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:

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

Office Will Reopen with Limited Hours by Appointment Only

Xenia, OH – The Greene County office of OSU Extension will be reopening on Monday, June 29, 2020 with limited hours by appointment only.

The hours will be as follows: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Appointments can be scheduled by calling the office at 937-372-9971 or emailing Rebecca Supinger,, for 4-H Youth Development; Trevor Corboy,, for Agriculture and Natural Resources; Laura Halladay, for Family and Consumer Sciences.  Contact information for all other staff can be found at:

Ohio State will continue to evaluate and update plans based on evolving conditions with COVID-19.

When Extension employees are not in the county office, they will continue to telework. We are following strict guidelines to remain safe, and to keep our clientele safe as well. All service sector requirements for general office environments from the Ohio Department of Health will be strictly adhered to in each office.

If you have any questions, contact the local Extension office at 937-372-9971.

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The Greene County office of OSU Extension is a cooperative agency of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and the Greene County Commissioners.

Ohio State University Extension creates opportunities for people to explore how science-based knowledge can improve social, economic, and environmental conditions.

July 2020 Greene Co Phased Reopening of Office

Restart Ohio: Back to Healthy

Join Ohio State University Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences educators this summer for a fun, educational, and free new learning series! Restart Ohio: Back to Healthy is a great opportunity to learn about a variety of health and wellness topics, restart healthy habits, and learn more about what Extension and Family and Consumer Sciences has to offer you!

Who: Anyone is invited to participate! Invite your family and friends to join you virtually for this fun and educational opportunity.

What: Restart Ohio: Back to Healthy is not only an opportunity to learn something new this summer, it’s also an opportunity to connect with Ohio State University Extension! The series will cover a variety of topics, including herbs, active listening, parenting, conversation etiquette, and more!

When: July 7th – August 20th – This series will take place on Tuesday and Thursday of each week, from 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm.

Where: This series will take place on Zoom, so you can participate from the comfort of your own home (or home office)!

To learn more about the series, including a full list of topics visit

Register for the series here:

We look forward to seeing you this summer as we Restart Ohio: Back to Healthy!

The Basics of Pressure Canning – Free Virtual Workshop

Join us Wednesday June 24  at 6 pm for our next free Virtual Food Preservation Workshop on the Basics of Pressure Canning presented by OSU Extension of Greene and Clark Counties. Classes are free but registration is required, to sign up please go to

If you have any further questions please contact:

Laura Halladay, Greene County Family and Consumer Sciences Educator or 937-736-7218

Kathy Tutt, Clark County Family and Consumer Sciences Educator or 937-398-7600

Introduction to Water Bath Canning – Free Virtual Workshop

Join us Wednesday June 10 at 6 pm for our next free Virtual Food Preservation Workshop on Water Bath Canning presented by OSU Extension of Greene and Clark Counties. Classes are free but registration is required, to sign up please go to

If you have any further questions please contact:

Laura Halladay, Greene County Family and Consumer Sciences Educator or 937-736-7281

Kathy Tutt, Clark County Family and Consumer Sciences Educator or 937-398-7600

Fall Prevention – Social Media Campaign

According to Ohio Special Emphasis Report: Fall Injuries among Older Adults (2005-2014), unintentional falls among older adults are a leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injury in the U.S. and Ohio. 

For the month of June, we will be sharing tips to help you prevent a fall. These are great for everyone! Check out the tips and let us know what works for you.