Celebrate Black History – Join Central Community House for “Reflections”

Join Central Community House for Reflections. Celebrate Black History Month and learn about the Near Eastside from members of your community as they share their TRUTH. MC: Andre Barrett, Jr., Program Associate at Transit Arts, Musician, Vocalist, Poet; Musician: Johnae Spain, Coordinator at Transit Art, Violinist; Fun Family Art Piece: making a neighborhood (using items found at home). Reflection Speakers and Poets: Katerina Fuller, Program Manager at Transit Arts, Poet; Individuals from the Near East community and Greater Columbus area

  • When: Saturday, February 26, 2022 from 1pm – 4pm
  • Where: From the comfort of your home. Online only via Zoom
  • What: Storytelling. Art work. History. Community.

See the attached flyer for details and Register Here!

Eating Healthy On A Budget

Healthy eating is important at every age – and can be done on a budget. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding what to eat or drink, choose options that are full of nutrients and limited in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. Start with these tips:

  • Plan, plan, plan – Plan your meals for the week based on your food budget and make a grocery list that includes staples and perishables. Save money by buying only what you need.
  • Compare similar products – Locate the “unit price” on the shelf sticker near the item price. Compare different brands and sizes for the best money-saving option.
  • Stretch your food dollars – Add beans and canned or frozen vegetables to bulk up your meals and make your food dollars go further. You will reap the benefits of extra fiber, vitamins, and nutrients while feeling full.
  • Grow your own in your home – Grow herbs like basil and oregano inside your home for a fraction of the price. Small gardens can be grown on a windowsill or a kitchen counter.
  • Buy in bulk – Save money by buying larger quantities of foods that store well like whole grains, canned or dried beans, and frozen vegetables. Don’t overbuy foods that you will throw out later.
  • Look for on-sale produce – Grocery stores rotate their sales and buying what is on sale is a great way to save money and get variety. Do the same with frozen and canned items.

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Healthy Meal & Snack Ideas!

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Understanding the New Nutrition Facts Label

Earth-Friendly Ways to Prevent Slip Slidin’ Away

ANR Educator Andrew Holden will show you some earth-friendly ways to manage your sidewalks and driveway. Sustainable options for de-icing your sidewalk is part of the SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement) video series. This video series focuses on helping people live more sustainably within their homes and communities and promote simple everyday actions people can take to conserve energy, reduce waste, and save money. Andrew Holden; Extension Educator Ashtabula County, Agriculture & Natural Resources holden.155@osu.edu


Columbus City Schools hosts weekly Zoom sessions addressing the most pressing topics and answering some of the most common questions families may have called “Virtual Family Engagement Sessions.” These sessions are hosted by the Department of Communications & Engagement and feature expert District staff and many community partners sharing information and insights on important topics. Please visit CCS’s RSVP page to view and register for upcoming sessions. Archived sessions from the 2021-2022 school year are available HERE

During the Virtual Family Engagement Session on 11/9/2, OSU Extension Franklin County SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, Danielle Seidita, introduced the SNAP-Ed program, shared great ideas for stretching our food budget at the grocery store, and explored how to create a healthy meal using MyPlate! You’ll pick up a recipe or two from Celebrate Your Plate, as SNAP-Ed offers options to eat well, spend less, and satisfy the ever-changing tastes of children.

Friendship Pocket!

Sustainability and Your Fridge

Sustainability and Your Fridge is part of the SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement) video series. This video series focuses on helping people live more sustainably within their homes and communities and promote simple everyday actions people can take to conserve energy, reduce waste, and save money.

Alisha Barton Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences barton.345@osu.edu

Double your SNAP Dollars $$ at Common Greens Indoor Winter Farmers Market

Common Greens Launches Indoor Winter Farmers Market at Ohio History Center

Common Greens Winter Market Location Ohio History Center 800 E 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Michelle White Common Greens Executive Director

1-614-537-4120 // hello@commongreensohio.org


October 18, 2021 (Columbus, Ohio) — Starting the first Saturday of December, Common Greens will host a weekly indoor winter farmers’ market on the plaza level of the Ohio History Center. “We are thrilled with this location, as it’s centrally located and offers easy accessibility, abundant parking and natural light, and most importantly, shelter from the elements,” said Michelle White, Common Greens Executive Director. Customers can expect to find a marketplace filled with Ohio-grown produce, meats, dairy, eggs, baked goods and a variety of artisanal food products.

As a bonus, guests to the Ohio History Center will be asked to “pay what you want” for museum admission during market hours, which means everyone will be able to access their educational resources regardless of income. “We’re excited to provide a unique backdrop and experience for this winter market,” said Jen Cassidy, Director of Ohio History Center and Ohio Village. “In addition to locally-grown foods and artisan goods, our team is eager to help guests take home a bit of Ohio’s rich natural and cultural history,” she added.

