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Welcome to the FCHS monthly newsletter - an opportunity for us to celebrate our favorite seasonal and healthy recipes, upcoming workshops and classes, as well as any health and wellness news and resources we think are important for you and your family. For more information, visit our website.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
With the beautiful Fall season upon us and October just starting, we thought it this would be the perfect moment to share this delicious Healthy Pumpkin Muffin recipe. Made with seasonal pumpkin spices, vanilla, maple syrup, and pumpkin puree - the incredible scent of this baked goodie will leave your mouth watering for more! For the full recipe, click here.
ONLINE EVENTS
Live Cooking Classes Join Somerset County Family & Community Health Sciences every Tuesday and Friday on Facebook Live as we show you how to make delicious, healthy recipes for you and your family. All our classes are completely free and require no registration - check out our upcoming classes this month below!
Couldn't Catch Us Live? Check out our  YouTube Channel where we post all of our past Live videos!
Hispanic Heritage Month From September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month and Somerset County FCHS is celebrating with a limited, live cooking series of Latin American cuisine presented entirely in Spanish. We'll focus on recipes and ingredients that spotlight nutrition and health every Thursday at 3pm on Facebook Live.
Interested In Hispanic Heritage Month? Check out the history of Latin American and Caribbean Cuisine!
Wellness Wednesdays Covering a variety of topics related to food, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles - Wellness Wednesdays with FCHS brings the knowledge of experts from across New Jersey to provide free, online and educational webinars. You can learn more about the program and all upcoming classes by visiting their website.
OCTOBER
October is Emotional Wellness Month

How you feel on a day-to-day basis can drastically impact your ability to carry out activities, handle your relationships, and manage your overall mental health. Being aware of your emotional awareness can greatly help you handle life's stresses and adapt to change and difficult times.

Learning key strategies to improving your emotional health can help alleviate burdens in your life that might be weighing on you. Below are just a few strategies you can use in your own life.
  • Brighten Your Outlook
    Be sure to forgive yourself and remember to give yourself credit when you've done something good. Spending more time with friends and developing healthy physical habits can help as well.
     
  • Reduce Stress
    Getting plenty of sleep is a great first step to reducing stress. Building a social support network as well as taking time for relaxation can help as well.
     
  • Cope with Loss
    Take some time before making big changes in your life related to the loss of someone you loved. It's also important to be patient as mourning takes time and don't ever be afraid to look for support in close friends and family.
     
  • Be Mindful
    Take some deep breaths to help slow yourself down. Peaceful walks while noticing the soft sounds of trees, wind, and birds around you can help too. It can also help to find local support in groups such as yoga or meditation classes.
No matter how you choose to manage your emotional wellness, remember that making positive changes in your life, no matter how small, can lead to greater rewards when it comes to your mental, physical, and emotional health.

To learn more about emotional wellness, head over to the National Institutes of Health website for even more tips and strategies to managing your emotional health.
OUTREACH PRIORITIES
Between home, school, and work, we offer a wide variety of programs, workshops, and resources to help guide you through the maze of health and wellness. Interested in finding out more? Head over to our Rutgers Cooperative Extension website for more information.
Ranging from healthy recipes, tips for feeding your family, and positive ideas for your overall wellness, our food and nutrition focused classes and community workshops help provide the information you need for positive change. Click here to learn more.
Work with schools, early care centers, and after care programs, we aim to create healthier learning environments for students, teachers, and staff through classroom programs, professional development, and support. Click here to learn more.
Our workshops, seminars, tool-kits, and newsletters provide businesses of all sizes a simple and affordable way to empower their employees with the skills and knowledge they need to make healthier decisions in their life. Click here to learn more.
VISIONS NEWSLETTER
Don't forget to read about all the latest in nutrition, physical activity, and health in the peer-reviewed Visions publication. To find the latest edition or to view all past editions, click here.
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To learn more about Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County, as well as Family & Community Health Sciences, visit us online at https://somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu/fchs/.

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310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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