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Today, 60% of adults have one or more diet-related chronic disease. About 74% of adults are overweight or obese. Yet, we are not following a healthy dietary pattern. Healthy eating is important at every life stage. For the first time, the ​Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025​ provides recommendations for each life stage, from birth through older adulthood. Nutrient needs vary over the lifespan and each life stage has unique implications for food and beverage choices and disease risk. So, how can you make every bite count. Try to find food and beverages that align with the dietary guidelines. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 provides advice on what to eat and drink to meet nutrient needs, promote health, and help prevent chronic disease. Focus on nutrient-dense foods and beverages, limit those higher in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium, and stay within calorie limits. Meeting food group recommendations—with nutrient-dense foods and beverages—takes up most of a person’s daily calorie limit. More resources and helpful information can be found online

Our next workshop in our Cooking 101 series will focus on Grocery Shopping Made Easy. It will be held virtually on Zoom on Wednesday, February 2nd at 10:00 a.m. It is free to register and you can do so online at Our February workshops will focus on Fall Prevention. You can join us in-person at the Person County Office Building on Tuesday, February 8th at 12:00 p.m. for our next Lunch N’ Learn to learn how to prevent falls. It costs $5 to attend and must be paid by the Friday before. A lot of good information, handouts and lunch will be provided. Or you can join us in-person at the North Granville Senior Center in Stovall on Tuesday, February 15th at 10:00 a.m. to learn how to prevent falls. It is free to attend but register by calling 919-693-3383. Lunch is not provided.

Here is a quick and easy recipe from Harvard University. For more information, follow us on a variety of social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube @persongranvillefcs

Marinated Pork Tenderloin – serves 4

4 oz orange juice

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp brown sugar

1 medium-sized pork tenderloin

Oil for coating the grill

¼ tsp ground black pepper

Prepare the grill. To make the marinade, place the orange juice, garlic, honey and brown sugar in a large zipper-closure plastic bag. Add the tenderloin and refrigerate for up to 6 hours. Lightly oil the grill so the pork will not stick. Grill the pork on medium-high heat, turning and basting with the marinade occasionally, for 15 minutes or until a meat thermometer shows an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Add pepper to taste.

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