February 2022
4-H Winter Project Fair & Officer Training
Enrollment is now open for the Franklin County 4-H program! Youth ages 5 and in kindergarten through age 18 are invited to join a club and start their 4-H adventure which includes new friends, fun activities, community service, and 4-H projects. Interested in learning about the nearly 200 4-H project options? Join us at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 12 for the Winter Project Fair. The open house style event will take place in the Edwards Building on fairgrounds from 11am to 1pm. The 2022 Winter Project Fair is your hub for all things related to 4-H and 4-H projects and how to complete them! When you visit, you can find information about how to join 4-H, talk with 4-H members who have completed a project in your area of interest, and explore some of our program highlights. We are excited to share this opportunity with you in hopes that it will help you find the perfect 4-H club for your family while exploring all of the things 4-H has to offer.
American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month, and the American Heart Association recently released new dietary guidelines to improve cardiovascular health. Join our Family and Consumer Sciences educator, Registered Dietitian Jenny Lobb, for a webinar on Monday, February 28 at 2pm to learn more about elements of heart healthy eating based on these guidelines.
Extension Today Partnership with NBC4 WCMH TV and Extension
Do you have a youth in your life? If so, the time is right to start talking about financial wellness. Teaching youth the importance of saving and spending wisely helps prepare them for adulthood. Jenny Lobb, Family Consumer Sciences Educator, and Rachel Stoneburner, 4-H Program Assistant share some great tips in the latest edition of Extension Today. Check it out here.

Extension Today is a partnership between NBC4 WCMH-TV and OSU Extension are partnering to share stories with tips, resources, and even recipes for improving your life, your garden, your family, and your community. NBC4 will air a special Extension Today segment on Daytime Columbus each Wednesday, as well as on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Daytime Columbus is a locally-produced talk show which takes a closer look at area businesses, organizations, and resources available in central Ohio, and is delivered by NBC4 WCMH-TV every weekday at 12:30pm. Check out the past segments here.
Bringing Financial Literacy to Youth through Real Money, Real World
Each year America's high schools graduate thousands of young adults who are unprepared to make financial decisions. OSU Extension's Real Money, Real World program is designed to better prepare youth for a bright future. The program uses real-life experiences to help youth achieve financial literacy. The target audience is students in grades 6 - 12. Please click here to how to bring Real Money, Real World to your school or afterschool program.
Introducing New Member of the OSU Franklin County EFNEP Team
Bobbilyn Kasson, EFNEP Program Manager
The OSU Franklin County EFNEP Team would like to introduce you to our newest Nutrition Education Program Assistant, Qodah Elmi. He will be serving the Somali Community in Franklin County and helping Extension Educators to meet the nutritional needs of the Somali families in underserved areas across Ohio counties. Language barriers and cultural differences can make it difficult to build relationships. With his six (6) years as an interpreter and three (3) years with Buckeye Ranch’s Somali Outreach Program, he will use his experience to bridge the language and cultural barriers which sometimes exists. The Somali community has high rates of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high cholesterol. Qodah mentioned that the diet back in their native land was different and much healthier than here in the United States. It consisted of more grains, fruits, and milk. Not only that, but people were also more physically active in the old country whereby they would walk a lot. There’s just such a lack of education on food and nutrition in the Somali community and has an impact on the healthy choices they make in their new environment. Qodah said, “I hope to educate them on healthy food and healthy lifestyles, and I look forward to reaching out to more community-based agencies soon.”

Please contact Qodah Elmi at elmi.31@osu.edu for more information about EFNEP’s nutrition workshops for the Somali families in your community.
Thank You Cara, We Will Miss You!
Bobbilyn Kasson, EFNEP Program Manager
A truly great employee is hard to find, makes saying goodbye difficult, and impossible to forget. Especially, when that person has been a member of the OSU Franklin County Extension Community Nutrition Team for the past fourteen years. Cara Gorman has taught nutrition education workshops to many community members making a positive impact on their family’s lives. Her loyalty and integrity over the years have made her an asset to this office. She is more than an employee and colleague to us; she is family! I asked her to share in her own words what she enjoyed and what will she miss.

Cara said, “I have truly enjoyed my 14 years working for OSU Extension Franklin County and EFNEP. While teaching the Eating Smart Being Active curriculum, I not only was able to help others with their health and nutrition habits, but I was also able to apply what I learned to my own family. The positive changes that result from the nutrition lessons are life changing and much appreciated by all who experience them. My work with pregnant women and new mothers at the Marysville Ohio Reformatory for Women is one of my main successes while teaching. Each group of residents are always eager and willing to learn and participate in the lessons. They embrace the program and are so appreciative of the health and nutrition information they receive that they can apply to their own lives and families. I will miss all of my colleagues so much who have become great friends, along with all the agency contacts and participants I’ve worked with in such a wide variety of communities throughout central Ohio.” We will all miss her, but we wish her good luck at her new position at the Franklin County office of Aging.   
Stretch Your Food Budget & Explore Healthy Meal Creations
Each week Columbus City Schools hosts weekly Zoom sessions addressing the most pressing topics and answering some of the most common questions families may have called Virtual Family Engagement Sessions. Recently Danielle Seidita, SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, had the honor of introducing families to ideas for stretching their food budgets at the grocery store, and how to create a healthy meal using MyPlate!. You view view the session and get recipes here.

Upcoming Events
February 1: CARTEENS Class
February 1: Tai Chi for Beginners Workshop
February 1: Beating the Winter Blues with Humor Workshop
February 2: Master of Memory Series
February 2: Free Community Nutrition Class - Fruit/Veggies & Pineapple Smoothie
February 3: Tai Chi for Beginners
February 4: New Master Gardener Training
February 5: Home Buyer Education Virtual Workshop
February 8: Tai Chi for Beginners
February 8: Taking Control of Student Loan Debt Virtual Workshop
February 8: 4-H Volunteer/Club Advisor Orientation
February 9: Master of Memory Series
February 9: Free Community Nutrition Class - Whole Grains & Trail Mix
February 10: Tai Chi for Beginners
February 11: New Master Gardener Training
February 12: Home Buyer Education Virtual Workshop
February 15: Tai Chi for Beginners
February 16: Master of Memory Series
February 16: Free Community Nutrition Class - Protein & Cranberry Turkey Wrap
February 17: Tai Chi for Beginners
February 18: New Master Gardener Training
February 19: Money Management Virtual Workshop
February 19 - 27: Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show: Ask a Master Gardener Booth, Edible Garden exhibit, and Garden State presentations
February 20: Urban Ag in Ohio
February 22: Tai Chi for Beginners
February 23: Master of Memory Series
February 23: Free Community Nutrition Class - Dairy & Creamy Pumpkin Dip
February 24: Tai Chi for Beginners
February 25: New Master Gardener Training
February 26: Money Management Virtual Workshop
February 28: Heart Healthy Eating Workshop
March 2: Free Community Nutrition Class - Food Shopping & No-Bake Lemon Pies

Be sure to check out franklin.osu.edu/events for the most up-to-date list of event.