Food for Thought: Healthy Homes

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June is Healthy Homes Month and the Granville County office just held a Lunch N’ Learn workshop on how to have a healthy home. One of the issues that we get called about is mold. Individuals who have a mold problem actually have a moisture problem. So the first principle to a healthy home is to keep it dry by preventing water from entering the home. Other common problems are pest issues. Pests want food, water and shelter so make sure they can’t get in either. And you can also prevent pests by keeping your house clean of food, as well as dust and other contaminants that could aggravate breathing issues. Homeowners with young children should pay extra attention to keeping their home safe, storing chemicals out of reach along with other harmful objects. And throughout it all, we recommend that you keep your home maintained. This means inspecting it and make repairs routinely before the minor issues become larger, more expensive ones. For more information on similar topics, check out the US Department of Housing & Urban Development website. If you missed the recent “Healthy Homes” workshop and would like more information or to review the recording, email Jennifer.brown@ncsu.edu.

Here is a recipe from NC State Extension at NC Steps to Health or for more information, follow us on a variety of social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube @persongranvillefcs

Easy French Toast

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup skim or low-fat milk
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon or nutmeg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 8 slices of whole-wheat bread
  • 1 Tbsp oil or non-stick cooking spray

Directions

In a large bowl, beat eggs with fork and add milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat together until well mixed. Coat a large skillet with non-stick spray or oil and set to medium-high heat. Dip one slice of bread at a time into the egg mixture to coat both sides evenly. Place soaked slice in hot skillet. Brown each side for about 2 minutes or more. Remove from heat and enjoy.