From food safety to chronic disease prevention and management to overall nutrition, Illinois Extension is committed to helping families across the state and beyond live the best versions of their lives. A variety of health and wellness programs and training opportunities are available for individuals, community groups, childcare providers, food service staff, and more. If you have a question, please reach out to one of our staff below to learn more.
Meals for the Fields
While you're out in the fields planting to feed the masses, don't forget to feed yourselves! Whether it's breakfast on the go or cold meals for the cab, here are some recipes to fuel you up during your long hours in the fields: Meals for the Fields Recipe Book.
- Balanced breakfast
- Cold meals for the cab
- Hot plates for a picnic
- Sides and snacks
Feeding My Baby from Cradle to Table
Illinois Cottage Food Information
Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention
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.
To get your pressure canner dial gauge tested, drop off your lid at the Livingston, McLean or Woodford County Extension office. Once the lid is tested, you will be contacted about the results and for pick up.
Managing Diabetes in a Modern World: Take the First Step Webinar: A free recorded webinar series to help enrich the quality of life of those living with diabetes.
Eating to Reduce the Risk of Diabetes: A free, self-paced, 30-minute course designed to help those with prediabetes, caregivers, and anyone who is interested in learning simple steps to reduce your risk factors.
Recipes for Diabetes: Diabetes-friendly recipes, including main dishes, side dishes, and desserts.
Fiesta of Flavors - Hispanic Recipes for People with Diabetes: Traditional Hispanic recipes that cater to diabetes meal plans.
Cooking with Children: This factsheet includes information on kitchen safety and age-appropriate cooking activities.
Creative Ways to Use Leftovers: Instead of tossing out leftovers, save time and money by reusing them to create new meals.
Substitutions for Common Ingredients: When you're missing ingredients, check to see if there is a substitution before making an extra trip to the grocery store.
How to Build an Emergency Food Supply: Access to safe food is a major concern during any emergency or natural disaster.
Easy Steps to Freezing Foods: Freezing is one of the easiest ways to store foods for a long period of time.
What Can I Freeze?: A list of how long common foods will last in the freezer.
Identifying Reliable Health Information: Learn to identify trustworthy sources for important health and wellness information.
Be Active Be Healthy Challenge: 28-day challenge board, including fun food science activities, new recipe ideas, and active ways to keep your mind and body healthy.