March Is Living Well Month and National Nutrition Month!

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FCS Agent Marcus McFarland cooking for National Nutrition Month Event

March is Extension Living Well Month and National Nutrition Month! And here at Cooperative Extension, our Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Marcus McFarland is helping to spread the word about healthy nutritious eating as well as encouraging family, mental, and health wellness in Union County.

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Extension Living Well Month is a celebration with Family and Consumer Sciences educators and extension agents of encouraging habits that help to lead a fulfilling life. Here at extension, Marcus helps to get information to the community through social media on important topics like cleaning your home to reduce mold and pest or improving on your sleep at night. National Nutrition Month is a celebration with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on healthy eating and making great choices with foods.

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With a collaboration with Cooperative Extension, Union County Public Libraries, and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program in Union County Health and Human Services, Marcus was able to do cooking demonstrations with Children at the Monroe Library, and with Families at Healthy and Human Services. At the celebration with the WIC program, employees and families coming in for human services were able to try yummy garden quesadillas and lemon basil summer squash salads. At the Union County Monroe Library, children were able to do a lesson about the MyPlate food groups and try some yummy tacos. It was great to see children and parents trying delicious meals together and being able to take home recipes to try at home. If you would like more information on how to keep a healthy lifestyle and environment, please contact Marcus McFarland, Union County Family and Consumer Sciences agent at (704) 283-3830.