Healthy Foods and Wellness

From food safety to nutrition to chronic disease prevention and management, Illinois Extension is committed to helping individuals and families live the best versions of their lives. A variety of health and wellness programs and training opportunities are available for community groups, childcare providers, school food service and employers interested in worksite-wellness programs.

Ensure safety in the home canning process.

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Interested in setting up a class, training or work-site wellness program? We offer group trainings, single sessions, and multiple sessions.

Class Options

Group Trainings

  • Certified Food Protection Manager Training: Food service staff can gain the minimum classroom work needed to sit for the national certification exam.
  • Putting Wellness to Work: Teach employees about health and wellness topics for navigating healthy lifestyles.
  • Childcare Providers: Continuing education through Gateways for childcare providers.
  • ABCs of School Nutrition: Free training for school food service staff on a variety of topics for USDA required continuing education.

Single Lessons

  • Best Bang for Your Food Buck: Save money on your food bill through meal planning and smart shopping.
  • Cooking for 1 or 2: Plan meals, shop and cook nutritious meals for yourself and someone else.
  • Balancing Better Bites: Learn ways to snack healthier between meals.
  • Meals for Diabetes: Discuss meal planning for diabetes.
  • Bringing Back the Basics: Try your hand at making something new!
    Classes: Salsa Making, Cheese Making, Freezer Meals, Quick Breads.
  • Through the Aisles Tour: Take a tour of a grocery store for tips on healthy shopping and meal planning.
  • Bring Your Goals to Life: Set achievable goals for your health and discuss ways to reach them in a support group setting. Return in 6 months to celebrate your successes.
  • Dining Out Without Filling Out: Identify healthier meal choices and substitutions for when you eat out.

Multiple Sessions

  • Meals for a Healthy Heart: Diet and lifestyle can help manage high blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • I On Diabetes: Talk about diabetes prevention and management, and practice meal planning.
  • Yes! You Can: Learn how to preserve food from canning to freezing to dehydration.