Stay Strong Stay Healthy

A strength training program for adults aged 40+. Meets for 1 hour bi-weekly for 8 weeks to complete a series of eight exercises with a warm-up and cool down. Balance and flexibility are measured before and after the series. It is rare for a person to not see improvement in strength, flexibility or balance after taking this class. Fee: $50

Home Food Preservation

The 6 lessons in this curriculum that include: Harvesting and Storing Produce, Pressure Canning Low Acid Foods, Salsa, Jams and Jellies, In a Pickle and Freezing and Drying. These are hands-on classes lasting 1 ½-2½hours each. We can offer the series of classes or choose only one or two. Fee: $15 per class 

Cooking Matters and Cooking Matters at the Store

A Program from “Share Our Strength” that is designed for families with limited resources. Cooking Matters is a six session course that combines hands-on cooking experience with nutrition education. Participants take home the ingredients for one recipe to make at home after each workshop. Cooking Matters at the Store is a one-time workshop and is a tour of the grocery store that stresses food label reading and how to make the most of your food dollar. Fee: $0, the program is grant funded

Training Workshops for Child Care Providers

About 8 different training workshops are sponsored by the Missouri Team Nutrition Program and approved by Child Care Aware for Implementation. The nutrition information and resources build on knowledge and skills in nutrition and physical activity and gives the staff the capacity to encourage healthy habits in children. This program also provides professional development credits to daycare staff and providers. A grant pays the fees & expenses for these workshops.

Chronic Disease Self-Management

This is a 6-week course for anyone with any type of chronic condition. Participants meet once per week for 2½ hours to discuss the diseases and the impact they have on their lives. Topics include dealing with difficult emotions, nutrition, physical activity, pain and fatigue management, communication and working with your physician. Participants set and report on goals each week. The program was developed by Stanford University and Funded by the Arthritis Foundation. Fee: $0, grant funded

The Diabetes Self-Management workshop (DSMP)

DSMP is given 2½ hours once a week for six weeks, in community settings such as churches, community centers, libraries and hospitals. People with type 2 diabetes attend the workshop in groups of 12-16. Workshops are facilitated from a highly detailed manual by two trained Leaders, one or both of whom are peer leaders with diabetes themselves. Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration; 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; 3) healthy eating 4) appropriate use of medication; and 5) working more effectively with health care providers. Fee: $0, grant funded 

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP)

CPSMP is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are peers with chronic pain themselves.

Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, 6) pacing activity and rest, and, 7) how to evaluate new treatments. Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion books, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition, and Chronic Pain Workbook.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Workshops are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Fee: $0, grant funded

Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance is a holistic program focused on preventing falls among adults and seniors. A Matter of Balance is an award winning program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. This program is taught by University of Missouri Extension Specialists and consists of eight, two-hour sessions. The sessions help participants learn how to view falls and the fear of falling as something controllable. There will also be information on how to set realistic goals for increasing activity, as well as how to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors. In general, the program promotes exercise to increase strength and balance to help reduce the risk of falls in older adults. MU Health Sciences and research states that falls are the most common reason for adult emergency room visits. If falls can be prevented, adults can save thousands of dollars in healthcare expenses. Missouri citizens have identified aging and living independently as priorities for educational programming. Fee: $25

Taking Care of You

Taking Care of You (TCY) is an 8-session stress management program for adults.The Taking Care of You program was developed to help participants reduce stress levels and improve lifestyle behaviors. Over the eight program sessions, participants learn about concepts and practical strategies they can incorporate into their everyday lives to better deal with life’s challenges and stressors through discussions, mini-lectures and experiential opportunities. Program participants are provided opportunities to practice strategies during the program sessions and are encouraged to use program strategies outside of class.

Taking Care of You is based on concepts and strategies from the evidenced-based group program Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn of University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, as well as research-based concepts and strategies from the field of positive psychology. Fee: $25

Eat Smart in Parks

This effort includes the development of a model Eat Smart in Parks policy that guides parks in serving healthier options, training for state and local parks to assist them with using the guidelines and materials to promote healthier items. While the project is in its pilot phase, there is growing interest in ways parks and other places of recreation can offer fresh, flavorful foods to patrons that are good for them, too. The Eat Smart in Parks project team is led by individuals from University of Missouri Extension, Missouri State Parks, Missouri Parks and Recreation Association (MPRA) and the Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN). Fee:  Grant funded

Tasty Cooking for Hypertension

Let’s explore new flavors that can help you stick to a diet low in sodium and high in fiber, protein, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. All of these are needed to help reduce high blood pressure. Sessions will include nutrition dos and don'ts, creating your spice blend; and making a tasty meal to try. 

Cost: $50 for Two - 2-hour sessions

Other 1 hour Sessions: Healthy Holiday Meals, Healthy Eating on a Budget, Food Safety for Seniors, How to Read a Food Label, Nutrition and Aging, Diabetes Basics, Childhood Obesity, Dodging Dementia with Diet, Grocery Store Tours (Pop Up)

For more information or request for any of these programs, please contact Nutrition and Health Education Specialist

Lydia Kaume, Ph.D., RDN, LN    Email:

University of Missouri Extension, Jackson County

105 East 5th Street

Kansas City, MO 64106

Ph: 816-482-5850