Understanding core health and wellness topics are an important aspect of your family's overall well-being. From food safety to nutrition to chronic disease prevention and management, Illinois Extension is committed to helping families across the state and beyond live the best versions of their lives.
Considering taking the Certified Food Protection Manager Course and Exam, learning more about heart-healthy eating, managing diabetes, providing some worksite wellness classes in your local business, school foodservice trainings, bringing in nutrition or food safety education into a high school classroom, or curious how long to keep food, can, freeze or dry food, and safely store it? Contact Lisa Peterson, Nutrition & Wellness Educator, about upcoming programs, scheduling programs, and any nutrition or food safety-related questions or check out a non-exhaustive list of potential program offerings.
Dial Gauge Pressure Canner Testing
Dial pressure canner gauges need to be tested once a year. Over time, a dial gauge’s calibration can become inaccurate and show an incorrect pressure. If the pressure is even slightly lower than recommended, the internal temperature of the food will not be high enough to kill all the bacteria, and harmful toxins can build up and cause illness or death.
To get your pressure canner dial gauge tested, drop off your lid with a name and phone number at the Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, or Montgomery County Extension office. Once the lid is tested, you will be contacted about the results and for pick up. Testing is offered at no cost.
Healthy Recipes, Keeping Food from the Garden Longer, and More
Selling Food Made in the Kitchen at the Farmers Market
How to Freeze, Can, and Dry Food for Preservation
Dash of Wellness
Follow @DashofWellness on Instagram for easy step-by-step photo recipes focused around diabetes, heart healthy, and/or celiac-friendly recipes! Find University of Illinois Extension classic recipes as well as new ones the Nutrition & Wellness team has developed!
Around the Table
Stop by our table on Instagram @family.finances.food for practical, research-based information for your family from University of Illinois Family and Consumer Science Extension Educators.
Around the Table also has a facebook page! Sit around our table with University of Illinois Extension educators as we share our best tips for raising kids, eating healthier, and spending smart.
Putting Wellness to Work Program Brochure
Putting WELLNESS to WORK is a University of Illinois Extension program. This workplace wellness series will help you: * Gain understanding in topics that affect your health * Achieve confidence to make positive health choices * Improve health behaviors for a better quality of life
Countywide Food Pantries: Locate your food pantries in Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties
Farmers Market Guide: Learn more about farmers markets in Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery Counties
What's In Season in Illinois: Find out "What's in season" throughout the year
Who knew going to the breakroom could be so educational? The Breakroom Buzz, developed by three Family and Consumer Science Extension Educators, was created to provide interesting nutrition facts, fun food-related and lifestyle facts, a calendar of upcoming food-related holidays, and additional research-based tips for leading a healthy lifestyle. These colorful flyers are great for the back of in the break rooms at work or in the bathroom stalls and are a quick way to improve wellness in the workplace.
Recipes come directly from the Instagram page @dashofwellness
Appetizers, Dips, & Snacks
Side Dishes & Salads