Mindfulness: Being Present is the Gift

In a season where there’s usually more than enough to do, we find ourselves living history with challenges all around us.  We are grateful for colleagues who joined us for 30 minutes of mindfulness during our Annual Extension Conference, online 2020. This page will share some links related to the short mindfulness practices we experienced during the session.

The premise of the winter session was “if I only have …. a short amount of time” to practice mindfulness, what can I do? We encourage individuals to create a routine and habit to practice mindfulness on a daily basis and it can also fit in throughout the day.

If I only have 30 seconds …

Just Breathe, OSU Your Plan 4 Health 

If I only have three minutes … 

Set a Daily Intention, by University of Delaware

If I only have five minutes …

Experience Five Senses by Jennifer Williamson

If I only have ten minutes …

Today’s guided imagery practice of the snow globe was scripted by Patrice Powers-Barker. If you are interested in listening to other Guided Imagery Practices, please visit the Wexner Medical Center. 

December 8, 2020, session was lead by Patrice Powers-Barker (powers-barker.1@osu.edu), Melinda Hill (hill.14@osu.edu), and Shannon Carter (carter.413@osu.edu) on behalf of the OSU Extension Mindful Wellness team.

Ohio Council on Family Relations 2017 Webinars

The Ohio Council of Family Relations (OHCFR) is the state affiliate of the National Council of Family Relations.  It is an organization for practitioners, academicians, and students serving Ohio’s youth, individuals, couples, and families over the lifespan through research, education, and practice.

In 2017 the OHCFR board decided to host professional development webinars as a way to reach and connect with members across the entire state. The following information is about a two-part webinar hosted in the fall of 2017. For more information about OHCFR please visit the website or follow on Facebook @OHCFR

The Effect of the Opiate Epidemic on Ohio Families (Part 1 of 2)

Presenter: Dr. Philip Atkins, Executive Director, Mental Health and Recovery Board of Union County

  1. Understand the scope and scale of the opiate epidemic in Ohio.
  2. Apply aspects of self-care in the context of their own experience of compassion fatigue when working with families affected by opiate abuse.
  3. Identify the stages of change in the Transtheoretical Model of Change and learn to recognize these stages in their families
  4. Differentiate between varying intensities of intervention and current treatment and recovery support practices in order to assist families in recovery.

Wednesday Sept. 20, 2017, 12-1pm EST

PowerPoint OHCFR Opiate Training 9.20.2017

Webinar Recording

Link to Evaluation for Part 1 of 2:  http://go.osu.edu/opiate1evaluation


Part 2 of 2, The Effect of the Opiate Epidemic on Ohio Families. Thursday, November 30, 2017, 12-1pm EST by Dr. Atkins

Webinar part 2 Recording

Ohio Council on Family Relations Celebrates 2017 #FamilyLifeEd Month With Webinar

The Ohio Council of Family Relations (OHCFR) is the state affiliate of the National Council of Family Relations.  It is an organization for practitioners, academicians, and students serving Ohio’s youth, individuals, couples, and families over the lifespan through research, education, and practice.


On February 23, 2017, Ohio State University Extension Educators, Katie LaPlant and Patrice Powers-Barker presented a webinar titled Using FLE Infographics to Develop Family Programming from Beginning to End. One reason to share this webinar in February was to celebrate Family Life Education Month #FamilyLifeEd. See below for links to PowerPoint, Infographics and recorded webinar.


We welcome questions and discussion about Family Life Education. Please contact us through email. Patrice powers-barker.1@osu.edu or Katie laplant.8@osu.edu. We would also like to thank our colleagues Carmen Irving and Jackie Kirby-Wilkins for all their work on this topic. Thanks also to OHCFR board members Rachel Archo and Courtney Walsh for help with this webinar.




Local Foods Connections

One of the things I love about my job is learning new things, working with a variety of colleagues from different fields of study and making connections between topics, ideas and projects that reach such a wide variety of people across our state!

This post is a July 2015 collection of different resources directed to different audiences about the same topic: Ohio Local Foods.

Local Foods does not have one definition. Depending on the individual, the food, the time of year, values and goals, “local” food can be defined in countless ways. A few ways to define include geographic region (such as county or state lines), miles between the producer and consumer (as in 100 mile diet), growing or harvesting your own food or purchasing directly from the producer such as farmers markets, farm stands or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). As I work hard to promote Ohio Local Foods Week and Ohio growers and producers, my other “local” growers include Michigan because I live in Northwest Ohio.

  • What’s Your Local Food Story? This recent Live Smart Ohio blog post encourages individuals and families to participate in Ohio Local Foods Week, August 9-15, 2015.
  • The easiest local food recipes I will make this summer: Water Infused with Ohio Produce – try some!
  • Vary Your Veggies – Ohio farmers and gardeners can grow a great variety of vegetables that fall into all 5 subgroups of vegetables in the MyPlate vegetable group.
  • Explore Ohio Foods, youth activity “energizer” to use at summer lessons and/or Explore Ohio Foods Flashcards
  • Local Foods: Part of Your Plan for Health? Your Plan Health archived webinar, May 20, 2015, 11:301m -12:00pm and recipes mentioned in the presentation
  • Ohio Local Foods Week: Feeding the Heart of It All, The Ohio Direct Food & Ag Marketing Team archived webinar, July 16, 2015, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Local Foods Activity placemats

On Monday July 20, Family and Consumer Sciences colleagues will be invited to participate in Ohio Local Foods Week 2015. Local Foods is an important and timely topic but it is not a new topic. The Cooperative Extension Service celebrated 100 years in 2014, so we have over a 100 year history of working with “local” foods from the field to the table. In recent years my colleagues have worked hard to share new information with Ohio consumers about local foods. This short presentation will highlight the new Ohio Local Foods Week toolkit and just as importantly, it will also remind us to continue to use the great Family and Consumer Sciences resources for nutrition, food safety, community and family. FCS_LocalFoodsWeek2015

The best resource for learning more about Ohio Local Foods Week 2015 is a the Local Foods Signature Program website. A few of the current resources: