1. Dunfee Selected to Serve on Ohio State Suicide Prevention Board

    Dec 12, 2018

    Lorrissa Dunfee, Ohio State University Extension Educator, Belmont County, was selected to serve as a board member of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. She will serve a three-year term. “I wanted to be able to bring to light issues here in Belmont County related to mental health and suicide, and then see across the state how other areas are dealing with it," she said. The mission of OSPF is to act as a catalyst and steward of statewide suicide prevention efforts by supporting community-based efforts to reduce stigma, promote education and awareness about suicide prevention, and increase resources and programs to reduce the risk of lives lost to suicide.

  2. My 2019 Calendar

    Dec 12, 2018

    Download and print your own My 2019 Calendar. The handy one page calendar highlights important Ohio State University academic dates, university holidays and other US holidays and observances. Code is also available to stay up-to-date on the go (ICAL) (HTML) for your smartphone or online calendar. A PDF of the 2019 printed calendar is available here. (2018)

    Details regarding how to import/subscribe to the calendar in Outlook is available at

  3. Great Lakes Apple Crunch

    Sep 14, 2018

    Celebrate National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples at NOON on October 11. Everyone is welcome to crunch!

    Although the aim for a collective crunch is on October 11, groups are welcome to crunch any day or time in October that works for them and post photos to social media. Visit the Apple Crunch Facebook page to get updates and see photos from last year’s crunch. Help Ohio beat its crunch record!

    Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018 Location: Any site including K-12 schools, early care settings, hospitals, colleges/universities, business campuses, state agencies and other organizations across Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

    For question or more information, contact Carol Smather ( or Amy Fovargue (

  4. "Dine In” With Us! OSU Extension Family Meal

    Aug 7, 2018

    Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Dine In Day, December 3, is a day to set aside and share a nutritious meal with family, friends, and colleagues and have good conversation. Dining In at home together really does make a difference in the lives of our families – biological or otherwise. Sharing a meal is so fundamental to the human experience that sometimes we take this simple task for granted. Dining In at home together decreases our families’ chance of being overweight or obese. It improves our families’ relationships. We save money and eat healthier when Dining In.

    To make the pledge to Dine In with your family on December 3, go to and make your commitment today. The site has great “Dining In” promotional resources, logo merchandise and articles available. Visit:

  5. 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...

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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...

  10. 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.