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Nutrition, Wellness, and Food Systems

N&W programs focus on improving one's quality of life by providing the knowledge and skills to make impactful and sustained changes. Our programs range from the basics of MyPlate to in-depth and "hot" issues that effect our daily lives.

Food Systems connects consumers with the industries that bring food from farm to table. Whether you are a consumer, entrepreneur, or manager, we provide programs, certifications, and services to meet your needs.

For questions or program requests, please contact us.

  • Health and Wellness

    Are you interested in learning about Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension (high blood pressure), Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), and more? We have programs for that!

    GENERAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS

    FIT (Forever Improving Through) Wellness Series

    Keeping the Pressure Down

    Build Your Bones

    Take Control to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

    DIABETES PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT

    Prevent T2 (Formerly NDPP)

    Take Charge of Your Diabetes

    Most topics covered in these series' can be taught as individual prorgrams as well, and are offered throughout the county. If a program is not currently scheduled, you may request one.

  • Food Safety for Consumers

    We provide many food safety programs for consumers. Topics include handling, preparing, and storing food safely, hand washing, and food borne illness prevention.

    Food preservation classes are taught as hands-on programs, where participants make-and-take a project home and leave with resources for canning at home. Water bath and pressure canning, dehydrating, and pickling are offered.

    Can I Can Guide

    National Center for Home Food Preservation

    Please view our list of available programs, and feel free to request special topics of interest.

  • Food Safety for Professionals

    FOOD HANDLER CERTIFICATION

    SERVSAFE for managers, business owners, or others requring this level of certification. Current dates and locations available in the 2018 ServSafe brochure

    SAFESTAFF for foodservice employees, Cottage Food business owners, volunteers, and others requiring this level.

    GENERAL FOOD HANDLER CLASS: This class is for students, volunteers, Cottage Food business owners, and anyone interested in learning about proper food handling.

    If you need a training scheduled for yourself, employees, or others, contact us to set up a date. We would be happy to work with you! Please provide at least 2 weeks' notice for registration and materials for ServSafe and SafeStaff.

    FOOD BUSINESSES

    What is the Cottage Food Law?

    Starting a business in Osceola County

  • Osceola County Home and Community Educators

    The Home and Community Education Council has been an active organization for over 90 years in Florida and over 50 years in Osceola County. Currently, there are five active clubs in Osceola County, totaling 45 members. Anyone age 18+ can join one of our clubs! Club members serve as community and Extension volunteers, and hold fundraisers that benefit Osceola County youth attending college. If you're interested in learning more, please browse through the links below and contact UF/IFAS Extension in Osceola County.

    Osceola County HCE Organization

    Florida Association of Home and Community Educators

    Osceola County Education Foundation Scholarships

CONTACT US

Gabriela Murza
Extension Faculty
Nutrition, Wellness, Food Systems

Diane Patterson
Administrative Secretary