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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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Hurricane Meal Kits

June 1 is fast approaching. For those us who have lived here in SE North Carolina for a while we …

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Dirtiest Spots in Your Kitchen

In general, most people do a pretty good job of keeping their kitchen clean. They clean and sanitize counter tops …

ESMMPD Participant Mkg Flyer

Sorting Out Prediabetes

If your blood sugar is high and your A1C numbers are higher than normal you may have something they are …

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Label Dates Waste Food

This past month I wrote several columns about food waste and ways you can help reduce the amount of food …

Ken Leuth from Streat Side Cafe in Southport

Golden 'A' Awards

Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the county’s Golden A Awards ceremony. This is hosted by the …

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Avoiding Food Waste at Home

Over one-third of all available food in the United States goes uneaten due to loss or waste. It’s estimated that …

Avery Ashley explaining why don't we eat more fruits and vegetables.

More Veggies

Avery Ashley our Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent along with our Extension Master Food Volunteers (EMFVs) recently conducted a …

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Make It Soup-er

It’s a rainy day as I write this. I’m thinking about making a big pot of soup. Soup can be …

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Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans...

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans. Just different names for the same food. But no matter what you call them these …

DASH Easting Plan

Do the DASH

I’ve written a lot about the Mediterranean Diet and our Family and Consumer Science staff and volunteers teach about …

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Just for Peanut Butter Lovers

What do you like best smooth or crunchy peanut butter? I’m asking this question because I’m thinking about peanut butter. …

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Safety of Leftover Rice

Leftover rice. There are several articles making their way around the internet and some columns in national newspapers on …

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Oatmeal Day

I bet you missed it. Last Monday (February 12) was Oatmeal Day. But don’t fret, you can “celebrate” this any …

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Super Choices for Super Bowl Eating

According to the US Department to Agriculture, “Super Bowl Sunday is American’s second largest food consumption day—right after Thanksgiving.” It’s …

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Food Bank Tour and Lots of Turnips

Our Extension Master Food Volunteers recently toured the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. This food bank is located …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

Farm to Early Care and Education Local Food Purchasing Guide

There are many different ways to buy local food, and this guide provides information that …

4/3/24Local Foods
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4-H Chicken Donation: Embryology to Harvesting

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses 4-H projects that …

4/3/24Local Foods
People work in a community food garden.

Master Gardener Volunteers and Community / Home Gardens

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses using community and …

4/3/24Local Foods

Food Pantry Produce Markets

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses setting up a …

4/3/24Local Foods
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Direct to Food Bank and Food Pantry Donations

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses food donations given …

4/3/24Local Foods
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Venison Donation Programs

This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses venison donation programs …

4/3/24Local Foods
4-H volunteers gleaning sweet potatoes.


This publication, part of the Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide, discusses the process of …

4/3/24Local Foods
Volunteers sort food at a food bank.

Farm to Food Bank Resource Guide for North Carolina Cooperative Extension

This publication provides information and success stories related to food banks, food pantries, food donation …

4/3/24Local Foods