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MSU Extension Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs

MSU Extension nutrition and physical activity programs provide participants with tips and tricks to include healthy choices into any lifestyle and budget. Our nutrition programs are for low-income residents of Michigan. They are funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Both programs aim to reach limited resource audiences, who are eligible for one or more of the following programs: Free/reduced school lunch; Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation (FDPIR), Head Start, SNAP Bridge Card/EBT, WIC, and other assistance programs. We aim to have at least half of every class qualify by income.

Registration is intended for Michigan residents. Extension services are available in every state, and we encourage you to reach out to your local network for similar programming.

These courses will all be held virtually, utilizing Zoom. You will receive additional information for Zoom before the program begins.

Registration closes Monday at 2 pm before each Wednesday class.

Sizzling Summer Series

Below you will find a listing of the course offerings and dates. Scroll down to the green "register online" button to sign up for the classes that interest you.

Date and Class Options:

Start Simple with MyPlate!

What is an appropriate portion size? How do you make a balanced meal? Join this engaging class that teaches you the basics of the MyPlate and 5 food groups. You will get to practice how to make a balanced, healthy meal and understand how portion control can help you improve your overall health.

Wednesday, July 15 at 11:00 am 
Wednesday, July 15 at 2:00 pm 

Hydration Motivation: Re-think Your Drink!

How much sugar is in your daily drinks? Are your beverages slowing down your health journey? Beverages can be high in added sugar, which can lead to drinking empty calories. This class will help you identify healthy beverage choices, as well as learn some new flavorful beverage options. 

Wednesday, July 22 at 11:00 am
Wednesday, July 22 at 2:00 pm

Summer Celebrations!

What tricks can help you stay healthy over the holidays? Holidays can be a hard time to stay active and eat healthy. This fun filled class will teach you some simple tips and tricks to stay healthy during holiday parties and events. This includes teaching you some small recipe substitutions to your favorite dishes and how to avoid mindless eating at the buffets/snack bowls. 

Wednesday, July 29 at 11:00 am
Wednesday, July 29 at 2:00 pm

Taste the Rainbow!

Which is better: fresh, frozen, or canned?  How do you know if you're getting enough fruits and veggies? Get ready to learn about the rainbow of fruits and vegetables and how each color has different health benefits. In this interactive class you will learn shopping tips, healthy recipes, and what spices and herbs can enhance the taste of fruits and vegetables. 

Wednesday, August 5 at 11:00 am
Wednesday, August 5 at 2:00 pm

Healthy Snacking on the Go!

What are some tasty, healthy snacks for you or your family? Do you ever feel hungry right after a snack? In this class you will learn how to make tasty snacks that are family friendly and also great for your health. You will learn new ways to spice up your everyday snacks, as well as how to eat snacks that are more likely to keep you full throughout the day. 

Wednesday, August 12 at 11:00 am
Wednesday, August 12 at 2:00 pm

Spend Less, Eat Healthy!

What is better: store brand or name brand? How do you get fruits and vegetables for less money? In this class you will learn how to eat healthy on a budget and stretch your food dollars. This includes learning how to cook once and eat twice, how to make a meal plan that will save you money at the store, and other great tips! 

Wednesday, August 19 at 11:00 am
Wednesday, August 19 at 2:00 pm

Registration for MSU Extension Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 17, 2020.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information, contact Amanda Feighner at