Are you taking any medications? If you are taking echinacea, St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba or a multivitamin/multimineral supplement, you should answer “yes” to that question.

When your physician or pharmacist asks, you should let them know about not only prescribed medications, but also over-the-counter medications. This includes nutritional supplements, herbal remedies and topical treatments applied to the skin.

All medications, as well as food, can interact with each other with sometimes serious consequences. Discuss with your health care provider before embarking on a course of treatment. Find out if there is a more inexpensive generic version, and read all the information on the medications fact sheet before taking a new drug or supplement.

If you’d like to learn more about prescription and non-prescription medications for better health, North Dakota State University Extension can help. The Extension office in Stutsman County is hosting a virtual, self-paced program designed to help you Nourish Your Body and Mind.

On April 26, “Know Your Prescription and Non-prescription Medications” will be released to those who register. This class is part of a 13-part series titled “Nourish Your Body and Mind." The program is designed to provide individuals with information and strategies to reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases.

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With this series, two new topics are introduced each month. There will be one more topic released in May to end the series, but those interested in past topics can register for the programs already released. Participants will be able to view a video presentation and receive access to helpful material such as NDSU Extension publications, additional websites, and healthful recipes to try at home.

If you aren’t able to view or register for the program online, Stutsman County Extension will make accommodations.

To register, visit the NDSU Extension-Stutsman County website at and find “Nourish Your Body and Mind” in the Events section.

For more information, or to request accommodations, contact the Extension office at (701) 252-9030.

Christina Rittenbach, Stutsman County Extension agent, may be contacted at or (701) 252-9030.