Summer Eating Tips

Ways to Safely Enjoy This Summer’s Bountyfresh-fruits-vegetables-2419

Jeannie M. Leonard

Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent

Summer brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Remember these tips when purchasing produce at the grocery store, nearby farmers’ markets or picking from your garden.

  • You should select fruits and vegetables that are not bruised, shriveled, moldy or slimy. If vegetables or fruits are pre-packaged, be sure the surfaces are not bruised or moldy.
  • Purchase only what you need. For optimum flavor and nutritional value, you need to use fruits and vegetables within a few days.
  • You need to promptly store any produce that needs to be refrigerated.
  • Be sure to wash produce under cool, running water just before you use it. This applies to all fruits and vegetables, even if you don’t eat the rind or skin, such as melons and oranges. Washing a melon can help remove any bacteria that could be transferred onto the inside fruits when the melon is sliced open with a knife.
  • Leafy greens, such as lettuce, should be rinsed before refrigerating to maintain crispness. Paper towels place between the greens will slow deterioration.
  • Do not use detergent when washing fruits and vegetables. Use a vegetable brush to scrub hearty vegetables, such as potatoes and carrots, if you want to eat the fiber-and-nutrient-rich skin.
  • Be sure to keep refrigerators clean and cold. Cover and refrigerate produce you have cut. Refrigerator temperatures should be between 37 and 39 degrees F.
  • Always clean surfaces, utensils, and hands before handling fresh produce.
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing food.
  • Read and follow label instructions such as “keep refrigerated” or “use by” dates.
  • Keep prepared fruit salads and other cut produce items in the refrigerator until just before serving.
  • Discard cut produce items if they have been out of the refrigerator for four hours or more.

By following a few guidelines in the kitchen, you and your family enjoy goodness from the garden safely.


Summer slim down

It’s About More Than Weight loss

By: Julie Williams

101612535312873362_bsfdfkow_c3Slim Solutions of Lexington has served the community for over 16 years. With a bachelor degree in sports medicine as well as having spent eleven years in the medical field, my knowledge of the human body and how it operates is extensive. Most recently, I’m working on a certification from UNCG as a health coach. I feel all these attributes will help me as the new owner of Slim Solutions.

Slim Solutions Weight loss and nutritional support is a program developed to help individuals become healthier through weight management. The program has been approved by the NC Board of Dietetics and Nutrition. The program we offer concentrates on your overall health. Through various health coaching techniques we teach you on how to become empowered to change your life by emphasizing healthy eating habits, learning about portion sizes and how to read nutritional food labels. My goal is for you to become an active participant in your weight loss goal. I want to partner with you give emotional support during the weight loss journey to change your life. Weight gain can be affected by many variables; medication ,hormones, digestive issues, low metabolism, age, lack of sleep 210709-kak-pohudet-v-sportzale-i-sauneand stress, to name a few. The program allows an individual to lose about 2-3 pounds per week by eating real food from the grocery store or restaurant. All weigh-ins are confidential and done one on one allowing you to feel comfortable.  Weight loss can be difficult and having someone to listen to you and help inspire you to maximize your own abilities. There’s not a quick fix, no pills or injections, but a lifestyle change that lets you lose weight in a healthy way. Slim Solutions is the solution to a slimmer you by changing lives one pound at a time.

I look forward to the future of Slim Solutions and to working with all of you. I would like to thank the community and the clients for supporting me through the transition. Call today for a free consult 336-224-5325. Follow us on Facebook or at: or

Slim Solutions Weight Management System Over View:

  • Preliminary Phase: In preparation for the weight loss phase your body must be cleansed of retained salt, refine sugar and caffeine. This phase approximately last six days.
  • Weight loss Phase: The food plan best suited for your individual needs will be assessed and outlined for you along with behavioral modifications and emotional support.
  • Transitional Phase: Once your goal weight has been achieved, a strategic method of caloric increase will begin. Your body’s metabolic rate will become more stable. Then graduation into maintenance may begin.
  • Maintenance: We provide the structure and skill development necessary to remain successful at maintaining your new goal weight.



Summer Reading Library

9706876db76989c1c82e8b05628a950eSummer is a time of fun and sunshine for people of all ages. For our youth, summer is the ideal time to encourage them to maintain and further develop their literacy skills. It is also a great opportunity to encourage the whole family to visit the library regularly. For these reasons, the Davidson County Public Library is excited to launch their summer reading program, “Every Hero Has a Story.”Through its Summer Reading Program, the library staff hopes to instill positive learning habits and foster long-term literacy skills among youth. According to Library Director Ruth Ann Copley, summer reading programs are important for youth to participate in because it helps mitigate the “summer slide,” which is when students lose literacy skills over the summer because their minds are not being stimulated educationally.

The summer slide, or summer learning loss as others also call it, is not a matter to be taken lightly. According to the National Summer Learning Association, research over the years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of a summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. Moreover, a 2010 report released by Dominican University shows that students who participate in library summer reading programs score higher on standardized reading tests than those who do not participate in them.

imagesThere are five branches of the Davidson County Public Library: Lexington, Thomasville, North Davidson, Denton and West Davidson. The summer reading program will revolve around the superhero theme. A wide range of programs and events accommodating children, teens and adults will be held throughout the summer at each of the libraries. Each program begins with a kickoff to introduce the theme, get patrons registered and excite the participants about the coming events. Some of the events scheduled for this year’s children’s programming include a Hero-Con, LEGO-Palooza, obstacle course, super hero costume party and, of course, movies. All types of superheroes will be explored: fictional heroes, community heroes, military heroes and even animal heroes. The teen program, “Heroes: Unmasked,” will include community and animal heroes, craft and mask making as well as a craft challenge, and even a game of Superhero Jeopardy. And finally, the adult program, ”Escape the Ordinary” will have programs about Civil War heroes, making essential oils, creating jewelry and even tracking down genealogy heroes.

For more information about the Davidson County Public Library, see the library’s website:

For more information about the Summer Reading Program, please call your local branch for a schedule of events and times. Come check us out and be a superhero this summer at the Davidson County Public Library.images (1)

Lexington – 242-2040

Thomasville – 474-2690

North Davidson – 242-2050

Denton – 859-2215

West Davidson – 853-4800