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Med Instead of Meds Workshop Series

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Join us for National Mediterranean Diet Month!

Med Instead of Meds series, May 11th – June 15th.

This series will be held in a hybrid format! You may join virtually via Zoom, or join in-person at the Duplin County Cooperative Extension office, in the Ed Emory Auditorium. To sign-up and read more, visit:

Med Instead of Meds was created by a group of nutrition and health professionals from NC State University and NC Division of Public Health. Eating the Med Way (Mediterranean) has been proven to protect against chronic illness. In some cases, eating the Med Way may even result in decreasing medications taken for blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.* Hence the name, “Med Instead of Meds”. We are passionate about providing people with the information and tools needed to make delicious meals for themselves and their families. We too are on this journey with you to transform our eating to the Med Way. *Check with your health-care professional before changing any prescribed medications.

Classes include instruction and food demonstration. Topics covered include: Change Your Protein, Swap Your Fats, Eat More Fruit and Vegetables, Snack on Nuts & Seeds, Make Your Grains Whole, and Rethink Your Sweets!

If you would like this program offered to your church, organization, or work place please contact

The upcoming series dates and times are as follows:

Date Time Topic Location
5/11 5:30p Introduction to the Med Way, Introduction to Mindful Eating Hybrid – Ed Emory Auditorium OR via Zoom
5/18 5:30p Change Your Protein, Meal Planning Hybrid – Ed Emory Auditorium OR via Zoom
5/25 5:30p Swap Your Fats & Snack on Nuts and Seeds, Right-size Your Portions Hybrid – Ed Emory Auditorium OR via Zoom
6/1 5:30p Eat More Fruits and Vegetables, Simple Steps for Mindful Eating Hybrid – Ed Emory Auditorium OR via Zoom
6/8 5:30p Make Your Grains Whole, Label Reading Hybrid – Ed Emory Auditorium OR via Zoom
6/15 5:30p Rethink Your Sweets, Simple Steps for Physical Activity Hybrid – Ed Emory Auditorium OR via Zoom

This series if free thanks to sponsorship from United Way of Sampson County. Please plan to attend all six sessions. To register call 910.296.2143 or