2017 Impact: Food & Families Back »

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.

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