The farmers’ market is a way for consumers to support local farmers and food producers and in turn, have access to the freshest, most nutritious foods available. The market will continue to provide a $1-for-$1 match up to $25 per market for SNAP and P-EBT shoppers as part of the Produce Perks Midwest network. To date, Common Greens markets have redeemed over $80,000 in fresh food incentives in 2021. While market offerings change with the season, farmers will still have winter squash, potatoes, root vegetables, onions and fresh greens over the winter months. Customers will be able to shop onsite and/or pre order market items through a centralized e-commerce platform. The online market store will be open on Tuesdays 10 am through Thursdays 5 pm.

The market’s farmers and food producers are excited for the extended season. “The availability of winter markets means I can keep areas of the farm fertile and productive, which translates into less loss of biodiversity in the soil systems,” said Dan Woods, owner of 9N Farm in Greenfield. “It also means a steadier income flow throughout the year instead of having to plan for part-time work off the farm over the winter,” he continued.

The winter market opens Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. indoors at Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Ohio, 43211, and will run through April 16th. Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Common Greens is a Columbus-based nonprofit working to amplify the impact of Ohio’s food producers and provide vibrant and inclusive spaces for communities to come together in celebration of local food. In 2021, the organization operated farmers markets in Bexley, Clintonville and Upper Arlington. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.commongreensohio.org/

Being Sustainable During the Holidays

Being Sustainable During the Holidays is part of the SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement) video series. This video series focuses on helping people live more sustainably within their homes and communities and promote simple everyday actions people can take to conserve energy, reduce waste, and save money.

Extension Today: Staying Active Indoors with OSU Extension!

Staying active any time is important, but you might need to be more creative in choosing your activities in the fall and winter when the weather outside can be cold and rainy, or snowy. You can use common household items for easy ways to get yourself moving indoors. Think step stools, stairs, light weights, bands, and small sliders….

Visit Extension Today to learn more and to check out the full playlist of Extension Today videos!




Live Healthy, Live Well

Pumpkin Spice Season

pumpkin spiced drinkAre you a pumpkin spiced lover? Do you flock to the local coffee shop or bakery to pick up the latest pumpkin spiced treat? You are not alone, in 2019 the pumpkin spice market was worth over half a billion dollars in the US alone.  Some of the popular additions to the trend this year are candy, hot or cold drinks, baked goods or mixes, ice cream or cold treats, breakfast foods, and even alcoholic beverages.

True pumpkin, not just the flavoring, is packed with fiber, potassium, vitamins A and C. Just one cup of pumpkin can provide 50% of your daily recommendation for vitamin C and 450% for vitamin A in only 50 calories. The beta-carotene in pumpkin has been shown to reduce the risk of developing certain cancers and heart disease.

If you love pumpkin flavors and want to add a few pumpkin foods or treats to your diet, consider making them yourself. Not only will you save money, but you can also have better control on the calories, sodium, fat, and sugar. A typically Pumpkin Spiced Latte has anywhere from 170 to over 400 calories, but if you make this version from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach you can make a low-fat, natural sugar version for about 120 calories. The recipe even ends up being a good source of vitamin D, calcium, and potassium. Other pumpkin flavor ideas include:

  • Pumpkin Oatmeal – mix your oats with skim milk and ½ cup of pureed pumpkin. Add ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice or some cinnamon.
  • Pumpkin Smoothie – yogurt, pumpkin puree, chopped banana, ice, pumpkin pie spice, and a small amount of honey blended until smooth. Make it into a pumpkin smoothie bowl by leaving your smoothie a little thicker and sprinkling granola and a few other fruits on top.
  • Quick Pumpkin Soup – pumpkin puree, vegetable broth, skim milk, and basil, ground ginger, and garlic powder.
  • Pumpkin Black Bean Chili – heat your pureed pumpkin, black beans, diced tomatoes, chopped veggies (onion, peppers, celery), with chicken broth and diced or canned chicken, and seasonings. Always look for the no salt added or low sodium versions of canned foods.

If you would like to pressure can your own pumpkin or winter squash my coworkers from the Ohio State University Extension Food Preservation Team recently did webinar full of tips. To access that information, go to: https://fcs.osu.edu/programs/healthy-people/food-preservation/office-hours-recordings  and click on Canning Winter Squash.

We can’t wait to hear your favorite ways to include pumpkin in your diet. Be sure to comment or share your favorite recipe or pumpkin tip.

Writer: Lisa Barlage, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Ross County.

Reviewer: Michelle Treber, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Pickaway County.

Article Source: https://livehealthyosu.com/

Fun, Food, & Community Support at Mid-Ohio Food Collective’s Community Resource Fair!

Mid-Ohio Food Collective, in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art and CareSource, hosted a fun-filled community resource fair on Wednesday, October 13th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the West Lawn of the Columbus Museum of Art. The event provided an opportunity for families to enjoy art and engage in family-friendly activities while meeting over 20 community-based organizations that support the community’s health and wellbeing.
Through “Museums for All”, the Columbus Museum of Art offered complimentary admission for visitors that receive food assistance through SNAP. Thank you to Mid-Ohio Food Collective, Columbus Museum of Art, and CareSource for inviting OSU Extension SNAP-Ed to participate in this wonderful event!

OSU Extension’s SNAP-Ed information table and MyPlate Game at MOFC’s Community Resource Fair, 2021