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Health and Nutrition

Family and Consumer Sciences aims to improve the quality of life for adults, children and families by providing research-based education in health and nutrition, food safety, food preservation and financial management.

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The Caldwell Health Coalition formed in 2018. The coalition addresses six pillars of health (identified via community assessments and statistics) with "equity for all" as our underlying foundation, influencing our action within each pillar of health.

We have over 40 adult and youth members, including community residents, and representing over 20 community organizations to drive health action in Caldwell. To learn more about the Caldwell Health Coalition, visit our linktree to access our various sites.


As part of a national initiative, come join us in building a culture of health in Canyon County. Become confident, comfortable and educated to make positive community change. This program is offered annually for both youth (12+ years) and adult participation. The training is offered over the course of seven weeks.

Participants will gain knowledge and confidence in areas of the social determinants of health, building a culture of health, finding reliable information online, finding local health statistics, youth and adult learning theories, nutrition and health information, and more.

Following the seven-week training, the trained volunteers will receive opportunities to volunteer throughout the remainder of the year in the community. These opportunities vary each year, and the volunteers get to choose what they want to do and complete. The expectation is that each volunteer will compete at least 20 hours of volunteer community health service by the end of the year.

For more information go to the University of Idaho Extension Community Wellness Volunteer Program website.

Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long program developed specifically to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. It is designed for people with prediabetes or who are at-risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program is a result of a successful research study conducted by the National Institute of Health which found that this program can decrease participants' risks of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%. This program specifically focuses on weight loss and physical activity while learning new habits and gaining new skills. Please email Jackie Amende for more information.

Diabetes Prevention Program Terry Reilly (PDF)

Dining with Diabetes

Dining with Diabetes is a cooking school and nutrition education program designed for people with diabetes and their family members or caregivers. In a series of four classes, cooking demonstrations will help you learn healthy techniques to use in your own kitchen. The program includes sampling healthy foods and special guest appearances, plus a follow-up reunion class held at a later date. Please email Jackie Amende for more information.

Dining with Diabetes September 2021 (PDF)

Contact Jackie Amende for information on upcoming classes and or requests to teach a food safety class.

Master Food Safety Advisor Program

The Master Food Safety Advisor Program teaches individuals how to safely preserve food products. This program covers a variety of food preservation topics, which includes dehydration, freezing, pickling, canning and more. After completion of the classes, participants contribute 30 hours of volunteer service to provide reliable, research-based food preservation information to others in their community.

Anyone is welcome to apply to participate in the program, regardless of food preservation experience. A limited number of applicants are accepted each year on a first come, first served basis.

Below are several food safety and preservation resources and publications. Most of these are available for either viewing/downloading at no charge, or available for purchase at the UI Extension, Canyon County office.

"How Do I" from National Center for Home Food Preservation

Reliable, research-based education is provided on nutrition, meal planning, eating on a budget and physical wellness. Nutrition education is specifically provided to children, adults and seniors. Email Jackie Amende for information on upcoming classes and/or requests to teach a health and nutrition class.

Plant-Based Cooking & Nutrition Classes

A plant-based diet is a lifestyle centering around plant-based foods such as fruit, vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds. This diet may look different for each individual, from a full-blown vegetarian to someone who would just like to incorporate more fruits and vegetables to their current diet  These classes typically are offered in a series.

  • Basics to Plant-Based Eating
  • Focus on Protein
  • Plant-Based Breakfasts
  • Plant-Based Lunches
  • Plant-Based Dinners
  • Using Unique Plant-Based Foods 

For more information, please email Jackie Amende

Grocery Store Tours

Have a group that would like to participate in a grocery store tour led by a Registered Dietitian? Walk through the store and learn how to find healthy food choices, where to get the best buy, and how to navigate the store. Contact Jackie Amende to learn more about upcoming scheduled grocery store tours and/or to learn more about these tours. Eating Healthy on a Budget and Plant-Based Grocery Store Tours are two different tours that are regularly offered.

Nutrition for Healthy Aging

As we age, our bodies change and therefore so do our nutritional requirements. Learn four key messages in this one-time class that aging adults can focus on nutrition to help combat these changes. Contact Jackie Amende for more information on this program.

Cheap Eats: Eating Healthy on a Budget

Do you think that healthy eating requires an investment in both time and money? This class is here to prove you wrong by teaching you how to use your pantry and refrigerator basics to your advantage how to stretch your food dollar, and will provide an opportunity to see and sample some quick and easy meals that are healthy and nutritious. Contact Jackie Amende for more information on this program.

For more information contact

Jackie Amende-Lewis

Extension Educator — Family and Consumer Sciences

Canyon County



University of Idaho Extension, Canyon County

Mailing Address:
501 Main St
Caldwell, ID 83605

Phone: 208-459-6003

Fax: 208-454-6349



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