Move More in a Park

Did you know that living near a park is linked to being more active? Parks are great places to move more and enjoy the outdoors. You can find family-friendly activities at all types of parks – the neighborhood playground, the local rec sports field, a large urban parks and recreation facility, state and national parks, forests, and wilderness areas, and every park in between. Continue reading

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Eat Smart During Emergencies

With Hurricane Florence making landfall today, it’s a good time to think about how to plan for emergencies and power outages. Food safety is a big concern for flooding and loss of power. But the simple act of preparing meals becomes more difficult as well. Here are some things to keep in mind this weekend, as well as any time it snows or other weather emergencies affect your normal routine. Continue reading

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Menu Planning for Busy Families

Now that school is back in session and kids sports are underway, your evenings have probably gotten much busier. Instead of turning to takeout, delivery, or fast food, put a little time into meal planning so your family can eat smart. These are a few different strategies you can use to make it easier and quicker to cook more meals at home no matter how busy you are. Continue reading

Kids Eat Right With Your Help

August is Kids Eat Right Month™, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy Foundation’s chance to highlight the fight for our children’s healthy future. Eating habits are learned by what children are served and what those around them eat as well. Parents can have a big impact by being healthy role models so their kids can grow up learning to eat smart. Here are some ways you can raise healthy eaters. Continue reading

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Preserving Your Garden Harvest

Gardens are in full bloom around the state. You might be overflowing with some fruits and veggies, like squash, zucchini, tomatoes, berries, or cucumbers. For many gardeners, there’s more produce than you can eat before it goes bad. There are several ways to preserve food to enjoy later, some take more effort than others. And even if you don’t garden yourself, you can still put up produce from the farmers market to enjoy over the winter. Many farmers offer discounts for bulk quantities or “seconds” (slightly blemished or misshapen, but still perfectly edible). This is just an overview of some different home food preservation techniques. Talk to your local extension office for expert advice on safe canning and pickling. Continue reading