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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.

Pressure Canning.

FCS@Home: Summer Canning!

As we are gearing towards harvesting our summer produce from our farms and our gardens, we may find ourselves …

fresh fruit meal laid out on blanket beach scene

Summer Self Care

During the summer months, our bodies can undergo a few changes due to our lifestyle. Most of us enjoy …

junk food/healthy food

You CAN Eat Healthy on a Budget

One of the biggest myths about shopping for healthier foods is that “only rich people can afford it.” In …

Corn and Tomato salad

Corn: A Local Treasure

As I ride throughout the countryside in Union County, I see lots of corn growing. Some of the stalks …

clothe face masks

Caring for Your Masks

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

home canned tomatoes

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 …

food items that contain vitamin d

Vitamin D and You

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

Bushel of Peaches

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 …

Indoor tanning beds

Indoor Tanning Facts

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

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

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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? …

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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 …

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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. …

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 …