FIT Extension is a great opportunity for a fun wellness program that has proven results. This 8 week, team-based, fitness/healthy eating program is easy to get going at your worksite or with family, friends, churches and schools. FitEx encourages all participants to engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity such as brisk walking, running, yoga, or biking on five or more days of the week.
We are excited to let you know we have updated our newsletters with some really great information on the benefits of physical activity and eating fruits and vegetables—and of course some new tips to help you meet your goals.
For more information about FitEx and to register online, visit FIT Extension. The registration deadline is March 26. The program begins on April 1 and runs through May 26 and costs $30 for a team of six. Get some friends and family together and create a FitEx team to be a part of this year’s program! The $30 team registration fee covers the FitEx website and a fitness prize for all teams that complete this program – with a team of 6, that’s only $5.00 per person.
Join us in our mission to create a happier, healthier and more active Virginia! We look forward to walking with you!
Carl Stafford (left), an Extension agricultural and natural resources agent, visits with dairy producer Terry Ingram about forage management strategies.
“When Extension began nearly 100 years ago, its purpose was to help people take research developed at a university and other places and put it into practice on the land and in the home,” said Edwin Jones, director of Virginia Cooperative Extension. “Can we still do that today? I believe so.”
Virginia Tech magazine takes a closer look at Virginia Cooperative Extension in its latest issue. Read more…
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Campers enjoy a variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables, and meats throughout the summer.
This summer, campers at the Northern Virginia (NOVA) 4-H center in Front Royal will enjoy a healthier menu that includes locally grown produce and locally raised meats. The NOVA center, which has relied solely on food purchased from large foodservice distributors in the past, is the first 4-H center in the state to incorporate local foods into their meal planning. “Serving local food has mutual benefits for us and for the local economy,” said Win Iden, program director.
“Several factors led to our decision to pursue procurement of local foods for the camp,” said Iden. He listed “improved food quality, healthier food options, the opportunity to build relationships with local producers and support Virginia Cooperative Extension efforts in the local communities, the educational opportunities for teaching campers about making healthy food choices and learning where food comes from, and using food to teach campers about their place in the world and within their local community” as among the many reasons for seeking out local food. Continue reading