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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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Girl works at a computer and eats unhealthy food.

Stress & Food

Stress is a common problem in most modern societies. Whether it stems from the daily demands of work and …

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Move More, Sit Less

Taking a walk is as easy as a quick trip around the block or a trek around town. What …

alarm clock on pillow

Do You Get Enough Sleep?

When your busy schedule cuts into your down time, do you cut back on your sleep? You may think …

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Rethink Your Drink

This is the third article in our series on Eat Smart Move More Core Behaviors, evidence-based lifestyle behaviors that …

Healthy Eating Plate showing all food groups.

Design a Healthy Plate

As we plan a new year and navigate the twists and turns of a continuing “new normal”, this is …

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What Is a Local Food System?

In my last article, I discussed the food system as a global and interconnected web, with all of its …

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Healthy Food Donations

During the past 18 months, N.C. Cooperative Extension has been working with community partners to enhance the availability and …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

Identifying and Responding to Factors That Can Affect Egg Quality and Appearance

This publication is a useful resource that shell egg producers can use to identify egg …

5/10/22

Mold Testing

This publication discusses the pros and cons of mold testing in a home.

4/20/22