FCS News – March 29, 2021

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Diabetes Alert Day

Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day event to encourage people to take a diabetes risk test. Type 2 diabetes is one of the most stressful chronic diseases a person can face, and its prevalence only continues to grow throughout the United States. It is estimated that 84 million people have prediabetes, and one in four adults with diabetes don’t know they are living with it. Preventing type 2 diabetes begins with awareness of the risk factors associated with developing the disease. That is why Diabetes Alert Day is a good day to take the diabetes risk test so that you can be aware if you are at risk of having diabetes. 

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Faithful Families – Presents “Rising Above”

So how are you doing? How have you been able to take care of yourself during this hard year? We at Faithful Families want to support you in caring for yourself. We are excited to announce a new seven-week online program focused on self-care, mindfulness, and compassion. During this FREE seven-week online program, you will receive a newsletter with a link to a weekly video and self-care practices from Dr. Portia Jackson Preston, a public health and wellness expert. Each week you’ll learn about why self-care is so important, how to prioritize self-care, and practices that you can incorporate into your daily life that can support your mental health and well-being.

The seven-week program will run from April 5–May 23. Adults ages 18 and up can sign up for the program for FREE. Once you sign up, we will add you to the private website with program materials, which will include videos and prompts for three 15 minute practices you can try each week.

For more information:  Faithful Families Thriving Communities website >>

Register online: Rising Above registration by April 1.

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Entertaining Easy-To-Do Games for Toddlers

Games are more fun when kids become involved in making the rules—and the equipment needed to play. Here are a few simple easy to do games for toddlers. 

Hole-in-One With tape, attach a piece of string to a ping pong ball at one end and a paper cup at the other. Then see how many times players can catch the ball in the cup. The string can be adjusted to make the game harder or easier. Different sizes of cups also add difficulty. 

Make-your-own Ring Toss Using large paper plates, cut out the center, leaving the outside piece as a ring for tossing. Kids can decide what games they want to play and what the rules are. Rings can be tossed at stationary objects (liter bottle) or a moving object (their own or someone else’s hand or foot.) The rings can be designed and personalized before the games using crayons or markers. Or rings can be assigned different numerical values for scoring.

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Home-Based Food Entrepreneur Virtual National Conference

Get started with your dream of owning your own home-based cottage food business or take your business to the next level. Join some of the leading cottage food operators, food activists, educators, and leaders in various organizations who are fighting for our freedom to earn, whether we’re selling decorated cookies, artisanal chocolates, small-batch jams and jellies, hand-formed loaves of bread, cocoa bombs or numerous other “non-hazardous” cottage food products. This conference is designed to offer practical, actionable ideas and information from some of the leaders of the cottage food movement and from successful cottage food entrepreneurs who are running successful, and profitable, businesses from their home kitchens.

We’re excited to offer the first-ever, national conference on cottage food and food freedom. To set the stage, there will be a keynote from the following acclaimed speakers:

This conference was intentionally designed to be as affordable and accessible to as many cottage food operators as possible. Therefore, the ticket cost is $20 per registrant. Tickets are processed through the Eventbrite website >>. Please do not wait to register, since attendance is limited. When we sell out, we’re out.

More information: Home-based Food Entrepreneur Virtual Conference website >>

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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 Mar 29, 2021
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