Nutrition and Health
MSU Extension offers free nutrition education to those that qualify. Topics covered in classes include “My Plate & My Pyramid”, label reading, food safety, healthy snacks, basic nutrition and shopping smartly. Our nutrition instructor teaches in a variety of settings with individuals across the lifespan, from preschoolers to older adults
- Project FRESH - WIC-eligible individuals receive coupons to purchase fruits and vegetables from local farmers markets. Participants learn how to choose produce that is locally grown, ideas for preparing fruits and vegetables, storage and preservation for fresh fruits and vegetables and how to increase their fruit and vegetable intake.
- Senior Project FRESH - Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH gives coupon vouchers to eligible older adults to get Michigan-grown fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices and honey from farmers markets and roadside stands.
- Cooking Matters - Cooking Matters for Adults or Teens is a nutrition program where participants will learn how to eat healthy, cook and grocery shop on a limited budget. The program consists of six lessons, lasting approximately two hours each.
- Show Me Nutrition - A six-week program for youth from Pre-K through eighth grade. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in age appropriate, interactive, hands-on activities that promote good eating habits, positive body image, physical activity and food safety.
- SNAP Ed - Teaches youth, teens, adults and seniors how to make health a priority through an instructional series.
For more information on nutrition education or to set up a program in your community/ school/ organization located in Clinton County, contact:
Roxanne White, Program Instructor
Phone: (989) 224-5238
- Michigan Fresh – (Fact Sheets) MSU Extension Michigan Fresh educational program helps people explore our state’s bounty of fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamentals.
- Michigan Cottage Foods Information – The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development website has numerous resources if you are thinking of beginning your own food business.
Food Safety & Preservation Resources
- USDA Safe Food Handling Links
- USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-800-535-4555
This hotline is staffed by food safety specialists. The “real person” hotline is available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time on weekdays year round. You can also choose from an extensive menu of recorded food safety messages 24 hours a day.
- So Easy to Preserve Book (6th edition);University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
- Complete Guide to Home Canning (USDA)
- and Rural Development
Local Food Resources
- MSU Center For Regional Food Systems
- Michigan Good Food Charter
- MI Farm to School
- MSU Extension Community Food Systems Page
- MSU Product Center and Michigan Market Maker
- Good Food Network Food Hub Resources
Farmers Market Manager Resources