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.

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:

Free Virtual Food Preservation Series

OSU Extension of Greene and Clark Counties invite you to join us for a series of free Virtual Food Preservation Workshops. 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

New Family and Consumer Sciences Educator

My name is Laura Halladay and I am excited to join the Greene County OSU Extension team as the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Educator. I grew up in a rural area south of Buffalo, NY. I graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in Sports and Exercise Studies. Upon graduation, I moved to New Jersey and later New York City working in the parks and recreation industry. In 2011, I returned to Ohio to continue my education by obtaining a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Sinclair Community College and became a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR). I began my time with The Ohio State University Extension in Clark County as a SNAP-Ed Program Assistant and was later promoted to SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator. I am thrilled to continue my extension career in Greene County.

“Family and Consumer Sciences teaches individuals and families the skills they need to live healthfully in all areas of life. We offer people the knowledge, skills and tools needed to make healthy, informed choices which means healthier lives, better finances and more positive relationships at home, at work and in the community.” Learn more at

Once our lives return to normal, or the new normal, I am eager to meet you. At OSU Extension we have been able to telecommute. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or FCS program opportunities. I can be reached at or 937-736-7218. Please check and the Greene County OSU Extension Facebook Page for program updates.

Welcome to our new Family and Consumer Sciences Educator

Please join us in welcoming our new Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Educator to Greene County.

Laura Halladay is starting today with OSU Extension Greene County.

We are excited to have her join our team.  Please welcome her.

Her email is if you have any questions.  Laura’s direct phone number will be updated when it is up and going.

Once we are back at the office, we look forward for all of you meeting her!