Family and Consumer Science News Nov. 9, 2020

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November – National Gratitude Month
A sign saying "There's always something to be thankful for."
November is National Gratitude Month. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.

HOPE Program

The Housing Opportunity and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program is a new statewide initiative that provides rent and utility assistance to eligible low-and moderate-income renters experiencing financial hardship due to the economic effects of COVID-19. The new program will help prevent evictions and utility disconnections in order to promote housing stability during the ongoing pandemic. HOPE is an initiative of the NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency, a division of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

HOPE Factsheet page 1HOPE Factsheet page 2

HOPE Factsheets >>


Getting Ahead of Holiday Meal Costs Part II-Freezer and Shelf-Stable Items

Now that the spices are taken care of, we can discuss freezable or shelf-stable items. Pull out your previous menu list. If the meals are still as planned as listed, this next step will be similar to the first. If not, start your meal list over. Summary of Part I-Spices >>
With a different color highlighter or pen, go through your meal ingredient list and mark all the freezable and shelf-stable items.
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Bake for Good-Sharing the Love and the Loaf
fresh loaf of bread

Baking and sharing is your chance to make a difference in someone’s life — one loaf, one cookie, one muffin at a time. Click here for Step by step instructions >> for making whole grain bread


Turkey Talk
Turkey Talk flyer by Safeplates

Preparing For Thanksgiving.
Preparing for Thanksgiving flyer by Safeplates

5 Tips to Stay Motivated For Exercising at Home
exercise balls and weights in a home setting
Exercising at home has been a struggle during COVID especially amidst gym closures, and now that the fall season has arrived and we are in daylight savings time, it may be even harder to find the motivation you need to exercise. Click here for 5 tips to stay motivated while exercising at home.

Tips to stay motivated exercising at home >>


Maintain, Don’t Gain This Holiday Season
Eat Smart, Move More... Maintain Don't Gain Holiday Challenge logo
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.