1. Human Connections Promote Overall Wellness

    Mar 26, 2020

    Do you feel alone or disconnected while practicing social distancing? The North Central Region Aging Network has outlined some positive ways to help you strengthen your relationships and stay connected. <Read more…>

  2. COVID-19 Facts for Your Health and the Health of Others

    Mar 19, 2020

    Coronaviruses are a “family of viruses” with crown-like spikes on their surface. This type of virus is common in people and in different species of animals. There are seven identified types of coronaviruses that can infect people and three of the viruses can cause respiratory illnesses.

    In late 2019 a new coronavirus, causing respiratory infections – some fatal, was identified and named SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) in February 2020.

    In February 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) named the disease, caused by the new virus SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus Disease 2019 and abbreviated COVID-19. <Read more...>

  3. Healthy Food for Less than $2 per Meal

    Mar 18, 2020

    Americans have been asked to stay home from work, school, and other gathering places for an indefinite period during the current pandemic. Many have stocked up on items they want to have on hand. One photographer documented shoppers’ selections over the past weekend, capturing carts full of chips, soda, ramen noodles, frozen entrees, and disinfectant spray. Shoppers told him the items weren’t much different from what they usually buy, while also admitting they were indeed feeling a bit nervous. <Read more...>

  4. Celebrate Your Plate

    Mar 18, 2020

    Looking for recipes for low-cost, tasty meals that everyone in your family will enjoy? Celebrate Your Plate helps you budget for, plan, and create healthy, tasty meals. You’ll find recipes, shopping tips, cooking tips, and even tips on growing your own food. Plus, you can comment on recipes and read comments from others. Visit

  5. Whitney Gherman

    Whitney Gherman Receives Outreach and Engagement Award

    Mar 17, 2020

    Whitney Gherman, Marion County educator, received a 2020 Community Engaged Champion Award from the Office of Outreach and Engagement. “Heal, Repair, Restore” is a case study and story of land reuse and community empowerment.

  6. Amanda Woods

    Amanda Woods Receives Compass Award

    Mar 2, 2020

    Amanda Woods, Family and Consumer Sciences Healthy Finances program specialist, received a Compass Award and proclamation from the Ohio Treasurer’s Office for her work related to youth financial literacy.

    Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague announced Compass Award honorees for the month of February. The monthly recognition program shines a light on organizations, programs, and individuals across Ohio who are working to advance financial literacy and empowerment.

    “Ohio’s future hinges on our ability to prepare the next generation of Ohioans for success in the years to come,” said Treasurer Sprague. “Through the Compass Award program, we’re honoring the people and organizations across Ohio who are instilling our young people with the tools and knowledge needed to achieve a bright financial future.”

  7. Debbie Carpenter

    Debbie Carpenter is Shirley Brooks-Jones Citizenship Award Recipient

    Feb 5, 2020

    Congratulations to Debbie Carpenter, Lawrence County EFNEP program assistant, on being selected as the 2019 Shirley Brooks-Jones Citizenship Award recipient. The award was created to recognize staff members in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences who excel in providing outstanding and ongoing excellence in services to faculty, staff, students and/or others through communication, fairness, problem solving and contributions to positive change in the college. In honor of this recognition, Debbie received a plaque and $500 cash award during a recent CFAES Award ceremony.

  8. Burned out caring for someone? Attend this workshop

    Feb 5, 2020

    As people age and some become disabled, they may need a caregiver, and while that role can be fulfilling, it also can be exhausting and sometimes isolating. Anyone who cares for another likely has experienced the stress and possibly the feelings of helplessness that can come with taking care of an ailing person. To help caregivers through the many hurdles, The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) is co-hosting a free workshop on February 22.

    The workshop is for people who care for someone who is disabled or sick, adult children concerned about aging parents, as well as those who work for long-term care facilities. Although the workshop’s presenters will be in Columbus, their talks will be streamed live to locations in Akron, Athens, Caldwell, Fremont, Lebanon, and Ottawa. At each of the meeting sites, an OSU Extension educator and representatives from local social service or senior service agencies will be present to answer questions and encourage discussion.

  9. Healthy Living Resources Telecasts

    Nov 10, 2019

    Healthy Living Resources is a new telecast series presented by Family and Consumer Sciences program specialists that focuses on health, wellness, and the impact that stress has on our lives. Whether it be financial struggle or chronic disease management, stress can creep up as a result of many of the day-to-day events that we face in our lives. Tune-in monthly as the team interviews Family and Consumer Sciences educators and other specialists to discuss how they address, and hopefully prevent this from negatively impacting our overall health and wellness.

  10. November is National Diabetes Month

    Nov 7, 2019

    Having diabetes means you are more likely to develop heart disease and to have a greater chance of a heart attack or a stroke. Over time, high blood glucose from diabetes can damage your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart. Adults with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as people without diabetes. The good news is that the steps you take to manage your diabetes also help to lower your chances of having heart disease or a stroke.

    Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences offers classes related to diabetes education such as Dining with Diabetes and Dining with Diabetes, Beyond the Kitchen. Details at For more information on diabetes and cardiovascular disease, visit