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Are You Caring for a Loved One that is Aging?

Help your community by sharing your thoughts. The Senior Access Points Project wants to know how you found the resources to care for an aging loved one. Please take 5 minutes and complete the survey linked below. The feedback we receive will help us build a region-wide outreach effort to connect Northeastern Colorado residents to local aging-related resources.

This project is a collaboration between the CSU Department of Human Development, CSU Northeast Regional Engagement Center, the Logan County Heritage Center, and CSU Extension.

To complete the survey please visit the Senior Access Points Survey.

Aging Mastery Program

National Council on Aging along with CSU Extension will be providing a biweekly program for community members to participate in from the comfort of their home virtually or in person at area extension offices. This program works in conjunction with other Northeast Colorado Extension offices to provide opportunity to visit and learn from other counties participants. This fun, innovative program empowers you to take key steps to improve your well-being, add stability to your life, and strengthen ties to your community. Meet new friends and provide encouragement to one another as you take the Aging Mastery journey together! Build your own personal playbook for aging well. Sign up now! The program launches October 5, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. email or call (970)522-3200 x 5 to register or learn more about the program.

Bringing Knowledge Beyond the University Where it can Meet the Needs of Colorado Families

Utilizing resources within the university such as Extension Specialists allows Logan County Extension the ability to disseminate accurate, current, and research-based information on food science and nutrition, health and fitness, parenting, aging and consumer financial information to families and community members.

Food Safety Education

The safety of our food supply begins before the food even reaches our tables. At each stage of the food chain, food safety strategies are followed to minimize contamination and help lower the risk of food-borne illness.

Retail/Food Service

The ServSafe program blends the latest FDA Food Code, food safety research and years of food sanitation training experience. Managers learn to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety. All content and materials are based on actual job tasks identified by food service industry experts. This program meets the certification requirements of the Colorado Cottage Foods Act. Contact the Extension Office to sign up for upcoming ServSafe trainings across teh Eastern Region.

Cottage Foods

The Colorado Cottage Foods Act was enacted in March 2012. Under it, producers can sell pickled fruits and vegetables with a finished equilibrium pH of 4.6 or below, spices, teas, dehydrated produce, nuts, seeds, honey, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butter, flour, and baked goods, including candies, fruit empanadas, tortillas and other similar products that do not require refrigeration for safety. In addition, producers can sell up to 250 dozen whole eggs per month. Other items that must be refrigerated — salsas, barbecue sauces, cheeses, cream pies and pastries stuffed with cream cheese or custard — are not considered cottage foods and must be prepared in commercial kitchens. So must products containing any meat, including jerky. To produce these non-eligible food products requires registration with the County Health Department as a food manufacturer and site inspection.

If you would like to create an eligible food item in your home or a commercial kitchen to share with your community, the state requires food safety training. Local food vendors (and those that just want to learn more about food safety) can meet the three-year food safety certificate training requirement through a course provided by Colorado State University Extension.

Food Safety Training for Cottage Food Producers Cottage Foods Safety Training – Extension (

2023-2024 Courses
Learn how to safely produce food from home as a cottage food business. This online course covers a variety of topics, including: basic food safety, foods that are permissible under the updated Colorado Cottage Foods Act, ingredient labeling, special considerations for food preparation at high altitudes, and safe food sampling best practices. Registration is $50.
Courses will be offered online on the following dates. Click each date below to register and learn more about the program.
CSU Extension Cottage Food Safety Training Online:

Statewide/OnlineNovember 3, 2023
9 a.m.-1 p.m. MST
Register for Training
Statewide/OnlineNovember 10, 2023
9 a.m.-1 p.m. MST
Register for Training
Statewide/OnlineNovember 29, 2023
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. MST
Register for Training
Statewide/OnlineDecember 2, 2023
8-11 a.m. MST
Register for Training
Statewide/OnlineDecember 4, 2023
9 a.m.-1 p.m. MST
Register for Training

Nutrition and Health Promotion

Dining with Diabetes – This 4 week program is a positive and proactive approach to reducing the effects of diabetes. Participants become empowered to take care of themselves while they learn meal planning, portions and how to make healthful food choices. Classes include diabetes and nutrition education; food demonstrations, tasting, and hands-on cooking; and physical activity tips and recommendations.

Healthy You: Weight Management and Mindful Eating Program – This 10 week small group course that provides a supportive environment with knowledgeable, experienced staff. Our tested, successful curriculum includes an initial assessment, interactive lessons, behavior change tools, physical activity guidelines, goal setting, and meal planning tips. Participants receive a pedometer, binder of education materials, recipes, weekly prizes and snacks, and behavior change tips to last a lifetime.

A Matter of Balance – Falling is not a normal part of getting older. Due to a new initiative in Northeast Colorado, older adults can now participate in a 8-session fall prevention program. This course uses group discussion, problem solving strategies, and simple balance exercises to help older adults develop positive coping skills to prevent falling. As a result of the program, older adults take action for making changes in their physical environment and mental attitude that reduces their fear of falling which allows them to remain active and independent.

Small Steps to Health and Wealth covers topics including: health & money are inter-related; good health can reduce expenses; managing money to improve health; and how to reduce spending and increase savings. For more information please read this Facts Sheet.