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Health & Nutrition

Extension offers a wealth of educational programs that help people make healthier, better-informed decisions and grow our economy. Programs cover a variety of areas from local foods and food safety to gardening and environmental efforts.

A row of fall pears.

It's Time for Pears

Second only to their botanical cousin, apples, in popularity and production, U.S. pears are grown in California, Washington and …

Bunch of grapes

NC Grapes Are in Season

Sweet, juicy and easy to eat, grapes are classified by their use (eating or table grapes, wine-making and processing …

Nice glass of cool water

Drink Up!

Few of us think of getting enough liquids, such as water, as a crucial part of a good diet. …

A white bowl of blueberries

Blueberries!

In season from late spring to late summer, fresh blueberries are at their peak in July and August. Juicy …

Bowl of beautiful tomatoes

Seasonal Produce: Tomatoes

Nothing says summer quite like juicy, vine-ripened tomatoes still warm from the sun. Native to South America, tomatoes are …

Trail of ants

Pesky Pets in the Pantry

A sure way to ruin an appetite and dampen the enthusiasm of any cook is to open a box …

Backyard chicken coop

Backyard Poultry Resources

Lately, backyard poultry has become popular for a variety of reasons. Whether to provide a source of meat and …

Packages of ground beef

Is That Meat Really Hormone-Free?

One food misconception is that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Though hard to believe, quite a few Americans …

Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating: Savor the Flavor

The concept of mindful living means paying attention to the events, activities and thoughts that make up your daily …

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Local Food List Now Available

This list of local food sources is being put together by Cooperative Extension offices across the state. The lists …

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NC Restaurants Feeding Kids Initiative

Are you a restaurant, catering company or food-service operation interested in helping feed kids in need during COVID-19 school closures? …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

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Cost Analysis for Improving Park Facilities to Promote Park-based Physical Activity

As public parks and recreation facilities are increasingly positioned as health resources, greater demands for …

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Harvesting beans from a vine-covered teepee.

Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication focuses on developing fruit and vegetable production gardens in the Outdoor Learning Environment …

Searching for ripe tomatoes.

Snacking and Cooking with Warm-Season Produce from Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

Stirring kale and dressing for a winter salad.

Snacking and Cooking With Cool-Season Produce From Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

Raised beds with a crop of kale (left) and mustard greens (rt).

Growing Cool-Season Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, cool-season vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. This is …

Raised beds with a mix of warm-season fruits and vegetables.

Growing Warm-Season Fruits and Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, warm-season fruits and vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. …

Photo: Little fingers loosening roots before planting.

Growing and Cooking Fruits and Vegetables at Childcare Centers

This factsheet summarizes the benefits of fruit and vegetable gardening with children. It includes age-appropriate …

Pickle and Pickle Product Problems

This guide lists the problems that can arise in making sweet gherkin pickles and describes …

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