Oct. 12, 2016


    The Ohio Department of Health is now requiring all food service facilities licensed at a ‘Risk Level 3 or 4’ to have at least one staff person who has completed an ODH approved Level 2 Food Safety training. This requirement is to be met by March 2017.

    Washington County now has a couple of options available to assist food service facilities to meet this obligation:

    ServSafe® In-Class Manager Training

  2. Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Fact Sheet for 4-H Youth Livestock Producers

    Jun. 07, 2016

    Starting January 1, 2017, you can no longer stop by a feed store and buy a bag of medicated feed containing certain types of antibiotics that were previously classified as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. As of January 1, 2017, the FDA requires that clients have a VFD to be able to purchase animal feeds containing these antibiotics.

  3. Creating Healthy Communities

    Mar. 18, 2016

    What can communities do to encourage their residents to increase physical activity and the consumption of healthy food choices? One approach is to model Washington County’s involvement in the Ohio Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) program. The CHC program focuses on preventing and reducing chronic disease and as it reaches into our communities, it creates multiple benefits.

  4. Dining With Diabetes Class

    Feb. 12, 2016

    Making smart meal choices is important for diabetes management, but healthy eating can be challenging. Dining With Diabetes is a three-part cooking school program for individuals with diabetes and their families that offers healthy alternatives to food preparation. The program will include healthy meal demonstrations, taste-testing and discussions about carbohydrates, fats, sodium and vitamins.

  5. Friend of Community Development Award

    Jan. 04, 2016

    "Friend of Community Development" Awarded to MWCD by OSU Extension

    By Barbara Bennett

    December 21, 2015

  6. The Great Christmas Tree Debate: Real or Artificial

    Nov. 25, 2015

    By Marcus McCartney
    OSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator, Washington County

    One great holiday debate is which type of Christmas tree is best: real or artificial. 

  7. Are you ready to be a Wellness Champion?

    Aug. 28, 2015

    Hi Everyone!

    In the past you had signed up to do a Wellness Challenge with Kathy Dodrill. Kathy has retired and I’ve been hired to take her place. I’m looking forward to working with everyone on this challenge. Please follow the directions below and click on the link to get started.

    Amanda Bohlen

    August 31-October 11

    Be Your Own Health Champion Email Challenge

  8. Fun and Food Safe Picnics

    Jul. 02, 2015

    For many people, the 4th of July is the official kickoff for summer picnics. Whether you are planning a backyard picnic or packing for a day at the park or beach, there are important steps to take to ensure the safety of the food you are bringing.

    As temperatures outside heat up, you should remember that bacteria loves the heat and multiplies quickly. The “Danger Zone” for food is between 40⁰ and 140⁰. To prevent food-borne illness, it is very important to follow the four basic rules of food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, & Chill.

  9. 69 Years and Counting...

    Apr. 13, 2015

    Longest Serving Ohio 4-H Volunteer's Experience Inspires Others

    Like thousands of other Ohio children, Charlotte Wagner joined a local 4-H club when she was 9 years old.

    Today, 75 years later, 4-H remains part and parcel of Wagner’s life, as she recently celebrated 69 years as a 4-H volunteer.

    “I always enjoyed 4-H so much,” Wagner said. “It’s a valuable program, and I’m glad to have had a part in seeing it continue. I still enjoy being around the kids and meeting their parents. It’s a great thing.”

  10. Extension Seeks Grant Funding to Improve Community Services and Infrastructure

    Nov. 18, 2014

    What service and infrastructure improvements would benefit your community? Imagine the possibilities... now go for it!