Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters, one of the FNP programs, is a no charge cooking class that can be offered to groups of children, teens, adults or families.  Each session provides more than cooking instruction. Tips on nutrition, and healthy food purchases on a budget are also presented. The class runs for 6 sessions.

Stay Strong Stay Healthy

Missouri’s Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) program is designed to  increase aging adults’ access to a safe, structured, and effective strength  training program. Over the 10 weeks, participants will meet once a week and learn exercises to improve their strength, flexibility and balance. At each session, a prescribed set of 8 upper and lower body strengthening exercises are done along with warm-up and cool-down stretches. Participants are made to feel comfortable regardless of their current fitness level so they can safely participate and  gradually build the strength beneficial to health.


A program designed for participants to qualify for a Safe Food handler’s  certificate. At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
• Meet the new food code requirements.
• Identify the principles of food safety and methods of preventing contamination and food borne illness.  
• Be able to implement proper employee sanitation training.
• Become certified in food protection upon passage of final examination.

Food Preservation

The food preservation program will answer consumer questions and teach safe food preservation techniques. Opportunities for food preservation programming happen sporadically throughout the state. Extension will deliver food preservation lessons based on safe food handling research.  Sessions include training in safe food handling and preparation.  Preservation methods cover freezing, dehydration, pressure canning and hot water bath preservation.

Child Care

Missouri's "Build Better Child Care" program helps to improves child care  quality via research-based educational workshops that focus on developmentally appropriate strategies for getting along with children and arranging learning  environments.  The programs are funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and are offered at no charge.  Participants earn 2 clock hours of training credit for each session attended.

FNP-Free Gardening Classes