Food, Nutrition and Health
K-State Research and Extension Education is your practical, up-to-date resource for healthy eating and active living in Sedgwick County. Our programs are developed using My Plate, which is the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Classes offered are interactive, with the latest in food and nutrition research and featuring today's food, culinary and lifestyle trends.
Making the healthy choice is not always the easy choice. Busy families, lack of time and food resources can make meal planning and preparation a chore. Information is available online or in an informal classroom setting.
Programs we offer
- Cook Once and Eat for a Month - Individuals will learn how to prepare 10 freezer meals for their families that are low in salt, fat that save time and money.
- Cooking for One or Two - Learn how individuals or couples can prepare and eat foods that are low in fat and sugar, while reducing fat.
- Healthy Cooking Using Fresh Herbs - Herbs can make your food taste better and add antioxidants to your favorite dishes. This class explores how to use and store herbs and spices.
- Tea Time Traditions - Tea is a popular drink around the world. Learn the history, health benefits and customs of tea in this program.
- Crockpot Cookery - Use your crockpot to save time and money preparing healthy and delicious meals for your family.
- Healthy Grilling Tips and Trends - Learn how to make the most of your grill. This program discusses how to use your grill to eat better.
- The Science behind Bread Making - Bread making is more than mixing a few ingredients together, discover the why and how of making really good bread.
- Preserve the Harvest - This day long hands on class covers pressure canning, water bath canning, dehydrating and freezing garden produce for future use.
- Walk Kansas - This springtime program encourages participants to get active and take a virtual walk around our great state.
Test Your Pressure Canning Gauge for Free - Please call 660-0100 before you come.
Current Health Topics
What is Zika Virus, and how do I protect myself and my family?
Zika is a mosquito-transmitted virus that has recently been reported in North America. The primary means of transmission is from the bite of infected female Aedes mosquitoes. Other modes of transmission that have been documented include blood transfusion, sexual contact, and rarely, from mother to child. For more information, visit the Zika Virus fact sheet below.