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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.

Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious Blog

Jenna Smith, Registered Dietitian, brings you helpful tips and recipes to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!

Free Pressure Canner Testing

Canner lid 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.

Pressure canner testing is available at other Extension offices around the state as well. For more home preservation resources, visit the state Nutrition and Wellness page


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.

Diabetes clinics are informal but informational programs with a different topic each month designed especially for persons living with diabetes. 

Preview of the diabetes clinic newsletter first page

June 2021 - From A1C to Z 

May 2021 - Diabetes Self-Care

April 2021 - Meal Planning

March 2021 - Carbohydrates

February 2021 - Heart Health

January 2021 - Goal Setting

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.