Family and Consumer Science Newsletter – August 17, 2020

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Prevent T2 Virtual Program
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Due to COVID-19, we have restructured the Prevent T2 program into a virtual experience. If you are interested in being a part of the year-long program that focuses on preventing Type 2 diabetes, losing weight, and increasing your physical activity then this is the perfect program for you, and the great benefit is now you can do it from from the comfort of your office, home or anywhere that you may be. Classes will begin on September 21, 2020. You can choose the class time of noon–1 p.m. or 6–7 p.m. Register by clicking on the  Registration link >> to complete the Google Form.

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a structured and evidence-based program developed specifically to prevent type 2 diabetes. It is free to patients and it has been shown to cut in half the risk of getting diabetes. DPP is designed for people who have pre-diabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, but who do not already have diabetes.

How It Works:
The one-year program is group-based and consists of weekly and monthly sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of adults with similar goals in a community setting.

Program Goals:

  • Weight loss of 5% to 7% of body weight
  • Gradually increase physical activity to reach a goal of at least 180 minutes per week

Who Qualifies?
An eligible person must…

  • Be at least 18 years old and
  • Be overweight (Body Mass Index ≥25) and
  • NO previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes and
  • Have a blood test result in the pre-diabetes range within the past year or be previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes:
    • Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7%–6.4% or
    • Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or
    • Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL

*NOTE: Adults screened with the CDC Pre-diabetes Screening Test may also qualify for this service. If you would like to be a part of the Diabetes Prevention Program, please click on the Registration link >> to complete the Google Form or contact Dominque Simon by September 17. There is no cost to participants and great incentives will be given throughout class. There is little or no risk for participating and you will gain valuable knowledge that can improve your health as well as your loved one’s health.

If you have any questions about program eligibility, please contact Dominque Simon at 919-496-3344 or by email at

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Missing Taco Tuesday? 

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Make Your Own Mexican Inspired Feast at Home

Stay-at-home orders have changed our lives for the short-term, but they present us with a unique opportunity to find new and delicious ways to eat healthier from our own kitchen. In fact, while Americanized versions of Hispanic foods tend to be covered in heavy cheeses, sauces and gravies, authentic foods are typically lighter and healthier and feature fresh veggies and seasonings.

This week, retool your favorite Taco Tuesday outing into a Mexican-inspired, homemade feast for your family by viewing this Homegrown episode, featuring Dr. Carolyn Dunn from NC State’s Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences, as she makes her own special “healthy-ish” taco salad. Buen provecho!

Watch video >> Missing Your Taco Tuesday?

Hope 4 NC
Stressed, need to Talk?

The Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) is a statewide resource for North Carolinians experiencing stress and trauma from COVID-19 or natural disasters like Hurricane Isaias. People can call 24/7 to speak to a live person and get connected to additional mental health and resilience support.

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Back to School in the new Normal

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As students prepare to go back to school, they may find schools operating differently due to COVID-19. Some students may be continuing with online learning while others may be preparing for in-person learning in schools, which may require them to wear face cloth coverings, continue social distancing, and have their temperatures checked.
Despite having to prepare your kids for school in a new learning environment, it is always a good time to help them learn about preparing for an emergency. We encourage you to consider the following actions to prepare your kids for an emergency.
• Create an emergency plan with the whole family and practice it regularly.
• Build an emergency kit that includes essential items such as water, non-perishable food items, first aid supplies, prescription medicines, and other items that will ensure safety and comfort.
• Review your emergency communications plan and keep the information in a safe place like a backpack, wallet, or taped in a notebook.
• Teach your kids when and how to call important phone numbers, like 9-1-1, for help and how to send text messages in case of an emergency.
• Know the emergency plan for your child’s school and childcare facility, if open, and practice it with your child.
• Learn different ways to help children cope during and after an emergency.
Get your kids involved and keep them informed on how to be prepared for emergency and disaster situations. If something goes wrong, children can be prepared to act! If you’re looking for activities, information, or other tools to help you and your family prepare for disasters, check out our Resource Library.
For more information on Children and Youth preparedness, please visit the Ready Kids! website >>.

Leaving Your Child Home Alone

All parents eventually face the decision to leave their child home alone for the first time. Whether they are just running to the store for a few minutes or working during after-school hours, parents need to be sure their child has the skills and maturity to handle the situation safely. Being trusted to stay home alone can be a positive experience for a child who is mature and well prepared and can boost the child’s confidence and promote independence and responsibility. However, children face real risks when left unsupervised. Those risks, as well as a child’s comfort level and ability to deal with challenges, must be considered. This factsheet provides some tips to help parents and caregivers when making this important decision.

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Would you like to have your church community participate in the 9 lesson Faithful Families Virtual Program. Please contact Dominque Simon by August 27, 2020 via email: or phone: 919-496-3344 if you are interested in bringing this program to your faith community or if you have any questions.

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4 County Community Connections Fair

Join us this August to learn about available mental health resources and services for kids and families in Vance, Granville, Franklin, and Warren counties. This event is designed for children and families! Due to COVID-19, there have been some changes to ensure everyone’s health and safety. This event will be set up as a drive-thru style event.
When and Where:

Tuesday, August 18, 2 to 6 p.m.

Granville County

  • Granville Expo Center
  • 4185 US Highway 15 South
  • Oxford, NC 27565

Wednesday, August 19, 3 to 7 p.m.

Vance County

  • Vance Granville Community College Civic Center
  • 200 Community College Rd.
  • Henderson, NC 27537

Warren County

  • Warren County Armory Civic Center
  • 501 US Hwy 158 Bus E
  • Warrenton, NC 27589

Franklin County

  • Vance Granville Community College
  • Franklin Campus
  • 8100 NC-56
  • Louisburg, NC 27549
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Favorite Summertime Salad – Confetti Bean
confetti bean salad
  • 1 can (16-oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-oz) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (10-oz) low-sodium canned corn
  • ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 sweet red pepper (chopped)
  • 1 green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 orange pepper (chopped)
  • 2 fresh tomatoes on the vine (chopped)
  • 2 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 fresh avocado (chopped) – add close to the time of serving
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Drain and rinse the beans.
  • In a large bowl, combine the beans, corn, cilantro, peppers, tomatoes, green onion, and garlic.
  • In a small bowl, make the dressing by whisking the vinegar, oil, garlic and chili powder.
  • Pour dressing over bean mixture; toss to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Serve with a slotted spoon.
Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts (approximate)
Serving size – 2/3 cup: 200 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate, 7g fiber), 7g protein.

Written By

Dominque Simon, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDominque SimonArea Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences - Food- Safety, Health and Nutrition Call Dominque E-mail Dominque N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center
Posted on Aug 17, 2020
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