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Nutrition and Food Safety

Program Contact: Chris Knoefler
509-447-6479 •

Nutrition, food choices, physical activity, food safety practices and healthy living are lifestyle decisions that influence the health and welfare of families and communities. Combined with financial management and making good consumer decisions, we are constantly bombarded with information.

WSU Pend Oreille County Extension is committed to providing education and information to help individuals and families live healthfully. We provide accessible and reliable research-based information people can use to improve their lives, homes and businesses.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a challenge in our busy world. We encourage you to check out our website and give us a call if you need information or want to request a workshop for your group or organization.

Food Safety

The rules of home food preservation have changed over the years. Are you sure that recipe you are planning to use follows today’s safety standards? It’s not worth taking the chance of making your family and friends sick! Follow these top tips from our Food Preservation Specialist.

  • Know your Recipe – Just because Grandma made it 40 years ago doesn’t mean it won’t make you sick today. Only use research-based, laboratory tested, up-to-date recipes from the resources on our home food preservation page.
  • Follow Directions Carefully – This seems easy enough, but sometimes accidentally leaving out even one tiny step can prove costly!
  • Date Your Goods – Date and store all home-canned foods no longer than 12 months at a temperature between 50-70 degrees out of direct sunlight.

SNAP-Ed Program

The benefits of healthy eating add up over time, bite by bite. Small changes  matter. Take these steps to change your diet for better nutrition.

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Focus on whole fruits and vary your veggies.
  • Make half your grains whole grain choices.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) dairy.
  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

A healthy eating routine is important at every stage of life. It can have positive effects that add up over time. It’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy or fortified soy alternatives. When deciding what to eat or drink, choose options that are full of nutrients. Make every bite count.

Cooking Classes

WSU Pend Oreille County Extension SNAP-Ed Program, in partnership with the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and the Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program, offers Adult Nutrition Education classes at the Kalispel People’s Place on the Kalispel Tribe of Indians Reservation in Usk, WA

Starting in June, the WSU SNAP-Ed Program offers a series of cooking courses at the Extension Office in Newport, WA.

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