Extension in Action!

fruit and smoothies in glass on a table OSU Extension Wood County is offering Eat Right by Each Bite -Virtual classes. This are some of our classes to kick off 2021! We have included our Lunch and Learns classes.

Register by clicking the link for each class that you would like to attend. OR email smith.11604@osu.edu to register.


  • April 14th 12:00–12:45pm The Mediterranean Diet Part 2: In this workshop, we will expand on the Mediterranean Diet, and build on the information from the first session. Mediterranean Diet part 1 is a prerequisite to register for this class. Learn more about the study of the  5 blue zones, “which are longevity hot spots around the globe.” Participants will learn what centenarians eat to live to the age of 100 and beyond. Participants will be asked to complete a brief pre-survey to ask how are following the Mediterranean diet and we will discuss it during the presentation.
    Register here: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtc-GsqzosE9KzClxxBY-6aDguLCbZRY0E

  • April 21st 12:00–12:45pm Build your Immunity through Colorful Foods  I’m sure you’re familiar with the line, “Eat the Rainbow.” Adding color to your meals will help you live a longer, healthier life. In this workshop, we discuss how you can paint your plate with colors of the rainbow, and why it’s so important.
    Register here: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpc-Gvrz8oHdKgZL_v3euM8oqzbr5sOKRv

  • May 5th 12:00–12:45pm Step into Summer with a Healthier Hear: Every 40 seconds someone in the US has a stroke and about 80% of strokes are preventable by behavioral changes. Examples include choosing a healthy lifestyle by consuming more fruits and vegetables; engaging in physical activity; moving more and sitting less; limiting sodium intake; and managing stress through relaxation techniques and gratitude.
    Register here: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvduCrqzoqHNwgiq3KKcCXJ3Q6nCq8dQbo

  • May 19th 12:00–12:45pm Make your Salad Fresh Again Spring and summer, the ideal time to enjoy fresh produce in meals throughout the day. Salads are a great way to combine the flavors of you r favorite fruits and vegetables. This session, “Make your Salad Fresh Again”, will help you learn tips to save time and add a rainbow of color in the foods you eat. Participants will also receive a meal planning tool handout.
    Register here: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tfuyrqT0oH9LXDFghu2juGOf0Aa-0woHT

  • May 26th 12:00–12:45pm Eating for a Healthier Lifestyle: Did you know that the average American scores 59 out of 100 in the Healthy Eating Index. This measures closely how one’s diet aligns with the dietary guidelines. Many Americans are not meeting the recommendations.  Research has link overconsumption of alcohol, added sugar, sodium and saturated fat to many chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. DO you want to improve your health and reduce your risk of chronic diseases ? This session will provide the newest recommendations provided by United States Dept. of Agriculture and United States Department of Health and Human Services.
    Register here: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMucuGurzgiGtNAlAuWr5F9ikuL5SeIw1mI

  • June 2nd 12:00 – 12:45pm Essential oils 101: Aromatherapy, or the use of essential oils, dates back thousands of years. Today, the practice has evolved into a $12 billion global business.  Despite today’s popularity, essential oils are not regulated by the FDA, Additionally, they are not all created equally. This program will discuss what essential oils are, why you might want to use essential oils and how to safely use essential oils for you and your family.
    Register here: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckduqgrT4oEtXs0LdVlQjcXnHAS56Bu3P4

  • June 9th 12:00pm – 12:45pm Cooking with Quinoa
    Learn about the health  benefits of this economical food. This program will focus on the benefits of this food in the diet, how to cook quinoa and recipes to try at home.
    Register here: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElcuCqrTsrGtAkOoFKCzFTQPHgvne8mOIC

  • June 16th 12:00 – 12:45 pm Protect your Skin: Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay natural aging and prevent various skin problems. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and most cases are preventable. This program will discuss the effects of UV light on the skin and eyes, provide insight on the importance of sunscreen, discuss types of skin cancer, sun safety strategies and highlight the qualities of effective sunscreen.
    Register here: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqdO6orTMtGtE_HKXCN7QagVgUwjLSNFFa

  • June 23rd 12:00 – 12:45pm Exploring the DASH Diet to improve Blood Pressure
    Nearly half of the adults in the US have high blood pressure and only 1 in 4 adults have it under control.  Uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to many complications. The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a lifestyle that has been proven to lower blood pressure by the foods we eat.
    Register here: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpceurrTwtGN1K0b8ZeFea8aWVIrvo3nc0



be savvy with your spirits from 12 to 1230FCS Lunch and Learn Series: Restart Ohio, Back to Healthy- Be Savvy with your Spirits

Meeting Recording: https://osu.zoom.us/rec/share/2-klJq7Lq1xJQrff1kT1GaI4FIPFaaa82idMqPVbzhxic-va7Ds1fpDGg_0egvIo

salad with fruits and vegetables We invite you to enroll in our new virtual Eat Right by Each Bite program to receive 2 weekly text messages . These messages may also include a recipe or a link to other health related resources. This program also allows you to have virtual support from nutrition professionals Susan Zies and Shannon Smith. After receiving the text message or email-feel free to reply back with a question or comment and the message will come directly to us. This method allows us to continue with a two-way communication while we are working virtually and unable to offer any face to face classes for the next two months.

 Sign up by texting @dwd2020 to the number 81010 

81010 will be the phone number and @dwd2020 is the message.
** Your phone number will not be displayed to anyone. Texts can be stopped at anytime by texting @LEAVE and you will not receive future messages 

For those signing up via email, use the following link and sign up to receive bi-weekly emails https://www.remind.com/join/dwd2020

For assistance signing up, please contact Shannon Smith. Email smith.11604@osu.edu or call 419-819-3078. 

two people with smoothieSusan Zies and Shannon Smith share a recipe for a Powerful Purple Smoothie, in Exploring power of the purple Smoothie: Quick breakfast or drinkable dessert. 



Katie Stechschulte shares a recipe for Vegeterian Tortilla Soup in the article,girl sitting outside holding soup  Teacher in the Kitchen. A great recipe made using pantry items, and cooks in one pot. The cost comes down to 57 cents per serving. Make the soup in bulk, and freeze for another day!


Shannon Smith shares a recipe for Energy Bites,4 people sitting outside holding food. as well as Fruit and Peanut Butter Wraps in the article Stay at Home Treats. These recipes are a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen by making these fun and healthy snacks.