Free radon kits offered online


As the turning of the season brings colder weather to North Carolina, and families close windows to keep warm, it is an excellent time to make plans for radon testing in your home.

Radon is the odorless, colorless gas that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The effects upon the families it touches can be just as devastating as lung cancer caused by smoking tobacco.

January is National Radon Action Month. Each year upward of 22,000 people die from radon-induced lung cancer. Roughly 54 percent of those diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer are expected to live no more than five years after diagnosis.

Cooperative Extension recommends that you test your home for radon and lower your family’s risk of lung cancer. Unfortunately, radon kits are not being sent out to the county extension offices, as they have in the past. You can purchase kits that are fairly inexpensive at local home improvement stores. Or there is a limited supply of free kits from the N.C. Radon office that you can order online at

The Extension Office will continue to offer monthly Lunch N’ Learn workshops on the second Tuesday of the month in 2020. The first one was Tuesday and focused on “Healthier Soups.” The one in February will be on cholesterol, and local cardiologist Dr. Tori Bradsher will be the guest speaker. Cost to attend each of the monthly workshops is $5, and the money is due the Friday before each workshop.

Try the following recipe courtesy of the N.C. Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. For more information on Food for Thought programs, activities and recipes, check us out online at or email

Ground Beef Stroganoff

Serves 6

8 ounces uncooked egg noodles

1 lb. lean or extra-lean ground beef or turkey

1 medium onion, sliced

1 (7.3oz) canned sliced mushrooms, undrained

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 (8 oz.) carton low-fat sour cream

Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Spray a little non-stick spray on the noodles and toss pasta to keep it from sticking together. Brown beef in medium-sized skillet. Add sliced onions and mushrooms. Add garlic, black pepper and bouillon. Heat until steaming. Add sour cream and heat until bubbly. Serve over cooked noodles.

Nutrition Information: 310 calories, 9g fat, 330mg sodium, 2g fiber


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