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Around the Home: Food talk series to help with nutritional choices
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Parents looking for healthy snack ideas and tips are welcome to attend our upcoming free Food Talk sessions.

The free nutrition sessions start in October at the University of Georgia Hall County Extension Office. We will sample a variety of recipes such as “Curly Noodles Supreme,” “Fiesta Quesadillas,” “Peach Crumble” and “Chicken Confetti Salad.” Plus, we’ll cover topics such as taking the stress out of mealtime, keeping food safe and knowing what to look for on food labels.

It’s open to parents of all ages including grandparents and relatives who care for children.

By the way, here are some comments from recent program graduates:

“It has changed the way I cook at home and the foods that I feed my children.”

“(It) gave me good suggestions for quick and easy meals.”

“I’m more aware of my food choices and I’ve lost a little weight. Please continue this program!”

Participants who complete the lesson series will receive the “Food Talk: Meals in Minutes” cookbook and a certificate.

So, grab your calendar or datebook, pick a day and then a time to start your Food Talk sessions.

The Thursday lesson series begins Oct. 10 and continues on Oct. 17, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7. The two time slots available are 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.

The Friday lesson series will be Oct. 11, 18 and Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. Available time slots are 10-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Food Talk is part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

Adults who attend learn to:

* Plan low-cost, nutritious meals.

* Prepare quick and healthy meals and snacks.

* Shop for the best food buys.

* Keep foods safe to eat.

* Eat right and light to control sugar, salt, fat and calories

The office is on 734 E. Crescent Drive off of Jesse Jewell Parkway on the hill behind the Hall County Farmers’ Market.

If you’re wondering whether or not Food Talk is worth your time, consider this: Of the 2012 graduates, 97.7 percent improved their diets and consumed additional fruits and vegetables and calcium-rich foods, UGA Extension reports show.

For more information, call me at 770-535-8290 or email at

Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA Cooperative Extension office in Hall County. She may be contacted at 770-535-8290. Her column appears biweekly on Wednesdays and on


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