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Healthy Eating Tips for Family Meals and Winter Wellness – County of Union, New Jersey

Union County, NJ – Residents of Union County looking to add variety, spices and healthy ingredients to their home-cooked meals can find advice online from experts, through the extension of the Union County Rutgers Co-op.

“Cooking at home is recommended as an effective strategy to improve health and well-being, and this is all the more important during the winter months when outdoor activities are limited,” said the president. from the Council of Commissioners, Alexander Mirabella. “We are proud to support The Extension in its efforts to provide the public with expert and evidence-based research on healthy meals. “

Studies show that interest in home cooking and comfort foods has exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Home cooks are also expanding their use of new products and different ingredients.

Online learning topics include:

  • The many benefits of squash, including vitamin A, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals (see Health Tips on org / rce).
  • Food Safety Tips for Pregnant Women (see Health Tips on org / rce).
  • Five ways to plan family meals (see Baby Steps to Health and Wealth in or family meal at
  • How to choose foods that boost energy and reduce stress (see Small Steps to Health and Wealth at

Tips for following a Mediterranean diet are also available at

A full online edition of Small Steps to Health and Wealth is available at

To see the new research on food trends for 2021 from Rutgers, visit

The Union County Rutgers Co-operative expansion is supported in part by the Union County Council of Commissioners, with offices in the Union County complex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield. The extension is part of a statewide youth research and development program led in New Jersey by the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, as part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Cooperative Extension Network.

For more health advice and information on popular Rutgers cooperative extension programs for Union County residents, including environmental stewards, master gardeners, master tree stewards and activities for 4-H youth, visit or call 908-654-9854.

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For all Union County programs and services, visit, call the public information line, 877-424-1234, email [email protected], or use the online contact form.

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