By Christina Rittenbach, NDSU Extension

As the time for New Year’s resolutions is upon us, many people may be thinking of ways to get healthier in the new year. "Nourish Your Body and Mind" virtual program series, offered by NDSU Extension in Stutsman County, can help you achieve your goals. In January, the program will feature two topics: "Nourish Your Muscles" and "Nourish Your Body and Mind with Accurate Health Information."

As we age or remain inactive, we may experience some muscle loss, as well as the ability to do tasks we once were able to do.

We can delay and even prevent this loss by understanding proper nutrition and exercise for our muscles. In this self-paced program, you can learn about how to use nutrition and exercise to fuel your muscles. Protein, carbohydrates, water and minerals all play an important role in growing and maintaining muscle mass.

And while nutrition and health information is available from a wide variety of sources, it can be difficult at times to know who and what to trust. With "Nourish Your Body and Mind, you can also learn how to discern reliable information from that which may not be accurate.

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When you register for either program, you will receive a link to the program site on the launch date. There you can access loads of helpful information, such as a video presentation, handouts, publications, featured recipes, and more. You can review the information at your own time and pace and save the link to access again later.

The registration link can be found on the NDSU Extension-Stutsman County website at

If you’d like, you can also register for past months’ programs, as well. To receive the program information in alternative formats, you may contact the Stutsman County Extension office at (701) 252-9030.

For more information on this program, contact Christina Rittenbach, Stutsman County Extension agent, at (701) 252-9030 or