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The University of Maryland Extension Teleconferences:

The following events are presented in collaboration with the University of Maryland Extension, Family and Consumer Services Office​Registration is Required; Materials such as handouts and notes and copies of any recordings will be sent via email exclusively.  Recordings will not be posted.  


​​Dates and Times:

Each program is scheduled to be the 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 PM 
of every month unless otherwise noted. 

Register Here​


January 12 - Saving for When 'Life Happens'

We all know 'life happens' and presents challenges along the way. Join Patricia Maynard and Crystal Terhune for a discussion about ways to prepare financially for the unexpected!​



February 9 - Health Insurance Smart Actions

I have health insurance, but am I getting the best value out of it? Health insurance is designed to protect both health and financial wellbeing. Join Dorothy Nuckols and Carrie Sorenson for 8 smart actions to get the most out of your health insurance.​



March 9 - Clarifying the Confusion about Different Cooking Oils

Coconut, olive, vegetable, sunflower oil--oh my! Confused about which type of oil to buy? Join Lisa McCoy to learn about the different types of cooking oils and how to select one that is healthy.​



April 13 - Freezing Foods for Freshness

Freezing is the easiest and quickest method to preserve fresh produce from your garden or local farmer’s market so you ‘savor their flavors’ year-round. Learn some quick tips with Jeanette Jeffrey to freeze fruits, vegetables, and proteins without the (freezer) burn!​



May 11 - Know-How's of Anxiety

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Join Dhruti Patel and dive deeper into the physiology of anxiety. Discover why and how anxiety behavior is cultivated, and learn small steps you can take to manage your everyday anxiety. Remember, anxiety is not something your mind makes up. It happens in our physiological bodies too.​



June 8 - Food Recalls: What's Going on in the Food System?

Have you heard about the latest food recall in the news? If you have, do not panic. Join Dr. Shauna Henley to breakdown WHY a food is recalled and WHAT you can do if you have the food in your home. Not all food recalls are the same. Learn how to be safe, and get a refund for your product.​



July 13 - OMG, GMOs!

GMOs or Genetically Modified Foods can quickly bring up many emotions for a person. Join the discussion with Dr. Shauna Henley about GMOs and their safety, how they are regulated, and what foods are GMOs or bioengineered foods. Come learn more about GMOs to help you make informed food decisions for you and your household.​



August 10 - Sleep: the Third Pillar of Health

Not enough sleep has been linked to a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Learn some tips with Beverly Jackey that will help you 'count those sheep' and get some sleep!​



September 14th  - That Takes Guts!

Did you know you have trillions of live bacteria in your gut? Join Dr. Mona Habibi and discover how to stand up against the bad bacteria by feeding the good bacteria with what you eat. Now that takes guts!​



October 12 - Get Hooked on How Seafood Helps Your Heart

October is National Seafood Month. Take the plunge with Erin Jewell as she dives into how seafood plays a role in a healthy diet, particularly for your heart!​



November 9 - "Un-Sugarcoating" the Truth about Diabetes

November is American Diabetes Awareness month, which reminds everyone to get their blood sugar and blood pressure tested, make an appointment for diabetes-related tests such as a dilated eye exam, dental check-up, and more! Join Cheryl Bush to discuss the best ways of preventing and managing diabetes for you or your loved ones.



​December 14 - An Apple a Day Keeps the Worries Away 

Diet changes cannot cure anxiety or stress; however, they may make a difference in your general mood which may help you handle stress and anxiety better. Join Beverly Jackey to learn what healthy strategies to follow and foods to watch to help relieve the symptoms of anxiety and stress.​



University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected class.


If you need reasonable accommodations, please contact either of the following educators at least two weeks prior to the event. 

  • Erin Jewell: erinj@umd.edu, 301-475-4485

  • ​Beverly Jackey: bjackey@umd.edu, 410-996-8133​


​​​Disclaimer: Information provided, comments, and views expressed during the ​​teleconference do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled.