By: Karen Neill

In an initiative to promote healthy living and lifestyles, the Guilford County center of the NC Cooperative Extension service will be holding its first annual Family First Block Party. As the final event of our Local Foods Week, this effort is designed to give the Guilford County community the opportunity to visit with vendors and Extension personnel to learn ways to live a healthier life. Various activities will be held throughout the day on Saturday, September 30th beginning at 10:00 AM and concluding at 3:00 PM.

As part of the Block Party, trained medical staff will be on hand to offer many different free health screening opportunities including STDs, diabetes, blood pressure, and more. There will also be free haircuts provided by a local barber school. At the top of each hour, we will be holding a fun exercise class; some for adults, and one class created specifically for children as part of our “Fit Kids” program. Speaking of youth, we will have ongoing youth activities led by our 4-H Youth Development staff to promote healthy eating and exercise habits. Current 4-H members from around the county will convene to show off and offer samples of some of their favorite healthy recipes.

There will also be classes offered throughout the day by our knowledgeable NC Cooperative Extension staff focusing on topics ranging from healthy cooking, nutrition, food preservation,  financial planning, and home care. Of course, these classes are offered at no charge, but arrive early because space is limited! These classes will be held in the outdoor classroom of our demonstration garden. Our Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers will also be on hand to conduct garden tours and answer any gardening questions you may have.

We have assembled vendors from throughout Guilford County to discuss their products and services to help you lead a healthier lifestyle. Health coaches, youth organizations, health organizations, and more will be on hand through the day.  Of course, no party is complete without great food. The Mobile Farmers’ Market and Guilford County Cooperative Extension will be offering samples of local seasonal produce and healthy recipes. Local food trucks will also be present to sell lunch and snacks to attendees.

With the holidays coming up, many local families will be without healthy food for their holiday meals. We have partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to collect canned food to stock their shelves. For every two canned or non-perishable food items you donate, you will be given a ticket to enter a drawing for gift baskets provided by the NC Cooperative Extension Service.

This event will be held at the Guilford County Cooperative Extension office at 3309 Burlington Road Greensboro, NC 27405. Handicapped parking will be available next to the building. General parking is available at the corner of Bessemer and Burlington Roads.

Mark your calendar now to join us on Saturday, September 30 between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM to celebrate local foods and healthy families! For more information, visit or look for NC Cooperative Extension – Guilford County Center on Facebook.