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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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Cole Hunter shares how Better Choices, Better Health® empowered him and how he now works to help others manage chronic illness.

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

Pick it! Try it! Like it! Preserve it! materials are filled with tips for selecting, preparing, and preserving a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

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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!

Upcoming Events

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Oct 22

Adult Mental Health First Aid Virtual Training

One in five Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care.

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Oct 22

Youth Mental Health First Aid Virtual Training

One in five youth experiences a mental health and/or substance use problem, but less than one third access treatment.

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Oct 23

Onward in October: Virtual Self-Care Series

Join SDSU Extension Health & Wellness Specialists for a weekly self-care opportunity during the month of October.