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Eat Smart, Move More,
Weigh Less Program

If you have resolved to eat better and exercise more for the New Year and need help staying motivated, then the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less Program is just what you need.  Wilkes County Cooperative Extension and Health Department are offering this 15-week program beginning August 14 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Express YMCA. The Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less Program was created to help people learn about strategies that have proven to work for weight loss.  Over the 15 weeks, participants learn to pay attention to what they are eating and be mindful of how much activity they get each day.  To help develop these healthy habits, they receive a journal to record progress and a full color magazine with tips to help them along the way.  And, as an extra bonus, the YMCA will be offering participants free temporary membership for the duration of the program. “Most people think they need a prescriptive weight loss program,” says Sheree Vodicka, RD, LDN with the NC Division of Public Health. “With that type of program, most people gain the weight back over time. Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less helps people develop lifelong healthy habits that will help people to not just lose the weight, but to maintain their new healthier weight.” To register for the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less Program please contact Wilkes Cooperative Extension at 336-651-7330.  There is a $30 enrollment fee that covers the cost of class materials, the journal and magazine, and a healthy snack. Space is limited so register soon.  Registration fee is due two weeks prior to start of program.

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Materials Available for Loan

“So Easy To Preserve” Food Preservation Materials  Home food preservation is becoming more popular as families are growing more of their own food and trying to eat healthier as well as save on food costs. The Wilkes County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension Service has available for loan the “So Easy to Preserve” book and DVD that provide in-depth instruction on proper food preservation techniques.  Material(s) may be checked out with a deposit check for the cost of the materials.  The deposit is returned when the borrowed materials are returned.  Cost of the book is $18 and cost of the DVD is $40.  There are a limited number of copies of each available for loan.  These materials contain the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations for safe food preservation. So Easy To Preserve is now a 375-page book with over 185 tested recipes, along with step by step instructions and in-depth information for both the new and experienced food preserver. Chapters include Preserving Food, Canning, Pickled Products, Jellied Fruit Products, Freezing and Drying. This 5th edition has 35 new tested recipes and processes, in addition to a new section with recommended procedures for home canned salsas. The “So Easy to Preserve” video series is eight shows (20 to 35 minutes each) which provide a discussion of preservation principles and how-to demonstrations of methods.  (The book is not contained on the DVDs.) Features include home canning of tomatoes, vegetables and fruits; freezing fruits and vegetables; drying fruits and vegetables; pickling; making jams and jellies; and, a show devoted to the canned specialties of hot chile salsa, mango chutney and spicy jicama relish. The methods demonstrated continue our tradition of teaching USDA-recommended practices for food safety as well as high quality finished products.  This series was produced with the assistance of CSREES-USDA under the National Center for Home Food Processing and Preservation project. Contact our office at 336.651.7330 for information regarding the loan of these food preservation materials.

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Wilkes County 4-H

Wilkes County 4-H offers monthly special interest programs, community clubs, and after school programs at eight community schools.For more information please contact the Wilkes County 4-H Office at 336-651-7331

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Food Preservation
Classes Offered

More people are now growing their own produce or buying from local growers and may decide to can, freeze or dry some of their garden bounty for use later in the year. While some home food preservation techniques are more difficult than others, it is extremely important to know how to preserve food safely.  Judy West, Extension Agent with NC Cooperative Extension in Wilkes County, is conducting two classes to review basic principles of home food preservation and food safety. June 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.     Canning Fruits and Vegetables June 11, 5:30– 7:30 p.m.  Jams & Jellies and Freezing  & Drying Fruits & Vegetables If you would like to learn more about safely preserving food, please register for these classes by calling the Wilkes County Cooperative Extension Center at 336-651-7330.  There is a $6 fee to cover supplies and materials. Registration is required.  Call soon because spaces are limited.

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