Skip to main content

Logo for N.C. Cooperative Extension N.C. Cooperative Extension Homepage

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.

Olive Oil Shopping Guide

I get several questions about olive oil: what types to buy, if you need more than one for different …

National Soup Month

January tends to be a pretty bleak month. The holidays have just ended and everyone is adjusting back to …

Med Instead of Meds

Did you know that two-thirds of chronic diseases can be prevented by lifestyle changes, specifically diet and exercise? This …

Less Food Waste in 2020

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), food waste refers to the “decrease in …

Self-Care for 2020

A new year brings great time for reflection and new intentions. I know that resolutions have been given a …

Have a Healthy Holiday

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but we often get distracted by many of the events that …

Staying Active During the Winter

Dropping Temperatures Does Not Mean Your Activity Level Has to Drop During the winter months, it is often difficult to …

Feed Your Body, Not Your Mood

Do you ever eat because you’re bored? Mad? Angry? Happy? This is what we call emotional eating, or you …

Keep Your Holiday Foods Safe

Sometimes I wonder what happened to doing things right during the holidays. I know things get hectic, but many of …

Bring Hypertension to a Halt

Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. It is a condition that puts a higher amount of force …

Recent Publications related to Health & Nutrition

COVID-19 General Guidance for Retail Food Environments

This factsheet offers guidance for retail establishments during a viral respiratory outbreak, like the coronavirus …

2 days ago

COVID-19 and Other Viral Respiratory Illnesses: Preventative Measures

This factsheet offers practical guidelines for keeping yourself healthy during a viral respiratory outbreak like …

2 days ago

At Your Door Step: A Family Factsheet on Outdoor Play and Learning

Right at your doorstep may be many of the answers to the social, educational, and …

7 days ago

Building Bones for a Lifetime: Diet and Osteoporosis

This booklet will help you determine if you are at risk for osteoporosis, and will …

7 days ago

A Housing Safety Checklist for Older People

This checklist describes household conditions that can be hazardous to the elderly and recommends ways …

2 weeks ago
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 …

Good Agricultural Practices for the Production and Handling of Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, and Blueberry

Maintaining good sanitation throughout production and handling of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries is important. …

2/19/20

Thawing Food Safely

This factsheet describes how to safely thaw frozen foods.

2/12/20For Safety's Sake