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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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Whip It Up Wednesday

Fish Tacos Fish is a high-protein, low-fat food that provides a range of health benefits. White-fleshed fish is lower in …

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Whip It Up Wednesday

Skillet Spaghetti SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. Make the decision to improve your health through nutrition and exercise. The Expanded …

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Whip It Up Wednesday

Tortilla Cups with Eggs Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. The phrase, “you are what you eat” …

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Saving Milk

One of my favorite childhood movies was Heidi. There are many versions but I’ve only seen the one made …

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Whip It Up Wednesday

Cucumber Strawberry Salsa A refreshing summertime salsa made with fresh cucumbers, strawberries, onion, and jalapeno pepper and a hint of …

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Whip It Up Wednesday...

Strawberries with Cinnamon Sauce Try this light and simply delicious snack made with strawberries and cinnamon. Cinnamon may improve some key …

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Whip It Up Wednesday...

Chocolate Beet Snack Cake For today’s edition of Whip It Up Wednesday, Nitasha is sharing her recipe for Chocolate Beet …

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Whip It Up Wednesday Recipe

For today’s edition of Whip It Up Wednesday, I’m sharing my recipe for Banana Berry Smooth Serve. Banana Berry Soft …

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Chopped Challenge "4-H Edition"

Vance and Warren County 4-H Programs are hosting our first 4-H Edition Chopped Challenge! There is NO registration fee …

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Whip It Up Wednesday...

Fruits Should Be A Part Of Your Day Evidence shows there are significant health benefits to getting at least 5 …

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Whip It Up Wednesday Recipe

Summer is in full swing, and so are many of the local farmers markets! Farmer markets are a great …

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In the Cards

As unemployment surged in North Carolina this spring during the COVID-19 pandemic, so did the demand for food from …

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Whip It Up Wednesday Recipe

Any vegetable or 100% vegetable juice counts as a member of the Vegetable Group. Vegetables may be raw or …

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Gleaned Sweetpotatoes: Storage, Recipes, and Quick Facts

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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 …