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Free Webinars Explore High-Impact Healthy Foods and Nuts, Too

Sara Elnakib Wellness Wednesday

Free “Wellness Wednesday” webinar series continues in July.

Union County, NJ – Nutrition and health experts from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension have been sharing their knowledge with the Union County community this summer through the “Wellness on Wednesday” free live webinars. The weekly series focuses on simple tips for improving diet and overall well-being while saving money.

“The Rutgers Cooperative Extension has continued to connect the public with fact based guidance for healthy living,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The new Wellness on Wednesday series is especially welcome at this time, as many families are coping with the economic impact of the outbreak.”

Wellness on Wednesday features experts from the Rutgers University Department of Family & Community Health Sciences.

The series takes place every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. until August 26. Each session last approximately 45 minutes. Participants will need a computer, tablet, or smart phone with speakers.

Two live webinars remain in July:

July 22 – Easy Changes, Make Healthy Eating a Habit: Easy Changes to your diet are possible by choosing nutritious foods from a variety of food categories.  Learn which ones will make the biggest impact on your health.  Hosted by Karen Ensle, EdD, RDN, FAND, CFCS, FCHS Educator, Union County (register at

July 29 – Let’s Go Nuts: There is so much we can do with nuts. Together let us find out how we can incorporate nuts in our meal plans. Are they fattening? Is it the good fat or the bad fat? Join this webinar to find out about easy ways to go “nuts.” Hosted by Shailja Mathur, M.S., M.Ed., RDN, FCHS Educator, Middlesex County register at

Topics coming up in August include reading nutrition labels, how to spot hidden sugars, eating healthy on a budget, and convenient ways to add more fruits and veggies to your diet. More details and registration links for these programs are available at

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension is dedicated to connecting the public with science based knowledge that can be applied to improve daily life. It is supported in part by the Freeholder Board through the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, with offices at the County Complex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.

Wellness on Wednesdays is part of the Extension’s efforts to continue serving the public.

For more Extension online programs, including environmental topics, yard and garden care, and 4-H clubs for youth, visit the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County online at

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including guidance for using the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University, visit

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at

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