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Healthy Food Tips for Family Meals and Wintertime Well-Being

table of healthy foodsUnion County, NJ – Union County residents who are looking to add variety, spice, and healthy ingredients to their home cooked meals can find guidance online from the experts, through the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County.

“Cooking at home is recommended as an effective strategy for improving health and well-being, and it is all the more important during the winter months when outdoor activities are limited,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We are proud to support the Extension in its efforts to provide the public with expert, fact-based research on healthy meals.”

Studies show that interest in home cooking and comfort foods has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Home cooks are also expanding their use of new products and different ingredients.

Online learning topics include:

  • The many benefits of squash, including Vitamin A, fiber, antioxidants and minerals (visit Health Tips at org/rce).
  • Food safety tips for pregnant women (visit Health Tips at org/rce).
  • Five ways to plan for family meals (visit Small Steps to Health and Wealth at or Family Meals at
  • How to choose foods that boost energy, and reduce stress (visit Small Steps to Health and Wealth at

Guidance for following a Mediterranean diet is also available at

A complete online edition of Small Steps to Health and Wealth is available at

To see new research on food trends for 2021 from Rutgers, visit

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County is supported in part by the Union County Board of Commissioners, with offices at the Union County complex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield. The Extension belongs to a statewide research and youth development program run in New Jersey by the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, as part of the national Cooperative Extension network of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more health tips and information on popular Rutgers Cooperative Extension programs for Union County residents, including Environmental Stewards, Master Gardeners, Master Tree Stewards, and 4-H youth activities, visit or call 908-654-9854.

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