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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.
Food From the Farm 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.
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.
Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is a ten week strength training program that is designed for middle-age and older adults. Participation in regular strengthening exercises will help you to 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.
Eat Smart. Play Hard™. is 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 and the Food Guide Pyramid.
Healthy Staff for Healthy Schools is a wellness program developed to support school staff in implementing school wellness policies by making healthy food and physical activity choices. Because teachers are one of the primary influences in a child’s life, by making healthy choices they serve as effective role models of good health for their students. Healthy Staff for Healthy Schools provides newsletters during the school year with wellness information and encouragement, as well as recipes, tips and fitness videos. In addition, the Healthy Staff for Healthy Schools website contains resources related to wellness.
Through Food Power Classroom Activities, the Food Power Adventure and the Food Power Daily, elementary school students learn the importance of healthy food choices and regular physical activity. As students travel the path food takes from the farmer’s field to the sports field, they learn where the food they eat comes from and how it gives them the energy to grow and play.
Health for Every
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
How to select, store, prepare and preserve a variety of farm-fresh produce