Bolstered by five focus groups with over 60 participants throughout an 11-county region, SEDA-COG has a renewed mission and strategic plan to meet the needs of Central Pennsylvania. The year-long process involved surveys of staff, the board of directors, and focus groups. The plan’s four strategic goals are expanding opportunities for business development; promoting development of infrastructure to improve quality of life; enhance the availability of suitable housing; and relationship building. SEDA-COG serves an 11-county core region that includes Mifflin, Juniata, Snyder, Perry, and Centre Counties.
An extract from the seeds of avocados exhibited anti-inflammatory properties in a laboratory study, according to researchers at Penn State. The finding represents a potential source for anti-inflammatory compounds that could be developed as a functional food ingredient or pharmaceuticals. The researchers developed the extract over the last decade as a food colorant. The discovery could be important because cancer, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, colitis and many more serious conditions are associated with chronic inflammation. The research is supported by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.