Nutrition and health programs

A Matter of Balance

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.  The program 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.  Cost:  $25.

Chronic Disease Self-Management program

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a community-based program that assists participants in maintaining quality of life when faced with chronic medical conditions.  The SCSMP is a six seek series, with each class lasting approximately 2 1/2 hours.  Classes are held in community settings (e.g., senior centers, churches, libraries).  People with different chronic health problems attend together.  Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom deal with chronic diseases themselves.  Classes 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.  Cost:  $0.

Cooking Matters at the Store

Cooking Matters at the Store is a guided grocery store tour to help families buy healthy, affordable food.  Participants learn how to buy fruits and vegetables on a budget, compare unit prices to find bargains, read and compare food labels, identify whole grains and stick to a budget.  Participants receive a free guidebook and reusable shopping bag.  Registration is required.  Cost:  $0.

Cooking Matters 

Cooking Matters is a six week, two hour class that empowers families with the skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals.  Each session provides more than cooking instruction.  The course covers meal preparation, healthy grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition.  Registration is required.  Cost:  $0

Diabetes Self-Management

This class is much like the Chronic Disease Self-Management class, except it focuses exclusively on diabetes.  This diabetes workshop will help you take control of your diabetes rather than letting it control you!  During the workshop you will learn to:  manage symptoms; lessen your frustration and stress; fight fatigue; eat healthier and read nutrition labels; monitor blood sugar; make daily tasks easier; be active; communicate effectively with healthcare professionals.  Cost: $0.

Food preservation

Interest in home food preservation has increased with the farm to table movement.  MU Extension provides up-to-date, research-based procedural recommendations, tested recipes and hands-on workshops that assist the consumer in safely preserving produce and other products.  Workshops focus on pressure and boiling water canning basics, vegetables and other low-acid products, pickling, salsas, fruits, sweet spreads, dehydration, freezing and storage of produce.  A bi-monthly newsletter is also available online for consumers.  Cost:  Varies.

County Extension centers also provide pressure canner dial gauge testing.

Health Information for Men

The Health Information for Men (HIM) program encourages men to make more effective health choices, which can enhance their entire family's health and well-being.  It is best taught as a multi session series, but a single HIM module can be used as a stand-alone presentation.  Each module requires approximately 30 minutes to present, and includes a participant activity, an action plan for behavior change and handouts.

Performance Nutrition

A properly fueled athlete is better able to perform at a higher level, recover faster and stay injury-free.  Performance Nutrition:  The Competitive Edge is a six-module series focusing on nutrition guidelines that will help you properly, effectively and safely fuel up before, during and after practice or competition.  Topics include hydration, pre-practice or competition meals, post-practice or competition nutrition, supplements, female athlete triad, and the truth about protein.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth

The Small Steps to Health and Wealth program motivates participants to improve both their health and their finances.  Participants are encouraged to set a health goal and/or wealth goal, then take action to achieve their goals by identifying small progress steps.  Participants discuss 20 similarities between health and personal finance issues and learn 10 suggested behavior change strategies that can be applied to either area of life.

Stand Alone Child Care Training Workshops

Missouri's "Building Better Child Care" program helps to improve child care quality via research-based educational workshops that focus on developmentally appropriate strategies for getting along with children and arranging learning environments.  The program is funded by a Team Nutrition grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.  Participants can earn CEUs for each session attended.  Cost: $0.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) program is designed to increase aging adults' access to a safe, structured and effective strength-training program.  This 8-week strength-training program will focus on strength, flexibility and balance for older adults to help improve health and quality of life.  Classes meet twice a week and participants will learn safe techniques and form while participating in upper body and lower body strength exercises.  Registration and a signed medical consent is required.  Cost:  $40

Taking Care of You:  Mind, Body and Spirit

The Taking Care of You program was developed to help participants reduce stress levels and improve lifestyle behaviors.  Over the four weeks, participants learn about concepts and practical strategies they can incorporate into their everyday lives to better deal with life's challenges/stress.  Class time includes discussions, mini-lectures and experiential opportunities.  Program participants given opportunity to practice strategies during the program sessions and are encouraged to use program strategies outside of class.