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2017 - North Dakota Farmers Union

The North Dakota Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences is pleased to recognize its partnership with the North Dakota Farmers Union.

The North Dakota Farmers Union stepped forward to partner with the NDSU Extension Service nutrition, food safety and health programs. The organization has provided funding for the “Eat Smart. Play Hard. Together” project that provides multisession lessons in elementary classrooms throughout North Dakota. It also provided blue spatulas to add to the “cooking kits” that children receive after participating in the “On the Move to Better Health Cooking School” held throughout North Dakota. In addition, the NDFU provided “Founding Fathers” cookbooks, which are used to promote “The Family Table,” an Extension initiative that encourages families to eat together more often.

The NDFU has five restaurants that serve and educate 40,000 people per week with direct-sourced food from family farms and ranches, farmer-owned cooperatives and farmer-owned processing plants. The organization shares our mission in reaching youth and adults with information to help inform people of the origin of their food, which helps create awareness and support for rural America.

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2016 - Aging Services, a Division of the North Dakota Department of Human Services

For several years, Aging Services has played a vital role in Extension's delivery of two evidence-based educational programs: Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) and Stepping On (SO).

PTC is a self-care program that provides family caregivers with tools and strategies to better handle the unique challenges they face. Aging Services encourages its clients to participate in these workshops, along with paying their registration fees and providing respite care while they attend. This support has been invaluable in launching the PTC successfully.

SO helps older adults reduce their risk of falling. Falls-related injuries are a major public health concern because the impact on older adults' health and quality of life, and the health-care system. Aging Services has provided the North Dakota Department of Health with grand funds to administer the SO program. The funds have covered workshop registration costs and class leaders' travel expenses to attend a three-day training.

Aging Services also has participated with NDSU Extension on two statewide studies: Circles of Aging, which explored baby boomers' needs and desires as they age, and the Family Caregiver Study, which examined the services and supports available to family caregivers.

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