Tulsa County Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences is an applied field of study that offers solutions to problems faced by individuals, families, and communities. Programs focus on the welfare of individuals and families by improving their quality of life. All programs emphasize life skills crucial to effective development and management of human resources.
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Master Wellness Volunteer Program
The Master Wellness Volunteer training program is an engaging series of five classes that provides volunteers with 40 hours of training in health and wellness education. In return, the volunteers agree to give back 40 hours of service to the community as an OSU Extension Master Wellness Volunteer.
The object is to train individuals who are interested in health and wellness with current research based information. These volunteers will assist the Family and Consumer Sciences program at the Tulsa County OSU Extension Center. The program is designed for individuals with at least a high school degree or equivalent, with a true interest in health and wellness, and would enjoy volunteering and sharing research-based information with others.
The training focuses on nutrition, dietary guidelines, food safety, healthy lifestyle choices and physical activity. The training will provide 40 hours of classroom education from the Tulsa and Oklahoma County FCS educators. Upon completion of training, the volunteer will give back 40 hours of service within a one year period.
- Who Volunteers?
- Community volunteers
- Civic leaders
- Workplace volunteers
- Food & nutrition workers
- Organizational leaders
- Anyone wanting to make a difference
- Why Volunteer?
- Give back to the community
- Learn research based health & wellness facts
- Live a healthier lifestyle & help others do the same
- Receive training and tools
- Meet new people and network with others
Volunteers will find many diverse opportunities throughout the year in which to use their training such as:
- Conducting health fairs
- Giving presentations throughout the community
- Assisting FCS Educator with programs
- Project planning & implementation
- Food demonstrations
- & many more!
- How to Register
To sign up you will need to fill out an application and return it Tulsa County Extension office. All applicants will be interviewed and a background check will be conducted. The registration fee is $50.
Opioid: Awareness and Prevention
OSU Extension/RSVP Opioid Awareness Volunteer Educator teams will educate and inform the community about the personal, family, and community risks of opioid medication use that has been declared a national epidemic. OSU/RSVP volunteers attended a 2-day training to learn from Tulsa County OSU Extension and the Oklahoma State Department of Health: Injury Prevention Service. Volunteer Educators began teaching the program in November 2018. Their objective is to present this important information about the Oklahoma opioid epidemic and what steps people can take to help prevent and overcome this life-endangering problem.
The presentation includes the following:
- Understanding of the current state of mental health issues in OK and how opioid use influences mental health concerns.
- Definition of the major classifications of mental health disorders, especially those influenced or aggravated by narcotics use.
- Description of the social and economic impact of opioids on communities.
- A review of the options for addressing the opioid crisis, including:
- teaching the community how and where to safely dispose of unused drugs
- how to recognize symptoms of overdose
- how to discuss appropriateness of opioid prescriptions for themselves with their healthcare providers
- why and how to lock up drugs in your home
- where to find help for addiction recovery
- other preventive and safety information
To schedule an Opioid: Awareness and Prevention program, contact:
- Gary Ann Tomkalski, Programs Director, RSVP Tulsa, Inc.
- Office: (918) 280-8656
For more information, contact:
Pressure Canner Gauge Testing
The OSU Extension Office can check the Gauge on a Pressure Canner to ensure it is reading accurately at 5, 11 and 15 pounds pressure. Accuracy of a gauge can assist in proper processing. Under processed food can pose a food safety issue for self stability. Over processed foods can cause quality issue for your product.
Call the Extension Office ahead of time to make sure the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Educator is available to check your equipment, or drop off your lid with gauge attached.
Use reliable Food Preservation Resources to ensure your garden produce is Food Safe for your family all year long. Not every recipe you see has been tested for self-life. The most up-to-date preservation research was published in 2009. Home canning can be a delicious and nutritious option for your family, but make sure you are not introducing food borne illness along with it!
The National Center for Home Food Preservation website has detailed recipes, educational resources and teaching videos for those interested in Home Food Preservation.
Oklahoma's University for Parents
Oklahoma's University for Parents (OK-UP) is a statewide initiative to help Oklahoma families strengthen parent-child relationships and build positive parenting skills.
OK-UP was created and facilitated by OSU-Tulsa faculty and graduate students, as well as the OSU Cooperative Extension. OK-UP seeks to meet the need for parenting education in the state through community outreach. It is one of the first parenting initiatives of its kind in Oklahoma. Link: