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Books and Bites

Food Related Books and Activities produced in conjunction with the Summer Library Reading Program.


Healthy Shelves

A new publication by the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, Healthy Shelves: Promoting and enhancing good nutrition in food pantries, was released in January 2015. This 24 page booklet offers tips and strategies for linking food pantries and community partners to get healthier food onto the shelves of pantries and into the homes of food pantry customers. The complete booklet including supplemental materials can be downloaded from the Healthy Shelves home page.


Eating From the Garden

The MU Extension Eating From the Garden program provides research-based information to high-needs youth in schools and community programs. Through nutrition and gardening activities, Eating From the Garden hopes to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. With help from area partners and volunteers, the program also promotes healthier food choices, gardening knowledge and physical activity.


Friday Backpack Program

A statewide program in which food banks provide children with ready-to-eat food in backpacks on Fridays. University of Missouri Extension supplements this program by providing educational materials to the organizations that assemble the backpacks. This project is funded through USDA's SNAP Ed.


Food Pantry Recipe Cards

The Food Pantry mailing is a statewide program in which the University of Missouri Extension provides food pantries in Missouri with cards that contain two seasonal recipes and a physical activity tip. These cards are mailed to the participating pantries each month so they can be distributed to their clients. This project is funded through USDA's SNAP Ed.


Healthy Lifestyle Initiative
University of Missouri Extension is committed to promoting and maintaining the lifelong health of all Missourians. The Healthy Lifestyle Promotion Initiative is partnering with communities to enable sustainable changes to increase access to healthy, affordable food and safe, accessible physical activity. A holistic community focus will result in a long-term, replicable model that makes the healthy choice the easy choice.


Stay Strong, Stay Healthy
8-week strength training program that is designed for middle-age and older adults. Participation in regular strengthening exercises helps build muscle and increase bone density, thereby helping to prevent frailty and osteoporosis. The goal of this program is to improve health and quality of life for each participant. Each Stay Strong, Stay Healthy session will include a warm-up, simple strengthening exercises with or without weights, and cool-down stretches.


Food From the Farm
This MU Extension program connects kindergarten students and their families to local farms to encourage eating local fruits and vegetables, and to help the kids understand where their food comes from.


Gateway to Health Challenge

The goal of the Gateway to Health Challenge is to help you, your family and your coworkers to have a healthy lifestyle. You can feel better, look better, live longer, increase your energy and improve your health with simple changes and better choices. Most people need some help in making these changes and deciding what’s right for them. This program is a 12-week competition that allows you to “custom fit” your approach to better health in a way that makes sense for you.


Eat Smart. Play Hard™.
A national nutrition education and promotion campaign designed to convey science-based, behavior-focused and motivational messages about healthy eating and physical activity to children and their caregivers. Messages developed for the campaign are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


Health for Every Body
This program introduces a new way of thinking that will move you away from diets to a gentler non-diet approach to living in a healthy body. The goal of this program is to help individuals develop new attitudes and learn skills for healthy living.


From Harvest to Health
Articles on how to select, store, prepare and preserve a variety of farm-fresh produce.


North Central Nutrition Education Center of Excellence (NC-NECE)


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