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Learn How “Choose My Plate” Helps Prevent Disease, Save Money

Union County, NJ – Choose My Plate is a simple but effective chart that puts the focus on good-tasting, low-cost foods that lead to better health. You can learn how to use it at a class offered by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County taught by Karen M. Ensle, EdD, RD, FADA, CFCS. Ensle is an award winning educator at Rutgers University and head of the Union County Extension.

The Choose My Plate class is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Extension offices in the Union County services building in Westfield at 300 North Avenue East. A $5.00 fee includes tastings and all materials. Pre-registration is required by contacting Digna Torres at the Extension, or 908-654-9854.

“Everyone knows that a good diet helps to prevent serious diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes, and it can also help lower your grocery bills, too,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Deborah Scanlon. “Choose My Plate helps you save money while improving your health.”

Choose My Plate is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Get Moving” program supported by First Lady Michelle Obama.  The Union County Extension is one of 3,000 county-based Extension offices nationwide that work with the Department of Agriculture to ensure that the public has access to reliable information on nutrition and health.

To learn about Choose My Plate online visit More information about all Union County programs and services is available at

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