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Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Extension

For students in Food Science and Human Nutrition, this link to the community offers a wonderful opportunity to integrate scientific research and methodology in practical ways to meet the community’s needs.

Our main objectives are to:

  • Field consumers’ and professionals’ questions on nutrition and food safety (such as food preservation)
  • Design, develop, and implement appropriate nutrition and food safety education programs for various populations within Colorado
  • Assist community programs and agencies in meeting specific food safety and nutrition education goals
  • Apply research-based information to design and deliver unbiased, accurate nutrition, food safety, and health programs

Meet our Extension Agents

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Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Extension Programs

Food Science and Human Nutrition Cooperative Extension plays a leading role in the following programs:

Asset 96 Food Safety Education

Assuring the safety of our food supply begins long before food reaches the table. At each stage of the food chain, from the producer to the consumer, food safety strategies can be followed to minimize contamination and help lower the risk of foodborne illness.

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Master Food Safety Advisors – The Master Food Safety Advisor program serves to extend CSU Extension’s education programs in food safety and food preservation to adults and youth. The Master Food Safety Advisor is a trained volunteer educator and resource person in the community to provide the public with research-based information from Colorado State University and USDA.

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ServSafe – The ServSafe program blends the latest FDA Food Code, food safety research and years of food sanitation training experience. Managers learn to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety. All content and materials are based on actual job tasks identified by foodservice industry experts. This program meets the certification requirements of the Colorado Cottage Foods Act.

Food Safety Works – Food Safety Works has been used for over 10 years to successfully train individuals from a variety of settings in basic food safety and sanitation principles. To date, CSU Extension agents have conducted Food Safety Works trainings with over 5,000 retail food workers throughout Colorado. In addition to retail food establishments, the program is appropriate for use with high school or adult vocational-training programs, food banks, institutional food service, rehabilitation facilities, group homes, child care facilities, fair concessionaires and other volunteer organizations that handle food.

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Dining with Diabetes– This 4-week program is a positive and proactive approach to reducing the effects of diabetes! Participants become empowered to take care of themselves while they learn meal planning, portions, and how to make healthful food choices. Classes include diabetes and nutrition education; food demonstrations, tasting, and hands-on cooking; and physical activity tips and recommendations.

Healthy You: Weight Management and Mindful Eating Program – A 10 week small group course that provides a supportive environment with knowledgeable, experienced staff. Our tested, successful curriculum includes an initial assessment, interactive lessons, behavior change tools, physical activity guidelines, goal setting, and meal planning tips. Participants received a pedometer, binder of education materials, recipes, weekly prizes and snacks, and behavior change tips to last a lifetime.

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Extension Resources

Food Science and Human Nutrition Cooperative Extension is responsible for publishing several food- and nutrition-related materials, as well as offering other services and resources.

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