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County Extension

  • 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

     

  • Looking for that one ‘magic’ food

    I always enjoy looking at the headlines on those popular magazines at the grocery store checkout. It seems that people are always looking for that one food or food group that is the “magic bullet” that will solve all their nutrition and health problems. I think most folks know there isn’t really such a food, but there are some foods that can help eliminate or postpone an illness and you really don’t have to look further than most refrigerators or pantries.

  • Eating to lower cholesterol

     For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing information about heart healthy eating and cooking. This week, I’ll continue, since I’m teaching a series of classes on that topic in October and I’ve done a lot of reading on the topic. One area that is a concern to many people, whether you have heart disease or just trying to eat a healthy diet, is cholesterol. This will be the focus in week No. 2 in our class series.

  • Retrieving information from your brain

     Earlier this month, I showed you how concept mapping can be a great tool to MOVE (meaningful, organized, visual, elaborative) information from the fragile working memory to the more rugged long-term memory. Now it’s time to practice the R in MOVE(R): Retrieving it!