University of Maryland Extension

Fresh Conversations

What is Fresh Conversations Program?

Fresh Conversations offers an array of nutrition, wellness, and health topics related to adults delivered online by University of Maryland Extension faculty. 

This 8-part series will meet the first and third Friday of each month beginning September 4th and ending December 18th. To register for each online session, please use the respective link indicated below.

The Iowa Department of Public Health created Fresh Conversations in partnership with Iowa’s Department of Human Services and Department on Aging. Original funding for the program came from USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Program or SNAP.

September 4, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00: Gut Bacteria
Learn the importance of the gut microbiome & foods that promote gut health.
Register Online - Gut Bacteria

September 18, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00: Heart Healthy Fats
Learn the effect different fats have on your heart and health.
Register Online - Heart Healthy Fats

October 2, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00: Fight Heart Disease and Stroke
Learn the risk factors for heart disease and stroke & ways you may lower
your risk.
Register Online - Fight Heart Disease and Stroke

October 16, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00: Should You Worry About Vitamin D?
Learn how much vitamin D you need and where to get it.
Register Online - Should You Worry About Vitamin D?

November 6, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00: Eating Out and Eating Healthy
Learn how to make healthy choices at restaurants & other places you eat.
Register Online - Eating Out and Eating Healthy

November 20, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00: Dairy Case Dilemma
Compare the nutritional value of plant-based beverages to cow’s milk.
Register Online - Dairy Case Dilemma

December 4, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00: Ancient Grains
Learn how whole grains may help prevent some common health issues.
Register Online - Ancient Grains

December 18, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00: Sugar: Sinfully Sweet?
Learn the difference between natural sugar & added sugar.
Register Online - Sugar: Sinfully Sweet?

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any Fresh Conversations event, please contact Jeanette Jeffrey on or before 14 days before the event at or 410 222- 3906.

For more information, contact Jeanette Jeffrey, Healthy Living Educator.

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