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Question #2: Will a Change Do You Good?
As we start off the new year, everyone is looking to make changes in their lives. Typically, we set rather lofty and vague goals about weight loss and eating healthy. To make the commitment more real, however, I propose a smaller change. Making a healthier shift in your diet one food group at a time. This is a small change that could have a large effect on your overall health.

My suggestion is to trade out your unhealthy saturated fats for healthier unsaturated fats. These would include using olive, canola, or vegetable oils for cooking. These oils are high in monounsaturated fats, which help to lower your LDL or bad cholesterol and increase your HDL or good cholesterol. Try avoiding fats that are solid at room temperature and those that come from an animal or are an animal bi-product. This includes whole fat milk, cheese, butter, and egg yolks, as well as beef and pork fat. 
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4-H Youth Development

The 2017 Northeast District 4-H Teen Retreat will be held March 17-19 in Wake County, NC. Youth ages 13 -18 are invited to attend this fun and dynamic event focused on team building, leadership and community service.  Register by February 3rd.

The Currituck County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are currently accepting applications for individuals to become volunteers. Those with a strong interest in both gardening and their community are encouraged to apply. Classes start February 7th.
Family & Consumer Sciences

February 3rd is the day we "Go Red for Women's Heart Health"!  Plan to attend the Currituck Heart Walk on Friday, February 3rd for healthy cooking demos, physical activity challenges, and heart health information from 11am - 2pm at the Currituck County Cooperative Extension Center