SDSU Extension Food and Families programs are committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and families, and the communities in which they live, work, and play. We draw upon the knowledge and resources at SDSU to help solve the “wicked” and interrelated population health challenges South Dakotans face today; providing consumers with knowledge, research, and unbiased information on aging, food, families, ﬁnances, food safety, health, nutrition, physical activity, and wellness.
Community Gardens: SDSU Extension helped start 13 gardens, which produced over 700 pounds of food and 7,000 produce items that went home with families and to local food pantries. Community members dedicated more than 4,560 hours of activity at the gardens.
Better Choices, Better Health® SD (BCBH): To aid South Dakotans and their caregivers in managing their chronic health conditions, SDSU Extension in collaboration with the SD Department of Health and the SD Department of Human Services, provides BCBH. It is a six-week workshop delivered in a group setting. Participants meet one time a week for 2½ hours. To date, 725 people attended a workshop, with 442 completers (attended at least 4 sessions). 114 Lay Leaders and Master Trainers have been trained to deliver the program.
Park Prescription (Park Rx) Project: Free 1-day park passes are provided through the Park Prescription Project, a project organized through a partnership between the SD Department of Game, Fish, and Parks, SD Department of Health and SDSU Extension. More than 20 healthcare clinics and 67 providers administered a total of 4,850 passes. The program was featured in a National Geographic article.
Aging Gracefully Expo (AGE): This community education event uses technology to broadcast presentations from urban areas to rural communities. Through a partnership with the SD Consumer Protection Ofﬁce of the Attorney General and SD AARP, AGE was expanded statewide and attended by 350 people. Participants identiﬁed they were satisﬁed with their experience showcasing the viability of technology in reaching older adults in rural communities.
- Aging Gracefully Expo (AGE), Leacey E. Brown
- Better Choices, Better Health® SD, Megan Jacobson
- Bountiful Backpack Program, Samantha Dvorak
- Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Initiative, Megan Erickson
- Bringing Back Traditional Native American Games, Prairey Walkling, Hope Kleine
- Community Food Systems, Rachel Lindvall, Ann Schwader, Curtis Braun
- Eat Smart. Play Hard. The Oyate Way, Karlys Wells (former SDSU Extension Associate)
- Engaging Volunteers to Advance SDSU Extension Programming, Aimee House Ladonski
- Everybody Walks! SD, Ann Schwader
- Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Kimberly Wilson-Sweebe
- FitFlow: Yoga for Kids, Nikki Prosch, Tara Shafrath (former SDSU Extension Health & Physical Activity Field Specialist)
- Gardens for Health and Wellness, Rachel Lindvall, Prairey Walkling
- Healthy South Dakota Communities: Leveraging CDC and SNAP-Ed Funds, Suzanne Stluka
- Igniting Youth to Create Healthy Communities, Megan Erickson
- Increasing Food Preparation Knowledge, Hope Kleine
- Native American Beginning Farmer Rancher Program, Jason Schoch
- Native American Traditional Games at SD Indian Education Summit, Hope Kleine, Prairey Walkling
- Park Prescription (Park Rx) Project, Nikki Prosch
- Policy, Systems and Environmental Work in South Dakota Communities, Tara Shafrath (former SDSU Extension Health & Physical Activity Field Specialist)
- Power Chef Challenge, Karlys Wells (former SDSU Extension Associate)
- SDSU Extension Food & Families Direct Education, Lauren Pierce, Samantha Dvorak, Kimberly Wilson-Sweebe
- SDSU Extension Food & Families Social Media, Kimberly Wilson-Sweebe
- South Dakota Food Preservation Workshops, Hope Kleine
- Statewide Dairy Nutrition Education, Hope Kleine
- Steps to Wellness Worksite Physical Activity Policy Project, Nikki Prosch
- Student Loan TIPS, Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed), Hope Kleine
- Voices for Food, Suzanne Stluka, Ann Schwader
- TeachSD, Leacey E. Brown
- USDA Team Nutrition Smarter Lunchrooms, Megan Jacobson
- USDA Team Nutrition Training Grant 2014-2016, Karlys Wells (former SDSU Extension Associate), Megan Jacobson
- Wakanyeja Beginning of Life, Nathania Knight
- Youth Supper Meal Program, Samantha Dvorak