Savannah Valley District

Homemaker’s Column: Organic Labeling of Food

Christine J. Patrick, County Extension Agent – EFNEP It seems like there are foods with organic labels on almost every aisle of the grocery store. And not only are organic labels abundant, but they vary from food to food. If you are wondering exactly what these labels mean, the following information will help you make […]

Homemaker’s Column: Food Safety For Mothers and Babies

Christine J. Patrick, County Extension Agent – EFNEP Expectant mothers and those preparing food should be incredibly diligent when following safe food handling recommendations. Any illness a pregnant woman contracts can affect her unborn child, whose immune system is too immature to fight back.  Food Safety Tips: Never eat raw meat- such as steak tartare […]

Homemaker’s Column: Well Stocked Pantry Makes Meals Easier

Christine J. Patrick, County Extension Agent – EFNEP It’s been a long day at work. You’re tired. You’re ready to sink into the sofa with something cold and refreshing when someone asks: “What’s for supper?” Or, if you’re from north of the Mason-Dixon line, “What’s for dinner?” While you may not want to think about […]

Homemaker’s Column: Slow Cooker Food Safety

Christine J. Patrick, County Extension Agent – EFNEP A hot savory meal is good at the end of a workday. It is an excellent time to use your slow cooker for a quick meal after work. There are countless recipes for perfect slow-cooked meals, but safety should be the top priority. So, before you get […]

Homemaker’s Column: Food Safety During A Power Outage

Christine J. Patrick, County Extension Agent – EFNEP Storms and heavy winds can arise and create perfect conditions for power outages. Losing power is a hassle, and one of the things we need to consider immediately is the safety of stored food.  One of the fundamentals of food safety is temperature. For many perishable foods, […]

Homemaker’s Column: Have A Heart Healthy Month

Christine J. Patrick, County Extension Agent – EFNEP During February, we observe American Heart Month. Do your heart a favor by exercising regularly and eating healthful foods, including plenty of deep red and bright pink fruits and vegetables every day. The “red” color group of fruits and vegetables is rich in many health-promoting and disease-fighting […]

Homemaker’s Column: Healthful Snacks for Everyday and Super Bowl Sunday

Christine Patrick, County Extension Agent – EFNEP Are you one of the millions of Americans who made a New Year’s resolution to adopt a healthier lifestyle and lose weight? Then you must develop a game plan for snacking on Super Bowl Sunday. This event, which takes place on February 13, is one of the worst […]

Getting Teenagers to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

"Teen Cuisine"

Christine Patrick, Senior Agent – EFNEP Teenagers often have an adverse reaction to being asked to eat fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that giving children choices can increase their fruit and veggie intake by 15.6%! You can provide options by letting children prepare their fruits and vegetables. To keep meals and snacks interesting for […]

Homemaker’s Column: Are You A Breakfast Skipper?

Christine Patrick, County Extension Agent- EFNEP Although breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it is often missed. Skipping breakfast causes irritability, sluggishness, slow thinking, and inefficiency by mid-morning. For quick energy, you may crave snacks like candy or a cookie. Usually, the nutrients missed by skipping breakfast aren’t “made up” at other […]

Welcome Patti Chapman

Patti Chapman, Nutrition Educator, and EFNEP Agent Beaufort County Patti Chapman joined the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) team in Beaufort County. Previously, Patti was an elementary school teacher.  She taught grades third through sixth.  Patti also taught online English courses to students in China.  She has always loved teaching and is super […]