Eight teens and tweens wandered beneath and between the branches of blueberry bushes under a sweltering July sun in Moore County’s Cameron community. Some mentioned the careers they’d like to pursue when they grow up: One said a hockey player. Another, an auto mechanic. And yet another, a veterinarian.
Whatever careers they ultimately choose, all of the 4-H’ers were gaining skills that will help prepare them. They were learning what it means to work hard, develop a business plan, put it into action and move on to new strategies when things don’t work out as planned.
New research from N.C. State suggests that not getting enough calcium in the earliest days of life could have a more profound, lifelong impact on bone health and perhaps even obesity.
More than 65 percent of all N.C. adults are overweight, and our state ranks fifth worst in the country for childhood obesity. Cooperative Extension is out to change these statistics through its Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program. The 15-week program helps people plan, track and live healthier lifestyles. A team of experts with Extension and the N.C. Division of Public Health developed the program.
Senior biochemistry and nutrition sciences student Natalie Cooke took part in a PACKed Kitchen, a service learning project in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “We collaborate with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, and they’ve been providing Share Our Strengths Operation Frontline cooking classes for a couple of years here in the area,” she says.
Senior food science student Ellen Orabone’s career goal: to end world hunger. Study abroad experiences have taken her to farflung places and given her experience working on food- and hunger-related issues.