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County Extension

  • It doesn’t have to be another salad

     By Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    Eating out has become a part of many of our lives. Although it may be easier to eat more healthfully at home, there are still a variety of ways to eat at a restaurant and eat more healthfully.

    Although vegetables and salads may seem like the answer, they can also be a haven for added fat or sodium. Salad bars can be dangerous. Here are a few tips:

  • Take the holiday challenge

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    The food holidays will be here before we know it. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I don’t need to remind you that about the many eating opportunities that will quickly follow. We make 200 food decisions every day. That’s in a normal day; just think of the decisions you’ll need to make during the holiday time. We can help make some of those food decisions good for you.

  • Eat more beans

     By Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    Do you know that game where you’re given a set of words that don’t really sound like they go together and your challenge is to figure out what they have in common? Let’s play. Here are the words: pinto, kidney and black.

    If you don’t know, here are a few more words to give you hints: cranberry, navy, lima, ajzuki, black-eyed, garbanzo, great northern, pink and red.

  • Simple healthful substitutions

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    For the past month, I’ve been teaching a Heart Healthy cooking class at the training center at N.C. Cooperative Extension Brunswick County Center in Bolivia. I’ve tried to share with class members that healthier foods don’t have to be boring and many of our favorite foods can be prepared in a more healthful manner.

  • Eat better, eat together

     When is the last time you sat down and ate a meal with your family?

    If you can’t remember, you’re not alone. A recent New York Times report said “sitting down to three square meals daily is going by way of the landline” because more and more consumers are snacking and grazing throughout the day. The same article reported that Americans are increasingly likely to eat alone at least 50 percent of the time.

  • Giving excellent praise, part two

     You will recall that we started discussing how we praise kids earlier this month. Excellent praise is: 1) credible, 2) process focused not person focused, 3) specific, and 4) focused on important components. Giving excellent praise supports youth in developing a positive self-concept — the way one perceives oneself. Today, we’ll address the third and fourth components of excellent praise.

  • Sweet potato: the state vegetable

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    I just learned something new. The sweet potato is the North Carolina state vegetable. That only seems right since North Carolina is the top sweet potato producing state in the nation. Our farmers grow almost 50 percent of all the sweet potatoes in the United States.

  • Pumpkins everywhere

     I walk with a great group of women in the early morning. Not only do we get an hour of exercise, we keep each other up to date on news and events. Last week’s discussion was pumpkin. It seems the flavor of pumpkin is popping up everywhere at restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores. My friends are specifically fond of pumpkin coffee, pumpkin donuts and pumpkin coffee creamer.

  • Giving Excellent Praise

     We seem to be having a national discussion on when and how we should praise children. We have “Tiger Moms” who praise rarely to never and parents who praise for accomplishing the simplest tasks. Fortunately, there is a treasure trove of youth development research to help all of us find a place on the spectrum of praise that will support the development of a healthy self-concept in the youth with whom we work. This is the first column of a two-part series on giving praise.

     

  • Stinging caterpillars make appearance in home gardens

     Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent