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Success Story in Edgecombe County

St. Luke Church of Christ, Princeville

April 13, 2017

Yvonne Murphy, Program Associate with the NC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) partnered with St. Luke Church of Christ in Princeville to carry out a vibrant Faithful Families program in partnership with the wellness committee at the church. Through this curriculum, participants are challenged to make positive changes to achieve good nutrition and health, increase physical activity, control portion sizes, practice food resource management skills, practice food safety in preparation and practice safe storage and handling of food.

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Coffee and Health

This was originally posted by the NC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education program, here/

October 5, 2015

Did you know, a plain cup of brewed coffee has only 2 calories and no fat. However, if you like to add flavored creams, sugars, etc., the calories quickly add up. See how many calories just 1 tablespoon of these extras can add to your coffee:

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Try a Pita Pocket Sandwich

August 12, 2015

Note: This was originally posted by the North Carolina Expanded Food and Nutrition Program here.

Sandwiches are a common staple food on a lunchbox menu for children, but I’ve noticed sandwiches have gotten a reputation as being boring or bland because children get tired of eating the same old sandwich for lunch every day. Sure, spreading some peanut butter and jelly on bread or just slapping on a few cold cuts makes for a tasty and easy meal, but eating that every day can make sandwiches less appealing. Get creative with new sandwich recipes and combinations to make lunch a meal that your child (and you) will look forward to!

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Gardening 101 – Part Three

Welcome back to the gardening series! I hope you’ve been thinking deeply on how to start a garden with your family and friends. Starting small is always key and one of the best pieces of advice given by the Master Gardeners.  They advised that you start a container garden if you are very new into gardening or if you can’t afford the space or time to take care of a larger garden.

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Make Valentine’s Day Healthy and Happy

by Lorelei Jones

When you think about a special Valentine’s Day celebration, what comes to your mind first?  Was it the chocolate or the dinner?  Probably not.  It was more likely a sweet message from a dear friend or family member, a simple note, a kind gesture, or a fond memory of time spent together.

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I heart you.

February 6, 2015

by Debbie Stephenson

Go into any grocery store or drug store today and you will find aisles of Valentine’s candy.  You will find everyday candy in red, white, or pink wrappers.  You will see candy shaped like hearts or lips, candy on a stick, candy with writing on it, marshmallow candy, gluten free candy, sugar free candy, cinnamon flavored candy, candy rings and the ever popular, chocolate in heart shaped boxes.  In a 2013 CNN Report on Valentine’s Day, it is estimated that 1.6 billion dollars was spent on candy.  WOW!  Eat a 12-ounce box of assorted chocolates from a well-known candy maker and you will have eaten approximately 1700 calories.   According to calorieking.com, you would have to walk almost 8 hours or jog 3.25 hours to burn off those calories. That’s a lot of money, calories and exercise! It’s time to think “outside the box”!

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Communal Cooking for Busy Families

November 3, 2014

by Annie Hardison-Moody

Originally posted at Voices into Action.

Some of the researchers on the Voices into Action project recently wrote an article about family meals (you can read a little more about it here), in which they talk about the issues families face as they try to get dinner on the table.  Many of these issues are structural, like low wages, gender inequality, and under or un-employment.  As moms in our project have told us, these struggles are real, and families are finding it increasingly hard to shop for and prepare meals each day.

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Quick and Easy Sandwiches

Sandwiches are quick and easy to make, but can be high in calories if you’re not careful.  Substitute 2 T. fat-free yogurt for 2 T. mayonnaise on that sandwich and you save a whopping 167  calories and around 20g. of fat.  Check out these recipes below:

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How to Make Sanitizing Solution

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October 16, 2014

Wiping our kitchen surfaces down with a warm, soapy dish cloth removes the visible dirt and grime but doesn’t remove harmful bacteria and viruses. We need to sanitize our surfaces in addition to cleaning them. Click here to see how you can make your own inexpensive sanitizing solution.

This was originally posted on the North Carolina EFNEP website.