Food and Health

Let’s Talk Turkey

with Kerri Wade, WVU Extension Service Families and Health agent for Kanawha County

Holidays are a time for food and festivities. But, without proper preparation and safe serving, you might leave your guests with more than just memories. More than 76 million cases of foodborne diseases occur in the United States each year, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Follow these simple and easy tips for safely preparing your holiday meal, courtesy of WVU Extension Service’s Kerri Wade and the USDA.

Turkey Preparation

Preparing the Star of the Table

turkey How far in advance can you purchase a turkey? What’s the best way to thaw the bird? How long should you allow for cooking? Let the USDA experts answer these questions and more with their information on safely roasting a turkey.

Learn more about turkey preparation safety from the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) website, Let’s Talk Turkey—A Consumer Guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey.

Healthy, Affordable Side Dishes

A look at a festive and flavorful supporting cast

holiday-meal Don’t let your holiday dinner leave your wallet or waistline in trouble. It’s possible to fix crowd-pleasing favorites for family and friends this Thanksgiving.

The WVU Extension Service Family Nutrition Programs, along with the USDA, provide healthy and affordable recipes that are full of flavor.

FAQs for Holiday Meal Planning

View answers to the most commonly asked Thanksgiving meal preparation questions. Read the questions and answers...

About the agent

Wade_Kerri Kerri Wade is an associate professor and Extension agent with WVU’s Kanawha County Extension Service. She received her master’s degree in social work from West Virginia University and her bachelor’s from the University of South Carolina.

Wade has worked extensively with children and their families – teaching child development, conducting after school and summer programs, literacy initiatives, and creating positive learning environments for children.

Learn more about Kanawha County’s WVU Extension Service…