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County Experts Offer Programs for Healthy Living, Gardening, Community Volunteering and More

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Schools, businesses and non-profit agencies are invited to contact the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County to book informational programs on nutrition and other health topics for students and adults. The programs are offered as part of the Extension’s spring programming schedule, County Visions Spring 2016.

“The Extension offers a full slate of programming and expert guidance for household and community health, whether you are interested in growing a successful garden, improving your family’s nutrition, volunteering in the community or helping to create a healthier environment in our neighborhoods,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

In 2016 the Extension is offering four informational programs, for a nominal fee, to schools and other groups:

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Forget Fad Diets: Just Learn to Eat Heart Healthy. Learn to trade high-fat/high calorie foods for healthier options.

Family Meals Anytime, Anyplace. The class includes practical tips for making family meals happen along with some simple meal ideas you can start using today.

MyPlate Makeovers. This class compares your daily intake to the recommendations of researchers and USDA and is a great class for parents, teachers, and community groups.

Lead Poisoning Prevention & Nutrition. Learn the causes and complications of lead poisoning for children and families and how regular meals and good nutrition may help lower lead absorption.

The Extension is also offering a “green infrastructure” program for residents and municipal agencies. Participants will learn how to reduce runoff by design and constructing rain gardens. The program will include tours of existing rain gardens, permeable pavements and other types of green infrastructure.

In addition, County Visions Spring 2016 provides information on the popular Master Gardeners and Master Tree Stewards volunteer programs, opportunities to lead a 4-H youth club, where to call for gardening help including soil tests and insect identification, details for the annual Master Gardeners garden fair and plant sale fundraiser, and more.

The County Visions Spring 2016 brochure can be viewed online at the County website at ucnj.org/rce, or call the Extension office in Westfield for more information, 908-654-9854.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County is a program of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Supported in part by the Freeholder Board, the Extension belongs to a national network organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to foster youth development and community health. For more information other Union County Extension programs including 4-H, Master Gardeners and Master Tree Stewards, visit ucnj.org/rce.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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