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Each year, around the world, millions of people make resolutions as they step into a New Year. These generally revolve around improving health, financial management, career goals, personal interests, etc. According to a Finder survey, close to 189 million adult Americans (74% of the population) made a New Year’s resolution for 2021. The not-so-good news is that a vast majority of these New Year’s resolutions will fail and only a very small percentage of individuals will actually achieve the goals… Continue reading »

How do you follow up with what I think is a top 10 cookbook of all time, Deep Run Roots? If you are Vivian Howard, you go a totally different direction and write another stellar volume, This Will Make It Taste Good. Deep Run Roots is full of food stories and wonderful writing. This also holds true for This Will Make it Taste Good. Howard is an outstanding writer so it was good to see her write another text heavy… Continue reading »

Podcasts are all the rage these days, offering content in nearly as many genres as TV does. I am a huge fan of podcasts. They are a great way to keep your mind engaged  and learn something new. I am a podcast multitasker – I listen while I exercise, go for walks, clean my house, and cook dinner. I even sometimes put on a podcast while I get ready in the morning.  If you are looking to start listening to… Continue reading »

The holiday season is often exciting and joyful, but it can also bring extra stressors into your daily life. With more, holiday cooking, gift shopping, social-distance socializing, and 2020 in general, it can become easy to get caught up in the stress and forget to take time for yourself.  Even on the busiest of days, it is important to take a step back and give yourself a little bit of time to relax and destress. Make sure you are finding… Continue reading »

This is the last blog in our series reviewing health and wellness apps. Check out my previous blog on nutrition apps for more suggestions. This blog will focus on apps that will help you to live mindfully through meditation, good habits, and better sleep. Headspace Personally, I am a huge fan of the guided meditations on Headspace. The free version offers one set of basic meditations, plus sleep wind-down tracks, sleep sounds, and sleep podcasts. One set of meditations may… Continue reading »

Following a mindful breathing technique is one of the simplest ways to calm the mind and body and refocus in times of stress. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to focus on your breath by following these steps: Become aware of your posture. Sit or stand up straight so you are alert, but not tense. You may wish to close your eyes. Breathe in through your nose. Pay attention to where you feel your breath. Do you feel… Continue reading »

We are highlighting some of the best smartphone apps for health and wellness. Below are top nutrition apps to help you keep track and make good food choices. Shopwell: Better Food Choices Shopwell is a food label reading guide that you can carry right in your pocket. The app asks you what your diet and health concerns are, what ingredients you may want to avoid in your food, and any dietary elements that you are hoping to get more of… Continue reading »

The Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences is pleased to present our 2020 Eloise S. Cofer Lecture. This year we are fortunate to have Chef Cheetie Kumar. Chef Kumar is a James Beard Best Chef Southeast Finalist and owner of Garland restaurant in Raleigh. She will share with us two dishes that showcase southern ingredients with bold Asian flavors. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from Cheetie new techniques to introduce new flavors into your healthy diet.… Continue reading »

Both the amount and types of food we consume contribute to whether our way of eating is healthy. Check out this great handout from our colleagues at NC EFNEP with tips for how to smart-size your portions. A portion is what you serve yourself or what a restaurant gives you–you can also think of this as a “helping.” The reality is that a portion is sometimes larger than it should be. Use your hand as a guide to estimate a… Continue reading »

Not being able to spend time with friends and family can be difficult. Fortunately, these days there are a number of great ways to connect virtually. One of my favorites is a virtual game night. I used to love having game nights with my friends. Now that social distancing is the new normal, we still have game night, but on the computer.  There are a lot of free websites that have converted classic board games into online play. Schedule a… Continue reading »