Virtual Nutrition Series: Med Instead of Meds

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What is Med Instead of Meds?

Med Instead of Meds is a nutrition program created by a group of nutrition and health professionals from NC State University and the NC Division of Public Health. Eating the Med Way (Mediterranean Way) has been proven to protect against chronic illnesses. In some cases, eating the Med Way may even result in decreasing medications taken for blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes- that’s why we call it “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.*

Virtual Class Operating Procedures

Series begins May 26 and will conclude June 25, 2020. Classes will meet virtually for 5 weeks using Zoom and Facebook. On Tuesdays at 2 p.m., participants will meet via Zoom for a nutrition lesson. On Thursdays at 2 p.m., participants will be able to watch a Facebook Live cooking demonstration. Once participants register AND payment is received (info below), they will be invited to join the closed Facebook group where links and videos will be provided in addition to resources, additional recipes, and weekly challenges.

Topics for this series include:

  • Introduction to the Med way and mindful eating
  • Change your protein and meal planning
  • Swap your fats/protein and right-sizing your portions
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables with mindful eating
  • Make your grains whole and label reading
  • Rethink your sweets and simple steps for physical activity


Deadline to register is May 22, 2020. There is a pre-registration fee of $5 to secure your spot. Participants who actively participate in at least 3 of the 5 weeks will receive a skill-builder prize! If you choose to pay with a check, please mail to the Johnston Ag Center (2736 NC 210 Hwy in Smithfield). Make checks payable to “Johnston Ag Center” AND write “Med Instead of Meds” in the memo line. This series is open to those in Wilson, Johnston, Sampson, or Duplin Counties. Know someone from another county who may want to join? They can register too!

Register here!

For more information, contact Cassidy Hall at 919-989-5380 or via email,

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