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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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4 Steps to Food Safety

Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans get sick each year due food poisoning and 128,000 people end …

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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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Trusted Food Preservation Resources

Here are some trusted resources to help you with your food preservation questions. The National Center for Home Food Preservation …

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Canner Gauge Testing

It’s Time to Test Your Canner Gauge! Your pressure canner gauge should be tested for accuracy each year before you …

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Online Freezer Meals Workshop

Online Freezer Meals Workshop June 24, 2020 Noon–1 p.m. Join us to learn about healthy meal planning, preparation techniques, and food safety …

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Benefits of Buying Local Foods

Spring is in the air, temperatures are rising, and people are coming out of isolation. One great way to …

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Grow Your Own Food Project

Thanks to the generosity of Banner Greenhouses, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center was able to provide tomatoes, peppers, …

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Count on Me NC

NC State Extension, in partnership with NC Department of Health and Human Services, NC Restaurant and Lodging Association and …

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GMO Food Labeling

You may have seen controversy over GMOs and labeling in the media. Keep watching for a breakdown of the …

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Success in 2019!

Here are some highlights from programs offered by the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center in 2019. Successes from 2019 …

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May Is National Strawberry Month

These delicious red fruits are great for your heart. They increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

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Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication focuses on developing fruit and vegetable production gardens in the Outdoor Learning Environment …

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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 …

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 …

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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. …

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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 …

Pickle and Pickle Product Problems

This guide lists the problems that can arise in making sweet gherkin pickles and describes …

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Thawing Food Safely

This factsheet describes how to safely thaw frozen foods.

8/13/20For Safety's Sake