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 with $10 million or more in annual food sales need to comply on or before January 1, 2020; those with less than $10 million need to comply by January 1, 2021. Read important changes you will see and how the changes can help you make healthy food choices. Food Facts | New and Improved Nutrition Facts Label-Key Changes

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.

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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.