Food, nutrition, health

2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans 

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines focuses on the big picture with recommendations to help Americans make choices that add up to an overall healthy eating pattern. To build a healthy eating pattern, combine healthy choices from across all food groups—while paying attention to calorie limits, too. 2015-2020 dietary guidelines

Food label changes

The FDA published a new food label for packaged food on May 20, 2016. Manufacturers need to comply on or before July 26, 2018. Read important changes you will see and how the changes can help you make healthy food choices. Making sense of the new food label

Food Preservation

Program: The goal of this program is to provide participants with a solid foundation in home canning and preserving. Through hands-on classes participants learn how to make jellies/jams, pickled vegetables and salsas, and learn proper pressure and boiling-water canning processes. Classes can be offered as a one-time class focused on one of the techniques listed above or you can schedule a food preservation course made up of 5 distinct lessons. To schedule a food preservation class or course contact Emily Barbee.

Newsletter: Not that long ago, stovetop choices were limited to gas or exposed coil burners. Today, the simple cooktop has evolved into a state-of-the-art system. However, some of these new stovetops aren’t safe for canning. Also, some canner manufacturers say to not use their canners on certain cooktops. Learn more about stovetops used for canning in the newsletter Preserve it Fresh, Preserve it Safe.

Testing for dial-type pressure canner lids: Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges. To schedule an appointment to test your dial-type pressure canner contact Emily Barbee.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

An eight-session program that teaches basic strength training for middle-aged and older adults to improve health and quality of life. Exercise sessions improve strength and balance. Starter weights for in-class use are provided. More program info

Basic: simple, easy-to-learn starter exercises.

Advanced: builds on the fitness base acquired through the basic program with more complex exercises.