Now Offering Food Safety Training

Do you work in food service? Are you interested in elevating your resume? Do you want to increase your food safety knowledge?

OSU Extension Greene County is now offering food safety training including the National Restaurant Associations ServSafe certification.

ServSafe Manager’s Certification (previously level 2) – a two-day, 15-hour course cumulating in a national exam that verifies a manager or person-in-charge has food safety knowledge to protect the public from foodborne illness, individuals with this certification also meet Ohio Department of Health Food Protection qualifications. This course is being offered in-person in 2022 and an online option through Training Achievement Program (TAP) Series, with proctored exam.

Person-In-Charge Certification (previously level 1) – A five-hour course, where individuals will receive a certificate of completion verifying the individual’s food safety knowledge, this course meets the guidelines for Ohio Department of Health’s Level One certification in Food Protection.

Occasionally Quantity Cook Training – This class is recommended for those who occasionally serve food to the public such as bake sales, church potlucks, school concession stands, etc. Students will learn the basic principles of food safety, food handing, personal hygiene, preventing cross contamination, time and temperature abuse, and proper cleaning and sanitizing.

For more information or to schedule a class please contact Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Laura Halladay via email: or phone 937-372-9971 or visit

Play Your Way Through the Holidays – Email Wellness Challenge


Does the holiday season stress you out instead of making you smile? Do you feel like you don’t have time to spend doing the important things? Join Ohio State University Extension for the “Play Your Way Through the Holidays” 6-week email wellness challenge to learn more about these and other wellness topics.

The email challenge connects participants with tips, research, and resources to help you navigate life so you can spend time doing things that are truly important to you. Sign up by going  and answer a few short questions to get registered. During the week of November 8th all registered participants will receive a pre-challenge message. Participants will then receive twice-weekly emails from November 15 to December 20, 2021. Participants will have access to optional resources available including the Ohio State University Extension Live Healthy Live Well Blog and Facebook pages, a free 4-part wellness webinar series, and a fun Bingo card. Pre-and post-challenge online surveys will be used to track participant progress and comments

Join this award-winning group as they offer another chance to connect with adults who are interested in wellness via email. “Play Your Way Through the Holidays” will challenge you to make play a part of your holiday season through traditions, gratitude, food, communication, activity, and laughter. This program is offered free and is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension.

For additional information contact Laura Halladay, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, at

Stop Stressing and Start Living

Life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress, and discover strategies to manage stress. Join FCS Educator Laura Halladay at the Yellow Springs Community Library on Wednesday, October 13 at 5:30 PM, registration is not required.

Basics of Home Food Preservation

Are you interested in preserving your own food? The Basics of Home Food Preservation workshop is a great starting point to introduce you to a variety of home food preservation methods.

Basics Of Home Food Preservation
Thursday, September 30 at 6 pm
OSU Extension Greene County
100 Fairground Rd
Xenia, OH 45385

Basic Information
The workshop will focus on the basics of canning, freezing, and other methods of home food preservation. Participants will learn basic food safety principles; the basics of getting started with water bath and pressure canning; and methods of freezing fruits and vegetables. 

Register at
Register by 9/28/2021

Other Details
The program is designed to before informational, and there will be an opportunity to look at a variety of food preservation equipment, there will not however be any hands on canning at this presentation.

This program will be held in person at the OSU Extension Greene County office, Ohio State University Extension follows current University and Local Public Health COVID-19 protocols.

For more information, contact Laura Halladay
Email: or call 937-372-9971

Connection Café: Dimensions of Wellness

Join OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Educators from across the the state for our latest Connection Café. Through out the month of September we will be covering the Dimensions of Wellness and their impact on aging. Sessions are free but registration is required,

Cooking for One or Two

Join FCS Educators from Ohio State University Extension and Central State University Extension for a free webinar: Cooking for One or Two. Sometimes cooking for one or two may seem like it is not worth the trouble, but everyone needs a variety of nourishing food to stay healthy. In this class you will learn strategies for preparing quick, easy and nutritious meals for one or two.

When: Monday, June 21 2021 @ 12 P.M.
Where: Online webinar
Cost: Free

Please contact Laura Halladay, FCS Educator with any questions 937-372-9971 or

Pressure Canner Lid Testing

Thousands of Ohioans are planning and preparing their home or community vegetable garden. An important part of planning should include your plan for the harvest. Many people chose to preserve their produce via home canning. For those planning to use a pressure canner, part of the preparation should include having the pressure canner gauge checked to ensure you are canning safely.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends you have your pressure canner lid and gauge tested every year. Ohio State University Extension: Greene County is offering pressure canner gauge testing on Tuesdays beginning in May. Please visit or call 937-372-9971 to schedule an appointment.

For more information contact Laura Halladay, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, at or 937-372-9971

Manage Your Money – 5 week series

Manage your money is a five-week program that helps people and families learn how to manage their money wisely. Lesson topics include:

  • Money Choices: Understanding your money values, wants and needs.
  • Financial Fitness: Steps to making a spending and savings plan.
  • $ Controls: Managing debt and credit, credit records and reports.
  • Nutrition Planning a Budget: Tips and tricks to making meals till next pay day.

When: Wednesday, May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2 from 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Will be held virtually via zoom – Zoom link will be sent the day before for each week’s lesson.
Cost: Free
Register: Registration is required, please register at this link

This program is utilized by Greene Metropolitan Housing as financial education to earn priority housing points. Upon completion of this 5 week (10 hour) program you will receive a certificate of completion. Please contact Brenda for more information.

Contact information: Brenda at sandman-stover.1@osu.eduor 937-372-9971

Master of Memory – Free Virtual Series

The Connection Café will feature the Master of Memory program series offered by OSU Extension this May.

Are you concerned about memory problems? If so, join us for this 4-part series, Master of Memory.

Studies show that 80 percent of older adults complain about memory problems, but only 15 percent report them to their health professional. People of all ages complain about forgetting, but older people tend to worry more about forgetting and memory loss. Regardless of age, memory losses are increased by factors such as inattention, anxiety or depression. Living alone, stress, illness, adapting to the loss of relationships, and the negative stereotypes of society all may affect the older person and their memory.

Master of Memory encourages participants to recognize they can impact their memory function and identify factors that may enhance or detract from their memory function. We will share suggestions that may help address some of those concerns.

OSU Extension will offer The Connection Café on Wednesday mornings at 10 am beginning May 5. These four sessions will be offered online. Sessions will include information on memory strategies, nutrition, medications, medical conditions, and exercise for the body and mind.

Sessions are free – but registration is required. You may register here:

If you have questions, please contact Greene County’s Family and Consumer Science Educator, Laura Halladay via email: or 937-372-9971

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