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February makes us think of the color red – red hearts for Valentine’s Day and National Wear Red Day. National Wear Red Day is this Friday, February 4th and the American Heart Association wants you to wear red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. Chances are that you know someone who has been directly affected by heart disease and stroke because cardiovascular disease claims the lives of 1 in 3 women, which is about one woman every 80 seconds. Heart disease is largely preventable. Here’s what you can do now to reduce your risk: (1) don’t smoke or quit smoking; (2) eat heart healthy foods such as making half of your plate fruits and vegetables; (3) Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 days a week; and (4) ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose.

Our next in-person Lunch N’ Learn will be at the Person County Office Building on Tuesday, February 8th at 12:00 p.m. where we will be learning how to prevent falls. It costs $5 to attend and must be paid by this Friday. A lot of good information, handouts and lunch will be provided. Or you can join us virtually for the same Fall Prevention workshop on Tuesday, February 22nd at 12:00 p.m. for free. Register online at go.ncsu.edu/fcsregistration.

February is also National Sweetpotato month so here is a quick and easy recipe from NC SweetPotato Commission. For more information, follow us on a variety of social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube @persongranvillefcs

Sweetpotato Breakfast Bake  – serves 12

1 cup sweet potatoes

½ cup turkey sausage crumbles (or cooked turkey bacon)

¼ cup green onions, sliced

½ cup bell pepper, diced

½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded

9 eggs, beaten

½ tsp black pepper

Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Evenly spread sweet potatoes, sausage/bacon, green onions, and bell peppers into the dish. Pour eggs carefully into the baking dish. Sprinkle shredded cheese and black pepper on top of eggs. Bake dish for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Slice into 12 even pieces and serve hot.

Nutrition Information: 94 calories, 6g fat, 141mg sodium, 133mg potassium, 7g protein