A one-day workshop in Fairbanks on March 29 will teach individuals how to lead community strength-training classes. The leader training offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in  the University Park Building at 1000 University Ave. Participants will learn how to lead StrongWomen or StrongSenior classes that provide balance and strength training for middle-aged and older adults. The program, which originated at Tufts University, promotes strength, muscle mass and bone density. Read more 

The Cooperative Extension office in Juneau will host an open house Thursday, March 28, in its new quarters. The event will take place from 2:30-6 p.m. at 712 W. 12th St. The public is invited to meet Southeast Alaska agents Sarah Lewis and Darren Snyder and acting Director of Extension Milan Shipka. Information will be available on Extension’s gardening, food preservation, health and 4-H youth programs and upcoming workshops. Individuals may also request programs or browse the office’s lending library. Light refreshments will be served. Read more 

A yearlong program designed to help individuals lose weight and lower their risk for developing Type 2 diabetes will be offered in Fairbanks, beginning April 1. Leslie Shallcross, an agent with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, will lead the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The class will focus on making gradual changes in exercise, diet and stress management that have been shown to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. Read more

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer four food preservation classes in Fairbanks this spring, beginning March 16. Fairbanks agent Leslie Shallcross will lead the classes. The first workshop will focus on canning fish and meat. Participants will learn the proper use of a pressure canner for jarring fish and other meat and will practice canning their own jars. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 154 of the University Park Building, 1000 University Ave. Read more 

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