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Nutrition & Health

A healthy and balanced diet is key to maintaining a full and active lifestyle. However, when it comes to fruit and vegetable consumption, South Dakotans rank among the lowest in the nation. SDSU Extension’s team of nutritionists and dietitian are here to help. They work with South Dakotans young and old, teaching them about menus that are healthy, balanced and work within the household budget. 

Our Programs

Better Choices, Better Health©

Better Choices, Better Health© is a community-led evidence-based program modeled after Stanford University’s chronic disease self-management program. The program is supported by SDSU Extension, the South Dakota Department of Health and the South Dakota Department of Human Services. 

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Strengthening the Heartland

Strengthening the Heartland (STH) developed through the collaborative efforts of faculty from SDSU Extension and North Dakota State University Extension. With generous grant support from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, STH is dedicated to providing services that prevent opioid misuse in rural communities across the Dakotas.

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Pick it! Try it! Like it! Preserve it!

Pick It, Try It, Like It, Preserve It was developed in partnership with SD Harvest of the Month. This resource is included in the USDA SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States. The toolkit is a compilation of evidence-based policy, systems, and environmental change tools for child care, school, community and family settings. Newly developed materials include traditional Native American produce.

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Family Food Cent$ newsletters

The Family Food Cent$ Newsletter is published by the SDSU Extension Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) through a partnership with the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

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Brain Breaks in the Classroom

Do your students struggle with behavior or staying on task? Boost your classroom productivity with Brain Breaks!

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Double Up Dakota Bucks

Double Up Dakota Bucks doubles the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, benefits when used on fresh fruits and vegetables.

Upcoming Events

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Apr 15

South Dakota Move Your Way® Spring Challenge

SDSU Extension is partnering with the South Dakota Department of Health, alongside the Move Your Way® Campaign, to increase physical activity among all South Dakota adults.

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May 02

Better Choices, Better Health® South Dakota Workshop @ Mitchell

SDSU Extension will host a six-week Better Choices, Better Health® South Dakota workshop series on diabetes. The workshops are from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CDT every Thursday from May 2-June 6 at the Mitchel Recreation Center (1300 N. Main St., Mitchell, SD 57301).