Health & Well-Being

Health & Well-Being

The Extension Institute of Health & Well-Being works to catalyze positive change in Wisconsin families through evidence-based programs focused on nutrition, food security and safety, chronic disease prevention, mental health promotion, prevention of substance abuse and health insurance literacy. Rooted in both urban and rural communities, we’re working together to help solve the state’s most pressing well-being needs and to ensure that all Wisconsinites live stronger, healthier lives.

Health & Well-Being Highlights

Safe & Healthy: Preparing and Preserving Food at Home

Safe & Healthy: Preparing and Preserving Food at Home

Helping Wisconsin residents prepare and preserve safe, healthy food at home

Strong Women Program

StrongWomen™ Wisconsin

Initiating positive change in women of all ages to live stronger, healthier lives by providing knowledge, inspiration, access to programs, and ongoing support


Safe and Healthy Food Pantries Project

Improving access to and availability of adequate, appropriate, safe & nutritious food for low-income people who utilize food pantries




Advancing healthy eating habits, active lifestyle and healthy community environments through nutrition education at the individual, community and systems levels



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Did You Know

Many people already know of our popular programs, but did you know we also:


  • educate limited income residents on healthy food choices and active lifestyles through our FoodWIse program (check your local office for available programming)
  • provide our Food Sense information in Spanish
  • Extension’s Taking Care of You series provides practical strategies and experiences to help people deal with the stress in their lives.
  • help residents of Wisconsin successfully prepare their turkeys each thanksgiving
  • And much more! Check with your local office for more programs near you.

Health & Well-Being Publications


Making Jams, Jellies & Fruit Preserves

The Learning Store produces and distributes educational materials based on university research, extending knowledge to the statewide community.


Featured Publication

Making Jams, Jellies & Fruit Preserves – favorite home-prepared treats include fresh strawberry jam, peach butter, or blueberry syrup. Guidelines include newly updated, research-tested recipes for delicious jams and jellies, fruit butter, syrups, and preserves. This publication was expanded to include recipes for low-sugar or no-sugar products.

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Extension experts live and work in the communities they serve. Our team offers insight and solutions based on a deep understanding of local needs and priorities.

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A Part of the Youth, Family & Community Development Program Area


Extension’s research and outreach improves the lives of Wisconsinites through action, education and community partnerships. We set rural and urban communities up to thrive by supporting their economic development and organizational and leadership development. We show individuals how to build financial capability and encourage them toward the most nourishing health habits.


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Amber CantoDirector

Amber Canto has been with Wisconsin Extension since 2011. In her roles, Amber has sought opportunities for interdisciplinary programming and applied research, with an emphasis on addressing environmental, policy and systems approaches to healthy food access and availability, food security and socio-economic disparities in health outcomes.


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