Family and Consumer Science News October 26, 2020

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Separating Trick-or-Treat Myths from Facts

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Most years on Halloween, children need only to fear a loud “Boo” from costumed ghosts and goblins. But in 2020, with COVID-19 an ever-present worry, parents and children may have real-life concerns about trick-or-treating. The biggest question: Is it still safe? Trick or Treat  Myths and Facts information >>

Preserving Pumpkins

It wouldn’t be fall without pumpkins. Some types are for decorating, while others are for eating. Preserving pumpkin is a great way to enjoy this seasonal treat all year long.

Pumpkin fact sheet

Pumpkin fact sheet >>

National Pumpkin Day

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October 26 is National Pumpkin Day. Pumpkins can be added to many baked goods. It adds nutrients like Vitamin A by the boatload. Stir it into your pancakes, muffins or waffles– about ½ cup for 1/3 cup milk.

Here’s a tasty Pumpkin Party Muffins recipe >>

5 Tips for Building Your Emergency Fund During the Pandemic

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Starting an emergency fund may not sound like the most exciting thing, but it’s something that everyone should make a priority. Emergencies are usually unexpected, which is why preparing for one before it happens is a smart move.

5 tips to help you build your emergency fund >>

Getting Ahead of Holiday Meal Costs

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Fall is here and the holiday season is quickly approaching. Whether you’re planning a meal for one or ten, it’s never too early to start preparing. Planning your menu in advance allows you the opportunity to spend smarter. Strictly sticking to your menu items and buying in advance over the course of several grocery trips will seem like less of an impact on your monthly food budget.

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Maintain, Don’t Gain This Holiday Season

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This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey. Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds.You are invited to join the 14th annual Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides you with strategies and resources to help maintain your weight throughout the holiday season.

Last year, more than 40,600 people from around the world participated. Now it’s time for the 2020 Holiday Challenge!

The 2020 Holiday Challenge:

November 16 – December 31

Registration does not close and you may sign-up at any time.

Holiday Challenge Registration

For more information >>

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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
Updated on Oct 26, 2020
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