For the 1st quarter of fiscal year 2015 (October, November, December), Food & Families Extension staff members utilized the following categories to gain feedback regarding current programs and future initiatives for the development of new programs.
For the 4th quarter of 2014 (July, August, September), Food & Families Extension staff members have utilized the following categories to gain feedback regarding current programs and future initiatives for the development of new programs.
For the third quarter of 2014 (April, May, June), Food & Families Extension staff members have utilized the following categories to gain feedback regarding current programs and future initiatives for the development of new programs.
For the second quarter of 2014 (January, February, March), Food & Families Extension staff members have utilized the following categories to gain feedback regarding current programs and future initiatives for the development of new programs.
The SDSU Extension 2013 Annual Report highlights the impacts of programming and achievements from the past year.
SDSU Extension seeks broad input on its programs from citizens and clients from across the state. Information represents discussions regarding programs and needs.
SDSU Extension Food & Families program impacts strengthen, and contribute significantly to the overall effectiveness of the national work done by Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Extension. The program impacts described on this page provide a thorough picture of learning community and programmatic efforts provided by SDSU Extension Food & Families staff across South Dakota, further summarizing our accomplishments and their impact on our state, communities, families, and citizens.
SDSU Extension staff keep stakeholders informed about issues that impact Food & Families and raise awareness of public value, progress, and outcomes through impact reports. Programs described in this page provide a thorough picture of learning community and programmatic efforts provided by SDSU Extension Food & Families staff across South Dakota. These impact reports summarize our 2014 accomplishments and their impact on our state, communities, families, and citizens.
Food Policy Councils can increase the availability of, and access to nutritious food, thus improving food security in rural, high poverty areas.
Interest in food preservation has increased because consumers: 1) would like to gain control over the foods they eat, 2) aim to save grocery dollars by preserving their own food and, 3) desire to add value to their products by processing fruits and vegetables within their own homes, and selling them to the general public. This interest in growing produce and/or purchasing locally grown food has increased the need for correct food preservation information, such as canning and freezing.
SDSU Extension works with growers and food processors across the state to implement best practices for safe and quality food.
Societal food habits have changed increasing the value of food safety trainings. Food safety trainings provide individuals in all types of food service establishments, as well as individuals and families within communities, the opportunity to adopt safe food handling practices that minimize the risk of food borne illness.
Seniors who participate in educational conferences are introduced to opportunities available to them to continue to live independently and to assist them in maintaining or improving their overall health.
This program integrates components that enhance communities, businesses and individuals on South Dakota reservations. The program encompasses training through Extension and our partners in home and commercial gardening, utilization of small acreages through livestock and other enterprises, nutrition education, and market development. Reservations throughout South Dakota are classified as food deserts by the USDA. These programs provide an opportunity towards addressing food access issues, as well as contributing towards self-sufficiency and food sovereignty. Those participating in these programs acquire skills that help improve nutritious food utilization in home and agency settings. On the business side, participants acquire skills in marketing and presentation of their goods, as well as an understanding of the regulations governing local food utilization in commercial settings.
Family and personal finance programs promote financial literacy and capability which result in less economic strain on households, more financial resiliency, less risk of poverty spanning generations, and better overall individual and family financial outcomes. South Dakotans will recognize SDSU Extension as a leading resource for personal and family finance education.
Due to the high rate of chronic disease and its associated health costs, worksite wellbeing educational opportunities are important for employers to increase their Return on Investment (ROI) and Return on Value (ROV) of promoting a healthy living style among their employees. For those working full time, more than one-third of the day is spent at the worksite for five days or more per week. Employers have a vested interest in the health and wellbeing of their employee’s as it can lower their direct costs for items such as insurance premiums and indirect costs such as reduce absenteeism and increase worker productivity. Worksite Wellbeing provides employers with the justification and the tools to provide wellbeing programming and opportunities to their employee’s. Programming focus on return on investment (ROI) and return on value (ROV), nutrition, physical activity, and living a healthier lifestyle.
Our Nutrition, Health and Wellness Program focuses on promoting healthy, preventing disease and disability, eliminating disparities and improving quality of living through agricultural health and safety, access to health care and preventative services and health in relation to the environment.
Our aging programs focus on improving individual and community quality of life by promoting the use of technology and internet, increasing accessibility and usability of technology and internet based resources, preparing communities and individuals to meet the opportunities and challenges of an aging population, and develop interactions across generations.
South Dakotans, constituents, and partners recognize SDSU Extension as a leading resource for food safety practices to maintain a safe and secure food system for SD and beyond our borders. Food producers, processors, retailers, and consumers of all ethnic groups involved in preparing and preserving food will adopt safe food handling practices that reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses.
Family and personal finance programs promote financial literacy and capability which results in less economic strain on households, more financial resiliency, less risk of poverty spanning generations, and better overall individual and family financial outcomes.
Cooperatively, the South Dakota Department of Health and SDSU Extension are launching Better Choices, Better Health® South Dakota (BCBH) in an effort to educate South Dakotans with chronic health conditions on ways to manage the impact of their disease on their daily lives. Individuals will learn coping skills to actively manage or co-manage their chronic condition and its impact on their lives.
This program will focus on reducing the incidence of chronic disease including heart disease, obesity/overweight, diabetes and hypertension of South Dakotan’s. The CDC notes that more than 75% of health care costs are due to chronic conditions and it’s estimated that one-fourth of persons living with a chronic illness experience significant limitations in daily activities.
This program will focus on increasing physical activity in youth and adult residents in Burke, SD. Because Burke has an inadequate sidewalk system and most walking and bicycling is done in Burke streets, adults and youth are at risks for traffic accidents. Currently, Burke doesn’t have an identified safe route for children to walk or bicycle, though this is viewed as a key strategy to keep kids active and healthy.
Educational Goals: TeachSD is an innovative intergenerational technology training program designed to use existing community resources to deliver a low cost method of increasing adult knowledge, confidence, and skills using the internet to access resources, connect with family and friends, and maintain independence as they age.
Most students, especially under-represented students, consistently struggle with key scientific and math concepts used in science-intensive agricultural courses, due largely to a lack of conceptual understanding in pre-requisite STEM skills. This deficiency deters under-represented students from completing coursework in science- and math-intensive agricultural majors, thus decreasing the number of potential graduates in these fields.
The Smart Choice Health Insurance program will increase participant's confidence in making a good choice for a health insurance policy. This has been shown to reduce chronic illness, which reduces public health care costs for all citizens.
The Jump$tart Teacher Training Model focuses on a learner-centric approach to build teachers' confidence. This initiative emphasizes the instruction of personal finance concepts, information, and behavior so that teachers have the tools and confidence to implement positive financial management in their own lives - and then to transfer that knowledge to their own students in the classroom.
This project continues, expands, and improves upon Montana State University Extension’s Solid Finances web-based financial education series. The project supports two webinar based financial education programs. The first targets working Montanans in their place of employment. The second targets South Dakotans in their place of employment. This project shares the educational model with other financial educators through capacity building in South Dakota and Idaho and presentations to national or regional audiences through conferences and/or webinars.
The overall goal of this project is to reduce food safety risks associated with unsafe food processing and handling of fruits and vegetables and other specialty foods, and provide opportunities for specialty growers to meet the food safety standards and regulations to expand their specialty crops through additional retail markets.