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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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Caring for Your Masks

We all want to protect and prevent the spread of COVID-19. One of the recommended ways to do this …

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Preserving Fruits & Vegetables

Preserving fruits and vegetables is a great way to save money and provide healthy food for your family. If …

Glass of limeade

Limeade Explosion!

Warmer weather is here and while we are having more cookouts, we crave tasty beverages. The prices of carbonated …

chicken steak and sausage on the grill

How Green Is Your Grill?

With Independence Day just around the corner, many of us are planning the meal we will cook to share …

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Vitamin D and You

Recently, we learned that researchers have discovered that people with lower levels of vitamin D have higher mortality rates …

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FCS@Home - North Carolina Peaches

Warm summertime means delicious peaches from June to September. That’s right! Peaches are a great healthy snack to cool …

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Indoor Tanning Facts

Although the beaches have opened up with an advisory to social distance, many folks still enjoy going to the …

Jams and Fruits

FCS Programs Update for June

To ensure the safety of our community during this time, here are a few updates to the previously scheduled …

Watermelon in Hand

Cool Down With Watermelon!

What’s a great way to cool you down in the hot weather? How about watermelon? Watermelon is a delicious …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

Helping Children Cope With Stress

This publication describes how children cope with stress and summarizes practices that parents can use …

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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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …