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May 21, 2014 by Maryam Funmilayo I had the opportunity to take some women and children from the Islamic Association of Raleigh (IAR), on a farmer’s market tour on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Along with the group was Lindsey Schwartz, a graduate student in Public Health at Campbell University.   We are working on piloting a… Read more »

  Guest Writer: Debbie Stephenson NOTE: This was originally posted by Voices into Action: The Families, Food and Health Project Warmer weather and more daylight makes May a great month to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, as proclaimed by President Obama.  As part of the proclamation, the President said, “I call upon the people… Read more »

by Maryam Funmilayo When I was in college in Kansas, I  dreamed of knowing how to make lasagna from scratch.  However, time was always an issue!  I did not want to spend too much time in the kitchen cooking up a new meal. I wanted something healthy, delicious, and of course, less time-consuming. So, I… Read more »

  This was originally posted on the NC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program’s website. I know from the guidance on ChooseMyPlate.gov, we should aim to make at least half our plates fruits and vegetables. But when I hear that, I wonder how I can make that happen with my limited food budget. Fruits and… Read more »

  Note: This post was originally posted on the Voices into Action website. by Annie Hardison-Moody In each of the counties where Voices into Action: The Families, Food and Health Project works, organizations and county residents have talked about how important food pantries are to their communities.  Given the recent economic downturn, coupled with cuts to… Read more »

  Guest Writer: Debbie Stephenson With Easter around the corner (April 20th) my thoughts go to chocolate bunnies and brightly colored eggs.  I have happy memories of waking up on Easter morning and running downstairs to find a basket full of both.   I gobbled them up and never once thought about the sugar in the… Read more »

  Guest Writer: Maryam Funmilayo Have you ever wondered what ‘no carbs!’, ‘lite!’, ‘sugar-free!’ or gluten-free!’ meant during your grocery shopping? If so, you are not alone. Most of the packaged foods we buy have some of these labels and it is important to learn about what these labels actually mean.

  Guest Writer: Maryam Funmilayo I love to eat bread in different forms: whole, sliced, white, or wheat. However, I am always very particular about the ingredients, and try to buy whole wheat or whole grain bread when I can. When you find yourself thinking about  what kind of bread to buy, think of trying… Read more »

  Guest Writer: Maryam Funmilayo February is National Canned Food Month, so this is the perfect time to learn more about the benefits of canned foods!  With many Americans striving to stay healthy by eating smart, they are also looking for various ways to shop wisely by buying healthy and affordable foods.

  Guest Writer: Maryam Funmilayo When it comes to eating foods that boost heart health, avocados should definitely come to mind. Until recently, I preferred to use them for facials instead of eating them, because they often did not sit well with me when I consumed them alone. So, in order to boost my potassium… Read more »