Join the Strong @ Heart Email Challenge

We know that 2020 was a rollercoaster for most people, and 2021 isn’t starting out much better. So, during the Strong @ Heart challenge, we want to connect with you on a more personal note about how heart disease has impacted and continues to impact the lives of many of us.

Get or stay Strong @ Heart with this 6-week challenge. You can register at

Challenge Dates: February 1, 2021 – March 10, 2021

Topics Covered:

  • Mindfulness
  • Go Red for Women & for Fruits & Veggies
  • Prevention and Signs & Symptoms
  • Physical Activity–Basics
  • Sleep
  • Nutrition—Fats
  • Gratitude
  • Nutrition—Sodium
  • Nutrition–Dining Out
  • Physical Activity—Health Benefits
  • Nutrition–Meatless Monday
  • Hobbies & Laughter

What is the cost? It’s FREE!!

Who can participate? Any adult with an email account.

How do I sign up? Go to

Southern Ohio Farm Show

This week on the Southern Ohio Farm Show enjoy an updated weather forecast, tree identification and winter farm safety.  Tune in next week for a Super Bowl themed episode!

2021 Take the Leap Year Program

Take the Leap Year is a teen-led, five-month, free program available to Ohio 4-H Teens ages 13-18.  The goal is to help teens from Ohio gain leadership skills, career development skills, and learn how to establish and maintain goals. They will learn these skills through programming, journaling, and working with their peers.

Registration is now open at and due January 24, 2021.

More information about the program:

Meetings will be held virtually on the third Wednesday of each month from February-May. There will be two meetings in June, with one on the second Wednesday of the month and on the fourth Wednesday. These workshops will be held in the evening. Each session will have different themes taught by teen leaders. Prior to beginning in February, registered participants will receive a package in the mail with supplies for the program.


Plans with the corresponding month:

  • February: This meeting will be an introduction to the program. Throughout the program, we are challenging teens to pick one word to apply to all aspects of their life. This word can help them reach their goals.
  • March: Working with teens to develop a 5-year plan to help them determine what they would like to accomplish in the near future.
  • April: Teens will learn professionalism skills that will benefit them in their later careers. They will learn about resume building, elevator pitches, business cards, and much more!
  • May: Participants will learn about state opportunities within the Ohio 4-H program.
  • June (2nd Wednesday): Q& A with 4-H alumni and the opportunity to learn about several career paths.
  • June (4th Wednesday): Closing Ceremony



Attend the Virtual National Youth Summit on Healthy Living

National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living: This year the National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living is going virtual!

Target audience: high-school age youth and adult participants

 Dates: February 12-15, 2021

Times: Friday 6-9pm; Saturday 1-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm; Monday 12-3pm

Cost: An Ohio 4-H Foundation grant will cover your $75 registration cost, with the following expectations:

  • Commit to attending the summit
  • After the summit, work with your 4-H Educator to identify a health need in your community and create and complete an action plan to address this need.
  • We will also plan to have times when Ohio participants can meet virtually after the Summit for additional educational sessions and sharing.

If you are interested in attending email Brandy at by noon THIS Thursday, January 28.

Other information

Participants will receive a follow-up email to select one track; they will remain in this track throughout the summit (that is, select workshops from that track). There are choices of workshops within the track.


  • Food Insecurity
  • Health Equity
  • Physical Fitness
  • Substance Abuse
  • Nutrition
  • Mental Health
  • Adult Track for professional development




Specialty Crop Webinar Series

Ohio State University Extension in Warren County is offering a webinar series as a replacement for the 2021 Southern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is free, but is required to get access to the zoom.

Monday, February 1, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m.
Tips for Managing Pumpkins, Sweet Corn and Invasive Pests
Presenter: Jim Jasinski, Ohio State University Extension, IPM Program Coordinator

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fresh Ohio Strawberries at Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Presenter: Brad Bergefurd, OSU Extension, South Centers

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m.
No “Wining”—Just Growing Grapes & Brambling Along Too!
Presenter: Erik Draper, OSU Extension, Geauga County

FLYER and Class Descriptions

Registration is Now Open for Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2021 Virtual Ohio 4-H Conference will bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across Ohio. You can participate in a variety of educational sessions that offer something for everyone! Join us as we learn from one another to make the best better for Ohio 4-H programs. There will be no charge for those attending this year’s conference.  Registration and session information can be found at

Virtual sessions will start at 9:00am on February 20, and 7:00pm on February 23 & 25.

Southern Ohio Farm Show

This week’s episode is great for local farmers and 4-H youth who are wanting to show livestock. Also, don’t miss talks about bio security, discussion regarding farm bill decisions and  a ride in a semi to the elevator.

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4-H Polar Mystery SPIN Club for grades 6-8

A polar scientist has gone missing and no one can find her. Using data and maps, you will pinpoint her location and help to discover who took her in this virtual 4-H Special Interest Club to be held on Zoom Mondays Jan. 25 to March 15 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Register online here. Offered jointly by Ohio 4-H, the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and collaborators at Rutgers University.


Southern Ohio Farm Show

In this episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show, learn about the upcoming Strong @ Heart email challenge, Red Mulberry tree identification and the first of a multi-part series on the 2021 Farm Bill Decisions.
The second part of the Farm Bill Decision program will air next week, so be sure to tune in on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Virtual Dining with Diabetes

Do you or someone you love have diabetes?  With 30 million diabetics in America, you are not alone! Join OSU Extension’s Dining with Diabetes and learn how to incorporate good, healthy cooking techniques and other practices to help control your blood sugar through our cooking school and nutrition education program designed for people with diabetes and their family members or caregivers.

Dates:  February 1 –   10:00 A.M.- 12:00 P.M.

February 8 –   10:00 A.M.- 12:00 P.M.

February 15 – 10:00 A.M. -12:00 P.M.

February 22 – 10:00 A.M. -12:00 P.M.

Cost: Free


Zoom link will be sent to your email address 24 hours before the class.

Questions: Please contact Margaret Jenkins,, FCS Educator, Clermont County.