FCS Weekly News May 25, 2020

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Med Instead of Meds

salmon, shrimp and salad

Eating like those who live in the Mediterranean region has been shown to promote health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases.

Recipes of the week: Honey Balsamic Glazed Salmon, and Almond Cookies with Tahini and Honey 

Honey Balsamic Glazed Salmon recipe

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Health Fact: What is tahini? Tahini is toasted sesame seeds ground down to a paste. Tahini is a common ingredient in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking, blended into dips like hummus.

Almond Cookies with Tahini and Honey recipe

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Older Americans Month

Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The theme for 2020 is “Make Your Mark.”  

This theme was selected to encourage and celebrate countless contributions that older adults make to our communities. Their time, experience, and talents benefit family, peers, and neighbors every day. Communities, organizations, and individuals of all ages are also making their marks. This year’s theme highlights the difference everyone can make – in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities.

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My Mobility Plan

What Can You Do to Stay Independent?

Many people make financial plans for retirement, but not everyone plans for other changes that may come with age. This includes changes in your mobility—your ability to get around. 

It’s not easy to talk about, but as we get older, physical changes can make it harder to get around and do things we want or need to do—like driving, shopping, or doing household chores.

More information on how to make a mobility plan today to stay independent tomorrow. >>

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

National Stroke Awareness Month raises awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke and stresses the importance of quick action. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of serious disability. A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when blood supply to part of the brain becomes blocked or when a  blood vessel in the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die. 

Know these signs of a stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do the following simple test:

  • F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
  • T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away. Note the time symptoms first appeared and notify health care providers when they arrive.

If you or someone else has any of these symptoms it is critical to call 9-1-1 immediately. Patients who arrive at the emergency room within 3 hours of their first symptoms often have less disability and can increase their odds of survival compared to those who received delayed care. Learn more about risk factors that increase your chances of having a stroke and how to protect yourself and loved ones. By knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, you can take quick action and perhaps save a life—maybe even your own.


Count on Me NC

A Mutual Commitment To Keep Everyone Healthy & Safe

The Count On Me NC program is focused on providing the necessary knowledge and information needed to manage COVID-19 within businesses as restrictions are relaxed. These free courses provide a consistent approach based on state and national guidelines. The voluntary program is designed to incorporate the best available science in social and physical distancing, employee health and cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection and is presented in an easy format in both English and Spanish. Each of these short training sessions are under 30minutes and delivered online in an engaging and interactive format. Participating businesses will be recognized on the CountOnMeNC website.

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Pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT)

You will qualify to receive P-EBT if you have one or more children in your home, who get free and reduced lunch at school. The child’s legal and citizenship status does not matter.

This includes:

  • Families of foster children who normally get free and reduced lunch at school
  • Families of children who get free and reduced lunch at a North Carolina charter school
  • Families of children in Head Start Pre-K programs in public grade schools who get free and reduced lunch
  • Students who turn 18 while enrolled in school and get free and reduced lunch.

NCDHHS Pandemic Electronic Benefits fact sheet page 1

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Free, Weekly Credit Reports

Credit reports are now free every week: If you’re feeling anxious about your financial health during these uncertain times, you’re not alone. That’s why the three national credit reporting agencies are giving people weekly access to monitor their credit report — for free.

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