FCS News March 1, 2021

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March is Extension Living Well Month

Saying YES is the ultimate commitment. It means agreeing and acknowledging that your health is important. When you say YES to your health, you make wellness a priority in your conscious thoughts and daily actions, which turn into healthy habits!

Choosing healthier goals makes creating positive & lasting changes easier. So, when it comes to our health, let’s all get in the habit of saying: “YES… and… what else can I do to feel better?

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America Saves $$$

The easiest way to save? Automatically! It doesn’t matter how much or what you’re saving for, when you make the smart decision to have a portion of your income automatically deposited into a savings account, you have increased your chance for success. Set up automatic transfers through your employer or financial institution to work toward your savings goals.

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Pandemic EBT Information-2020-2021 School Year

The state of North Carolina will continue to provide additional benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). This program helps families purchase food for children whose access to free and reduced-price meals at school has been impacted by virtual learning for school year 20-21 due to COVID-19. Families do not need to apply for P-EBT. A school-aged child is eligible for the P-EBT program if their school is eligible to provide free or reduced-priced meals at school this year.

Households that are eligible, or continue to be eligible, to receive P-EBT benefits will receive those benefits on their P-EBT card. The state will begin to issue benefits for the months of August to December 2020 in February 2021 for those who already have an EBT card (P-EBT or FNS). Those who do not have the P-EBT card and are eligible during these months should anticipate receiving their cards in February or March 2021.

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Interested in Eating the Mediterranean Way?

Med Instead of Meds is a series of Informational/Cooking Classes, led by Family & Consumer Science Agents of Franklin, Nash, and Northampton County. Med Instead of Meds is a six-week program that will meet virtually via Zoom once a week from noon–1 p.m. beginning March 3 and ending on April 7, 2021. Explore 7 simple steps to eating the Med way every day by making easy changes to the foods you eat. 1. Change Your Protein 2. Swap Your Fats 3. Eat More Vegetables 4. Eat More Fruit 5. Snack on Nuts and Seeds 6. Make Your Grains Whole 7. Rethink Your Sweets.

Six once-a-week classes will take place on March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7, 2021. Time: Noon–1 p.m.

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