Schools Earn Federal Farm to School Grant

    Jun 19, 2017

    It was recently announced that, “Building on efforts to encourage students to eat healthier, locally-produced foods - and support Ohio-based farmers and food producers - the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently awarded Columbus City Schools a nearly $100,000 grant to offer more sliced, fresh, local fruit in their cafeterias.” Carol Smathers, field specialist for youth nutrition and wellness, was lead author on the proposal. Read more...

  6. National Sciences Field Day

    Jun 19, 2017

    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.

  7. CFAES Dean Announcement

    Mar 16, 2017

    Provost Bruce A. McPheron has announced that The Ohio State University has recommended the appointment of Cathann A. Kress as vice president for Agricultural Administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. Kress, currently vice president for Extension and Outreach and director of Cooperative Extension at Iowa State University, will begin May 1. Read more...

  8. Discovery Themes Hire for OSUE

    Mar 7, 2017

    Ingrid Richards Adams is the first Discovery Themes hire for Ohio State University Extension, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Her appointment commenced January 1, and for OSUE Family and Consumer Sciences, her focus will be on critical thinking and how best to approach behavior change that leads to better health and nutrition in diverse populations.

  9. Making the FLE Approachable: The Planning Wheel

    Nov 30, 2016

    During the November 2 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) conference, FCS colleagues Patrice Powers-Barker, Katie LaPlant, Carmen Irving and Jacqueline Kirby Wilkins hosted a session on the Family Life Education (FLE) Framework. They presented a Planning Wheel infographic and FLE Framework infographic that are designed to complement, not replace, NCFR's current FLE Framework materials. They share the value and content of the conceptual model in a way that professionals, like FCS Educators as well as other Extension colleagues, can easily access, view, and implement FLE methodology in their daily work.

  10. HEAL MAPPS Community Involvement

    Nov 29, 2016

    Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys, or HEAL MAPPSTM, is a community-based research process that uses photography, GPS and GIS technology, and residents’ voiced perceptions to address food access, healthy eating, and physical activity. Coordination involves working with community partners, local extension offices, and campus faculty to plan, implement, and evaluate HEAL MAPPS. HEAL MAPPS engages people in community‐based participatory research (CBPR) to accomplish two objectives: (1) document attributes of the community environment that are perceived by residents to be supportive or inhibitive of healthy eating, and (2) assess local resources and readiness to implement community‐level strategies to address healthy food access and food insecurity among children and families. Read more...