Caregiver Support Network Webinar


Join the Caregiver Support Network for two free webinars on

Wednesday February 17 – online via Zoom

10 am: Respite and Caregiver needs: Creating your respite plan

2 pm: Sharing respite experiences and resources: Where do I start?

Who should attend: 

  • Family members caring for an adult or senior with chronic illness or disability
  • Adult children concerned about aging parents
  • Parents caring for adult children with disabilities
  • Long term workers: assisted living facility, adult family home or home care agency staff
  • Social service, adult day service or mental health professionals who work with family caregivers

For more information:



You only need to register once to attend one or both webinars

Contact: Laura Akgerman at 614-292-0622 or

Strong @ Heart

What do David Letterman, Burt Reynolds, Reggie Lewis, Barbara Walters, Bill Clinton, Hank Gathers, Toni Braxton, Kelsey Grammar, Dick Cheney, and Bret Michaels all have in common? All of them have or had some form of heart disease.

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States? Even if you do not have a personal or family history, it is likely that you will still be impacted in some way by heart disease during your lifetime. Whether it is a friend, a co-worker, a professional athlete, a celebrity, a neighbor, or a loved one, if you don’t already know someone who has been diagnosed, you likely will.

The Live Healthy Live Well Team would like you to get “Strong @ Heart” with us this February as we celebrate American Heart Month. You may be thinking, yeah, yeah, yeah, but I don’t want a bunch of medical jargon thrown at me. Great! The Strong @ Heart email challenge will give you some information about heart disease and some tips on how to help you stay healthy, but it will be relatable. You see, many of the writers have personal stories as to why this topic is so important to them, myself included.

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. For registration: , Answer a few questions and you are set. Expect a pre-challenge message the last week of January.

So many treats! How to encourage healthy eating through the holidays

The holidays can be a difficult time to stick to a healthy lifestyle. Join us in learning some strategies to not just survive the holiday treat season, but thrive in your healthy choices.

A free Lunch and Learn presented by Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Laura Halladay on December 15 at 12p, please register by December 13th


Food Preservation Team Fall Office Hours

Join the Ohio State University Extension Food Preservation Team for their fall office hours on Tuesdays from 4pm-5pm. Each week the team will cover a different topic and answer any home food preservation questions you may have.

To register please visit

Healthy Living Lunch and Learn Series

Please join a team Family Consumer Sciences professionals from around Southwest Ohio for series of free lunch and learn webinars on a variety of Healthy Living topics.

Webinars will be once a month on Tuesdays from 12 pm – 1 pm.

  • September 22: Back to School in the Age of COVID – Presented by Kellie Lemly, FCS Educator Champaign County
  • October 20: Living in the Present Moment – Presented by Laura Stanton, FCS Educator Warren County
  • November 17: Holiday Gift Giving on a budget – Presented by Brenda Sandman-Stover, FCS and 4-H Program Assistant Greene County
  • December 15: Healthy Eating During the Holidays – Presented by Laura Halladay, FCS Educator Greene County

More information: Healthy Living Series Flyer

You can register for individual classes or for the whole series at:

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Presents a New Online Learning Opportunity

When: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 6 pm

Where: Join us via phone, tablet, or computer!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday August 25, 2020

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) can show you how to eat healthier and be more active even on a limited budget.

Limited-income parents and caregivers who participate in EFNEP learn how to make food choices to improve the quality of the meals they serve their family. EFNEP offers a series of nine, 30 to 45-minute workshops via live online Zoom meetings that offer opportunities for discussion, being physically active, and building food resource management skills.

 For questions or accommodations contact:

Iraida Salas , Bilingual Program Assistant

Click link to register:

Do you have a financial question?

You’re not alone! OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Healthy Finances educators are sensitive to the economic challenges many families and their communities face. Whatever your situation, we are here to help.

Our county-based Family and Consumer Sciences Extension educators are here to answer your questions, and are offering FREE financial education and tools to assist families in improving both present and future economic well-being. Submit your question below, an Extension educator will respond within 5 business days.

To submit a question, visit!

Dog Days of Summer and Sun Safety

July is UV Safety Awareness Month

The dog days of summer are upon us. The Farmers Almanac  considers the official dog days of summer to be July 3 to August 11. While I’ve heard this idiom most of my life, I was surprised to recently learned that the phrase “dog days of summer” has its roots in ancient Greek where it is in reference to the star Sirius (meaning glowing or scorching) rising with the sun, soon after summer solstice, and often corresponding with the hottest days of the year. The Sirius star is frequently referred to as the Dog Star as it is the brightest star in the Canis Major constellation. In fact, the Sirius star is the brightest star we can see with the naked eye (besides the sun). In ancient times it was believed by some that the brightest of the Sirius star contributed to the magnified heat of summer.

We often use the phrase dog days of summer to describe the hot, humid, and seemingly oppressive days like we have been experiencing the last few weeks. With the sun’s intensity at its highest we need to continue to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful Ultra Violet (UV) radiation rays. The CDC says that UV rays can cause damage in as little as 15 minutes. Sun protection is important for all skin tones. There is sometimes a misconception that Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) are protected from skin cancer because of darker skin tone.  Another misconception is a base tan will protect individuals with light skin from getting a sunburn. We need to remember that tanning is the body’s response to sun damage; there is no such thing as a “good tan”. Ultimately, any sun exposure can lead to skin damage.

Some tips to staying sun safe during the dog days of summer include:

  • Limit sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm
  • Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with 30 to 50 SPF (Sun Protection Factor) – reapply, at least every 2 hours
  • Clothing – Tight woven fabric and darker colors offer the most sun protection there are also several companies that make clothes out of light-weight UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) or UV resistant fabric.
  • Sunglasses (year round) – look for labels that say the glasses block 100% of UVA and UVB rays
  • Wear a hat – it is best to wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your nose, ears, and neck.

For more sun safety tips check out our Ohioline fact sheet


Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) Virtual Programming

New Online Opportunity Available


The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) at The Ohio State University Extension is offering a new online learning opportunity – Eating Smart-Being Active .

The series is nine, 45 to 60-minute workshops conducted via live online Zoom meetings that offer opportunities for discussion, being physically active, and building food resource management skills. Limited-income parents and caregivers who participate in EFNEP classes learn how to make food choices to improve the quality of the meals they serve their family.

These classes are free of charge. For more information about how to register for an upcoming series in Montgomery, Greene or Clark counties, or to host a series for your agencies’ clients, please contact Nancy Lyons, EFNEP Program Specialist at 937 224-9654 extension 120, or at