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Eating a healthy diet and exercising often can help control or delay health issues associated with aging, like high blood pressure and diabetes. Set short-term goals to achieve and maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine. Make these five tips a priority every day: Try to be physically active for at least 30 minutes on most or all days of the week; eat plenty of fruits and vegetables; choose foods that are low in added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium; pick whole grains and lean sources of protein and dairy products; and practice all four types of exercise—endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.

Our monthly Lunch N’ Learn workshop will focus on these tips from the National Institute of Aging and participants will learn how to make choices for a healthier tomorrow. We will be hosting our in-person workshop on Wednesday, January 17th at 12:00 p.m. at the Person County Office Building. It is $5 to attend and is due to the Extension Office by Friday, January 12. Also, check us out online for our virtual workshops.

Below is a delicious, hearty soup recipe from For more information on our Food for Thought programs, activities and recipes, check us out online.

Cheese and Corn Chowder – serves 6


2 cups potatoes (sliced)

1 cup carrot (sliced)

1 cup celery (chopped)

½ cup onion (chopped)

¼ tsp black pepper

1 can (14.75oz) cream-style corn, low-sodium

1 ½ cups milk, non-fat

½ cup cheddar cheese (shredded)

Combine potatoes, carrots, celery, onion and seasonings in pan. Add 1 cup water. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add corn and pepper. Cook 5 more minutes or until vegetables are cooked. Add milk and cheese. Stir until cheese melts and chowder is heated through. Do not boil. Serve hot.