FCS News – August 31, 2020

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Prevent T2 Virtual Program

National Diabetes Prevention logo

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 focus 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–1p.m. or 6–7 p.m.

To register, click on the following link:

Register online >>   and complete the Google Form.

Register by September 17, 2020.

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 prediabetes 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 Prediabetes Screening Test may also qualify for this service. If you would like to be a part of the Diabetes Prevention Program, please register online >>, and complete the Google Form or contact Dominque Simon by September 17th. 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 dominque_simon@ncsu.edu.

Where Are the Canning Jars? Is It 1975 All Over Again?

Written By Debbie Stroud

glass jars

Well, it appears we may be having the Great Canning Jar Lid Shortage of 2020. Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents in many parts of North Carolina are finding difficulties in getting their hands on canning jars and/or lids, or they have clients who are calling them to say they are having difficulty getting what they need to can food. Here is what I gathered after calling retailers, suppliers, and distributors in North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. I inquired whether they are seeing increased demand or suffering from decreased supply?


Planning A Nutritious School Lunch

Back to school season is here and it’s time to start thinking about school lunch. School lunches are designed to provide healthy food options for children. Whether your child enjoys school lunch or you decide to pack your child’s lunch instead, it is important they are provided a nutrient-packed meal that will fuel their bodies and brains. Below are tips on how to pack a nutritious lunch.

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Jassby is the mobile wallet for the family allowing parents to share money with their kids while teaching them about financial literacy. Parents can manage chores, allowances, and set savings goals with their kids and manage how they spend that money through the Jassby Mall and, coming soon, anywhere on or offline with the Jassby Virtual Debit Card.

Jassby’s mission is to help parents teach kids how to understand, manage, and learn about how to handle money by doing through the features of the Jassby App.

The Jassby Mobile App for iOS is a free download and registration that parents share with their kids so they can work on learning the basics of financial literacy together.

  • The Jassby Wallet: A free mobile wallet for parents and kids where they can easily share real money
  • Chores Management: An app that allows parents to schedule, approve and reward good behavior around the home
  • Allowance Management: An app enabling parents to schedule and pay allowance on a schedule or completion of a chore
  • Budget & Savings Goals: A feature allowing parents and kids to set goals or products. Helping kids to learn about how to save for objectives over time and even allow parents, coming soon, to set matching rules or parent contributed interest
  • Charity Donations: A feature allowing kids and parents to set aside money for over 20 popular charities teaching kids to give back
  • The Jassby Mall: Directly inside the Jassby App, is a safe e-commerce mall where kids can spend their hard-earned savings and allowance on thousands of unique and name brand products including Apple, Samsung, Gift Cards, and more.

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Safety at Home

Given circumstances across the country, there’s an added sense of urgency to sanitize and stop the spread of germs. But where to begin? We’ve compiled clips to help keep your home spick and span (and safe)!

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Recovering from a Hurricane: Frozen and Refrigerated Food

When the power goes out consider the following:

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature
  • Place a fridge thermometer in your refrigerated and freezer
  • Use a tip-sensitive digital thermometer to check temperatures of refrigerated and frozen foods
  • Have items that don’t require refrigeration and can be eaten at room temperature or heated on an outdoor grill

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