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.
SDSU Extension Food & Families programs provide resources that strengthen family and community well-being, and contribute significantly to the overall effectiveness of the national work done by Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Extension.
The vast majority of South Dakotans identify remaining in the home or community as a high priority during retirement and older age. This goal will be difficult to attain without deliberate anticipation of future needs and efforts to mitigate barriers to independence. We have more choices today than ever before as we move through life. AGE in South Dakota 2016 evaluation results suggest consumer knowledge about these options is low.
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.
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.
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.
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.