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University of Illinois Extension serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam Counties

Main Office (LaSalle County)
815 North Orlando Smith Road
Room C223
Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815- 224-0889
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Bureau County)
850 Thompson St,
Becker Professional Suites,
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: 815-875-2878
FAX: 815-875-2870
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (LaSalle County)
1689 North 31st Road,
Suite 2
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0707
FAX: 815-433-5454
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Marshall County)
509 Front Street,
Suite 4
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-364-2356
FAX: 309-364-2804
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

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Welcome to University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam Counties! Local staff, Extension Educators, and State Specialists provide programs in agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community and economic development, nutrition and wellness, and youth development including the 4-H Program. The goal is to help people develop skills; solve important problems; and improve their families, farms, businesses, and communities. Our mission is to help local residents put knowledge to work by serving as the local link to the University of Illinois.

Items of Interest

Being conscious of where and when we eat is just as important as the food we choose! Eating creates memories and develops interactions which benefit our health. Health includes many different components that create balance and mindfulness. There are social, emotional, environmental, physical and spiritual components to health and wellness. Each component requires some sort of balance for fulfillment in life. Through life's journey, food is weaved into all the different aspects of health and wellness. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages the importance of enjoying flavors, slowing down, and taking time to appreciate other factors that contribute to mealtime.

When applied to eating habits, there is more to the equation than choosing food. Savoring the flavor of what you are putting in your mouth is part of what is involved with mindful eating. You may be aware of the first and last few bites. However, there may be distractions between those bites. Research suggests by making small behavioral changes like turning off the computer or television, and putting cell phones aside helps contribute to eating more in balance and mindfully.

Easy Flatbread Pizza


· 4 small pieces Naan flatbread

· 1/4 cup pesto

· 1 cup grape tomatoes

· 1 zucchini

· 1 cup mushrooms

· 1 cup mozzarella cheese

· 1 Tablespoon olive oil

· 1/4 teaspoon salt

· 1/2 teaspoon pepper

· ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes

· 2 T. fresh sliced basil leaves


1. Preheat oven to 425°

2. Slice tomatoes, zucchini and mushrooms

3. Toss vegetables in olive oil with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes

4. Roast vegetables till you hear a sizzle, approximately 15-20 minutes

5. Shred mozzarella cheese with cheese grater into a large bowl

6. Place flatbread on baking tray

7. Spread pesto evenly on flatbread

8. Sprinkle cheese onto flatbread

9. Place roasted vegetables on cheese layer on flatbread

10. Bake at 400°, 8-10 minutes till cheese is bubbly

Serve with fresh green salad. Enjoy each bite!

Questions? Contact Susan Glassman, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness at

Information and Resources for You

4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Community and Economic Development Consumer Economics Environment and Energy Stewardship Family Life Horticulture Leadership and Local Government Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness Schools Online

Extension Meetings

Multi-County Unit Council Meeting
Tuesday June 14, 2016 • 5:30 PM

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