Nutrition & Wellness

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. Have questions not addressed in the topics listed below or looking for an answer to a specific question?  Contact our nutrition & wellness educator, Diane Reinhold, to learn more about how Illinois Extension is prepared to help.

Free 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.

Testing is offered at Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago County Extension Offices. To schedule an appointment to get your Pressure Canner Dial Gauge tested, call the office nearest to you:

  • Jo Daviess County - (815) 858-2273
  • Stephenson County - (815) 235-4125
  • Winnebago County - (815) 986-4357

Healthy Recipes


These mouth-watering dishes are not only easy to prepare in your kitchen, but are also good for you! Check back as more recipes get added to the website.

rows of vegetables canned for preservation
Food Preservation Resources

Food preservation doesn't have to be a mystery.

Canning methods have changed over the years to improve the safety of the foods we store. The art of food preservation is not as difficult as you might first believe. University of Illinois Extension has all the information you need to solve the mystery of food preservation.

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Informational Blogs


Whether you're looking for inspiration to help you along your wellness journey or you're looking for helpful information for your health, these blogs will help you on your journey.

A healthy lifestyle Blog

To Your Health


Information by our Nutrition and Wellness Educators and Family and Consumer Sciences Educators from across Illinois.