Neighborhood Nutrition

Listen to the Neighborhood Nutrition podcast to learn tips and tricks about nutrition and making the most out of your food dollars from our community nutrition instructors. Katie Wisneski, MSU student and intern, interviews nutrition instructors from around the state. 

Nutrition instructors teach nutrition and physical activity classes throughout the state of Michigan and help participants find ways to make healthy choices that fit their lifestyle and budget. Classes are currently being offered virtually. Click on "Events" above or connect with your local county office to join a class. 

A full transcript of each episode is available by selecting the title of each episode

MSU Extension nutrition programs, and this podcast, are funded by the US Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP and the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). Both programs allow MSU Extension to provide nutrition education for limited resource residents throughout the state of Michigan. 

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Production Team:

  • Katie Wisneski, MSU student and intern: writer, host, audio editor
  • Erin E. Powell, MS, RD, Extension Educator: producer, director
  • Dawn Earnesty, PhD, RDN, Evaluation Specialist: content consultant 


  • Neighborhood Nutrition Episode 1: Sandra Westover

    Published on September 18, 2020
    Katie Wisneski, MSU student and intern, discusses how to stock your pantry for easy meals, cooking, and grocery shopping with Sandra Westover, community nutrition instructor.

  • Neighborhood Nutrition Episode 2: Stephanie Meck

    Published on September 17, 2020
    Katie Wisneski, MSU student and intern, talks to Stephanie Meck, community nutrition instructor, about menu planning, making "planned overs," and incorporating foods that fit your lifestyle and budget.

  • Neighborhood Nutrition Episode 3: Ken Kujawski

    Published on September 16, 2020
    Katie Wisneski, MSU student and intern, talks to Ken Kujawski, community nutrition instructor, about food deserts, ideas for how to eat healthy while living in a food desert, and the Meet Up and Eat Up summer nutrition program.

  • Neighborhood Nutrition Episode 4: Adim Ogbuaku

    Published on September 15, 2020
    Katie Wisneski, MSU student and intern, talks with Adim Ogbuaku, community nutrition instructor, about MyPlate, balancing foods to get a variety of nutrients, ways to eat foods that aren't your favorite, and trying new foods.

  • Neighborhood Nutrition Episode 5: Nola Auernhamer

    Published on September 14, 2020
    Katie Wisneski, MSU student and intern, talks to Nola Auernhamer, community nutrition instructor, about eating a healthy breakfast, refrigerator and pantry organization, and intentionally making "leftovers" to save time.

  • Neighborhood Nutrition Episode 6: Cody McLaren

    Published on September 13, 2020
    Katie Wisneski, MSU student and intern, talks with Cody McLaren, community nutrition instructor, about grocery shopping, including preparing before you go to the store, how to save money at the store, and reading nutrition facts labels.

  • Neighborhood Nutrition Episode 7: Crystal White

    Published on September 12, 2020
    Katie Wisneski, MSU student and intern, talks to Crystal White, community nutrition instructor, about making a food budget, helpful tools and phone apps for budgeting, using food assistance benefits online, and resources MSU Extension offers.

  • Neighborhood Nutrition Episode 8: Derrick Harrison

    Published on September 11, 2020
    Katie Wisneski, MSU student and intern, talks to Derrick Harrison, community nutrition instructor about planning meals, shopping with friends or family to save money, using ingredients for multiple meals, and resources available from MSU Extension.