2015-08-19 / Living

These parks are made for walking

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is encouraging people, especially older people, to go to the parks. They are wonderful places to be able to walk.

Brisk walking has been linked to numerous health benefits, including reducing the risk of many chronic illnesses and cancers.

Getting any amount of exercise will also help improve your mood, your sleep, increase energy, and even improve balance.

Walking does not require special equipment and can be done by people of all ages and sizes.

If it is too hot or too cold to walk outdoors, remember that the Huck Sansbury gym is open and available for people to come in and walk.

Or, just go to one of the local stores and even to the mall in Durham or Danville.

Malls are wonderful places to walk because they are climate-controlled, safe and well-lit, free and level surfaces. If you end up at a store or mall, just be careful not to sit down at the food court and eat when you should be walking.

We always encourage people to just get up and move, participate in a 5K, join a gym or exercise class, etc.

Any amount of movement and physical activity is better than none.

And if you are walking at one of the parks, you can’t beat the scenery which will help reduce stress, blood pressure and improves attitude.

If you are interested in learning more about our Extension volunteers and Family & Consumer Science Programs that we offer, contact our Extension Office at 336-599-1195, visit our website at http://person. ces.ncsu.edu or check us out online at one of the following social media sites. https://www.facebook.com/personcountyfcs https:// twitter.com/ PersonCountyFCS

Here is a recipe from the More In My Basket program, available at morefood.org, which helps provide assistance in applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Chicken & Cheese Enchilada

serves 8

1 medium onion, chopped

1 Tbsp. margarine

1 ½ cups leftover chicken, cooked and shredded

1 can (14.5 oz) no salt diced tomatoes, divided

½ medium green bell pepper, diced

½ tsp crushed red pepper (to taste)

1 package (3 oz.) 1/3 less fat cream cheese, cubed

1 tsp ground cumin

8 flour tortillas (6- inch)

2 cups extra-sharp, low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded and divided

Non-stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray 12x7 inch baking dish. Cook and stir onion in margarine in large skillet until tender. Stir in chicken, cream cheese and cumin. Combine tomatoes, bell pepper, and crushed red pepper and add ¼ cup to the chicken mixture. Cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in ½ of shredded cheese. Spoon about 1/3 cup chicken mixture into center of each tortilla; roll up. Place seam side down in baking dish. Top with remaining tomato mixture and cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or microwave 3-5 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Information: 353 calories, 9g fat, 20g protein, 25g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 400mg sodium

Recipes submitted by Jennifer Grable, N.C. Extension Service FCS Agent. Got a great recipe you’d like to share? Send it to The Courier-Times or Jennifer at personrecipes@gmail.com. The recipe can be dropped off at The C-T front office at 109 Clayton Ave., or mail to P.O. Box 311, Roxboro, NC 27573.

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