Staying healthy, eating right, being active, raising healthy families, enjoying life!
The Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) helps people meet these goals. Studies have shown that many of today’s chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and cancer can be prevented through lifestyles which include good nutrition and regular physical activity. Through research-based programming, FCHS can provide practical tips and advice to help people of all ages live healthier and happier lives!
Power outages and flooding can create unsafe conditions pertaining to food and drinking water. Here are some good resources from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help keep you safe:
For General Information about food storage at home, refer to this Cooperative Extension fact sheet:
THE GARDEN SPOT
Be Safe and Successful with Home Food Preservation!
Do you have a home garden that yields a ‘more than you can eat’ bounty of fresh summer vegetables? Do you love to buy extra seasonal produce from local farmer’s markets and farm stands, but are not sure what to do next to preserve them?
It is important to use the tested methods for home canning and food preservation to keep foods safe and to guarantee the best taste and quality of the finished products. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed reliable and safe methods for home food preservation, including canning, freezing, and drying foods. These methods are available online at the National Center for Home Food Preservation website at http://nchfp.uga.edu/ .
So check out these great resources and take the first step to preparing safe and delicious home preserved foods! Click here for more reliable resources on home food preservation.
FOOD, NUTRITION AND HEALTH PUBLICATIONS
PROGRAMS AVAILABLE FROM FCHS
FCHS provides educational programs for schools, work site groups, and community organizations. Most programs are offered free or at a nominal charge, and can be conducted at your facility or at our Route 31 location. All programs are dependent upon minimum enrollment.
For more information or to schedule a program, please call 908-788-1342.
CURRENT PROGRAMS AVAILABLE:
Nutrition, Health, and Wellness for People of All Ages:
- Label Reading for Better Health
- Steps to Stronger Bones with Good Nutrition
- Why Can’t I Lose Weight?: Understanding Energy Balance
- Eating for One: How to Eat Smarter When Eating Solo
- Healthy Eating for a Healthy Heart
- For More Information:
School and Child Wellness
- School and Community Garden-based Nutrition Education
- Preventing Childhood Obesity: Healthy Eating for Young Children
- The Modern Family’s Dilemma: How to Eat Healthy and Be More Active in a Supersized and Sedentary World
- School Wellness: What’s It All About?
- Nutrition Education in the Classroom
- For More Information:
- Eat Safely, Eat Well! How to Avoid Food-borne Illness
- Safe Food Preservation
Diabetes Prevention and Management
SPRING TIME PRODUCE
With the cold of winter behind us, it is a great time to bring some spring time sunshine into your cooking. Brighten up your meals with fresh spring produce such as arugula, asparagus, kale, lettuce, spinach, scallions, peas & turnips. These vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber and anti-oxidants that can help keep us healthy! Need something sweet? Treat yourself to some fresh jersey strawberries! Try some of these tasty and healthy recipes featuring NJ spring produce!
Check out these links for some delicious and healthy recipe suggestions:
CHECKOUT ALL OF OUR FEATURED RECIPES HERE.....
Also for additional more healthy recipes, visit the site of the American Institute for Cancer Research