Building Healthier Communities One Class at a Time

 More than 50 adults arrived at Lucy Lores ’ evening Eating Smart, Being Active class looking tired. Lucy, a Nutritional Education Program coordinator based in Portland, is passionate about improving the health of Multnomah County residents. In no time, class participants were up on their feet moving to the beat of Shakira. Amid marching in place, performing jumping jacks and stretching to touch their toes, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Milwaukie where the class was held was rockin’!
 
Being more active is one part of the “get healthy” equation. The group, which is comprised of lower income adults in the area, is also learning about the importance of healthier eating. The class reported having a greater understanding of the importance eating more fruits and vegetables and including all five food groups play in a healthier diet. Lucy also helps them learn about easy-to-prepare healthy recipes. On this particular evening, the group tasted Asian Carrot Salad . It was a hit!  
 
OSU Extension collaborates with the Providence Parish Health Promoter program to reach parishioners with essential nutrition information. Local health promoters at area churches help with the classes. Funded by EFNEP and SNAP-Ed federal grants, samples of a healthy, budget-friendly  Food Hero  recipe are offered at each class. The class puts adults on a new path to healthier living and builds a community of health.
Man's Best Friends: Pet Companions

 Join us at our 4th for Science on Tap event! Dr. Kristen Moore will share the latest research on the human bond with canines and felines, how these relationships affect both people and animals, and how we can strengthen the bond with our furry friends. School children also welcome.

Thursday, May 3 REGISTER HERE!

Golden Valley Brewery & Restaurant  
1520 NW Bethany Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97006
Doors open 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Program begins   
Congratulations to OSU Staff Members!
Awards presented at Annual Oregon 4-H and Family and Community Health Conference

  • 4-H Youth Development Faculty Pat Willis (left) won the Distinguished Service Award

  • Family and Community Health Statewide Diversity Award went to Adejoke Babatunde (OSU SNAP-Ed, FCH), Joyce Senior (OSU EFNEP & SNAP-Ed, FCH), Joyce Dougherty (ODE) and LaShanda Friedrich (OHA) for the My Hair, My Health PDX event offered in November. This program is also a contender for regional and national awards.
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EVENTS
Renown expert, Dr. Paul Hessburg will present on April 11, 6 pm at World Forestry Center on managing forests, reducing number of megafires, the new normal and what can be done. More information and registration here
Browse thousands of plants of plants from shrubs to berries to annuals to perennials at the A nnual Washington County Master Gardeners plant sale . Saturday, April 28
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hillsboro Armory, 848 N.E. 28th Ave.
Tualatin Watershed Weed Watcher workshops coming up on  Invasive Species . Find where and when  here .
What community issues do YOU find most important? We want to hear your concerns. Food and drinks provided. Beaverton City Library April 12 at 6 p.m. Details here .
GARDENING
No room for vegetables? Pot up your plants. OSU Extension Service horticulturist Brooke Edmunds tells you how .
Stick a thermometer in the soil before planting vegetables. Learn more .
QUICK LINKS
Washington County 4-H
Food Preservation