Extension in Action!

fruit and smoothies in glass on a table OSU Extension Wood County is offering Wellness Wednesday -- Virtual zoom classes. Here are the winter classes we will be offering in 2023!
Register by clicking the link for each class that you would like to attend. OR email smith.11604@osu.edu


  • March 15th 12pm-12:45pm:: Digital Detox It may be time to give yourself a technology break. This session will focus on the physical, mental and social impacts too much technology has on our health. We also will discuss digital detoxing and the benefits it has.
    Registration Link: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUuc-mhpzkjGdUx6sjElGVTvSH_CAtoCgk-

  • March 29th 12pm-12:45pm:: Rethink your Drink Most of us eat and drink too many added sugars, which can lead to significant health problems. Sugary drinks are the leading source of added sugars in the American diet. This program will help attendees identify the risks associated with too much sugar in the diet, learn how to identify drinks with added sugar and help participants shift consumption to healthier, low cost beverages.
    Registration Link: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtf-6ppjotG9ITWKmbKEIbirZdNyqId1Fw

  • April 12th 12pm-12:45pm Going Green this Spring Leafy greens are one of the most nutrient dense foods that we can eat! During this presentation we will break down some of the nutrients in leafy greens and how they support our body’s function. We will also talk about the added benefits that eating leafy greens can have on our body. Finally, we will learn some new recipes that incorporate leafy greens into the diet and have taste testing too!
    Registration Link: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkdu2prDgtHNTvhRlrlv2YOwcaMuHGF4_0

    April 19th 12pm-12:45pm The Mediterranean Diet Part 2- The Blue Zones: 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.
    Registration Link: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkdOyhrT0rGNSXSrEY8vX0VjNNjurkgj7e

    April 26th 12pm-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.
    Registration Link: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpd-Gqpj0sEtbWLBdo8V0ukcCO2LikgVX3

    May 10th 12:15pm-1:00pm Beyond the Gym Presented by the Ohio State University, Buckeye Wellness Team. There are many ways to incorporate movement into your day without ever stepping foot in a fitness facility! Discover the opportunities in various settings to improve health and fitness while enjoying the journey.
    Registration Link: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYocuyoqzgjH9y1pvvPZJSrqqf7d8M0aY5W

    May 17th 12pm-12:45pm Why Choose Whole Grains? Whole grains offer a wide range of nutrients and benefits for our overall health. In this presentation, we will discuss what a whole grain is, the benefits provided by whole grains and how to incorporate more whole grains into your diet. We will also provide tips on what to look for on a nutrition food label to determine if it’s a true whole grain.
    Registration Link: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lcOqgqzovG937u1lL3ljpQsH6TYXthovE

    May 31st 12pm-12:45pm Nutrition's Role in a Healthy Microbiome: In this workshop you will learn the important role the human microbiome plays in human health as it relates to metabolism, immunity development, nutrition, and its link between various diseases.  We will explore tips to nourish our human microbiome through the foods we choose in order to fuel our body. We will also discuss the difference between prebiotics and probiotics
    Registration Link: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEocemhqz8uGNYZn6hKrIBd2VXf4X8ytAUC

    June 7th 12pm-12:45pm Charcuterie Creations: Charcuterie boards have gained popularity over the past year. They are a creative way to add variety and lots of color to your plate. We will provide tips to design your own charcuterie board at home. Charcuterie boards are great for parties, gatherings, or simply a grab and go meal.
    Registration Link: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrc-qqrDgiGtbR2mRJCEa5I_duyj5IprUw

    June 14th  12pm-12:45pm Nutrition and Brain Health  Did you know your brain is so important that the attention of researchers dedicated to the subject has exploded in the past decade? The National Institutes of Health & the Brain Initiative® has a long-term scientific plan that includes high-priority research areas such as linking brain activity to behavior. The foods we fuel our body with has an impact on our brain health. There are numerous ways that focus on our behavior and our daily choices, which we will discuss in this workshop.
    Registration Link: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qceCqqzItHd21WMhJ-D_bGI9BmCDFc6jO

    June 21st 12pm-12:45pm 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.
    Registration Link: https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kd-2qqDovGdbN0-7uaFhYWZ0vDfXJ93_X

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.