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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.

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Versatile Spinach

Spinach tastes good raw or cooked. Serve raw in salads or on sandwiches. It can be steamed, boiled, microwaved, sautéed, or …

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March Is Noodle Month

Pasta is a versatile pantry staple and often a family favorite. It sometimes has a reputation as being unhealthy. …

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March Is “Living Well” Month

N.C. Cooperative Extension helps North Carolina residents to “Live Well.” Raising kids, eating right, spending smart, living well is …

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Do You Love Chocolate?

Currently grocery aisles are overflowing with Valentine’s candy. This means lots of chocolate everywhere. But chocolate isn’t a forbidden …

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Being Safe During Cold Weather

The onset of winter brings cold-weather discomfort to the elderly. It can also bring special safety hazards. Ice, snow …

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January Is Oatmeal Month

Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is not digested by body, but attracts water and becomes a gel-like …

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Planned Leftovers

Using leftovers not only saves money, but it can also save time. The most obvious way leftovers save time …

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Asparagus - Grow It, Eat It!

Versatile asparagus is a nutritional powerhouse that pairs well with fish, beef, shrimp, veal, chicken, and pasta, but is …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

Farmers' Market Tours: A Guide for Nutrition Educators

A Farmers’ Market Tour is a great way to introduce your program participants to an …

1/6/21
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Barriers and Strategies to Connecting Urban Audiences to Wildlife and Nature: Results from a Multi-Method Research Project

This publication summarizes the findings of a research project aimed at understanding urban audiences, identifying …

1/6/21

Pickle and Pickle Product Problems

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

11/11/20For Safety's Sake

Thawing Food Safely

This factsheet describes how to safely thaw frozen foods.

11/11/20For Safety's Sake
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Gleaned Sweetpotatoes: Storage, Recipes, and Quick Facts

Do you have sweetpotatoes that have been gleaned that you plan on using or donating? …

10/21/20

Eat Smart Move More North Carolina: Growing Communities Through Gardens

Gardens bring communities together. Not only are community gardens a good way to get more …

10/14/20
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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 …

9/23/20
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At Your Door Step: A Family Factsheet on Outdoor Play and Learning

Right at your doorstep may be many of the answers to the social, educational, and …

7/29/20