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!
Keeping the Pressure Down: Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 10am-11am at the West Osceola Library in Celebration.
Keeping the Pressure Down: Fridays, April 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 10am-11am at the Hart Memorial Library in downtown Kissimmee.
GENERAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Keeping the Pressure Down
Build Your Bones
Take Control to Reduce Your Cancer Risk (FREE online course)
DIABETES PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT
Prevent T2 (Formerly NDPP)
Take Charge of Your Diabetes
See what clases we have available and pre-register on our Eventbrite page
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.
Put it Up (Food Preservation for Youth)
See what classes we have available and pre-register on our Eventbrite page
Food Safety for Professionals
FOOD HANDLER CERTIFICATION
SERVSAFE(r) for managers, business owners, or others requring this level of certification. Current dates, locatons, and registration information for classes in Florida is available on the Food Safety and Quality Eventbrite page. We offer ServSafe(r) in Kissimmee and Poinciana!
Upcoming classes: March 27th in Poinciana and May 29th in Kissimmee
SAFESTAFF(r) 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.
What is the Cottage Food Law?
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 aged 18+ can join one of our clubs! Club members serve as community and Extension volunteers, and hold fundraisers that benefit Osceola County youth attending higher education or vocational training. If you're interested in learning more, please browse through the links below and contact UF/IFAS Extension in Osceola County.
March 2nd: Spring Craft Day at the Osceola County Extension Office from 10am-2pm. Come learn a craft and make-and-take gifts!
April 5th: Spring Scholarship Fundraiser at the Osceola County Extension Office from 11:30am-2:00pm. Make friends while playing a fun game of card bingo. The money raised goes toward scholarships for Osceola County youth attending college or vocational school.