FCS News December 7, 2020

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This Holiday Season Help Friends & Family Avoid Scams
Red and white triangular road sign that says scam
When you talk with friends and family over the holidays, you may hear about new puppies, old sports rivalries, and dreams of the next vacation. As you join the conversation, why not share some ideas to protect the people you care about from scams? Read these tips from the Federal Trade Commission’s Pass it On campaign for ideas, and then tell people where to find them.

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Baking Food Safety
Baked goods should be prepared, baked and stored properly to prevent foodborne illness. Avoid eating foods containing raw flour or eggs, including pre-packaged items.
Safe Plates Baking Food Safety fact sheet

Don’t Wait, Start Your New Year’s Resolution Today
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
List of new year's resolutions
Resolutions should not be reserved solely for the New Year. You can make resolutions or goals >> at any time of the year. Why not start now, with a holiday season goal: to be the healthiest and best version of yourself during this busy time of the year!
Big things happen when we start with small changes in our everyday routines. Maybe it is the year that you devote time for self-care and mindfulness to reduce stress and avoid the tendency to overindulge with holiday foods.

Use these 3 simple steps to begin your holiday season with a goal for a healthier you.

  • Write down a few goals for yourself and place them in a location that will serve as a reminder, such as a bathroom mirror or computer screen.
  • Include why these goals are important to you. Be specific: include steps as to how, when, and where these goals can be achieved.
  • Give yourself a pep talk. Imagine what it would feel like to accomplish your goals. Stay positive and believe in yourself.
  • Bonus tip: Read this blog post about how to stick with your goals >>

Daily Challenge

Take an exercise break!
Spend 5-10 minutes doing an activity you enjoy.
Dance to your favorite songs, go on a brisk walk
or follow along to a YouTube exercise video.


Eloise S. Cofer Family Living Lecture Series: Cheetie KumarEloise S. Cofer Family Living Lecture Series: Cheetie Kumar flyer invitation with info and registration link

Join Cheetie Kumar, the chef and owner of Garland, a Raleigh, NC restaurant as she tells the story of how she blends the flavors of India and Asian with local ingredients. She will also share favorite recipes and cooking techniques.
Chef Kumar embraces the area’s culture of readily available renowned agriculture. Her cooking is filled with imagination and rebellion and is unassumingly delicious. It is an interpretation of local ingredients made through the eyes of someone who grew up in India, New York City and the south.
This event takes place virtually on December 10th, from 5-6 p.m.
Register: go.ncsu.edu/2020CoferForum


Are You At Risk For Pre-Diabetes?

Did you know that 1 out of 3 people has pre-diabetes? Diabetes is also an underlying medical condition that could put you at increased severe risk of COVID-19. Are you interested in the chance to be entered into a drawing for a Food Lion Gift Card? If the answer is yes, take a second to complete our pre-diabetes risk test >> . Make sure you share your contact information by choosing “yes” for more information about the program so you can be entered in the drawing and receive more information about our Diabetes Prevention Program.

Take the survey to be entered in the drawing for a Food Lion Gift Card.

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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 Dec 11, 2020
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