Gale Craft picks out squash at the Edgecombe Community College Farmers Market in Tarboro in 2019.

BA.5 omicron subvariant is highly contagious. If you are eligible for a second COVID-19 booster shot, get one! Double down on eating healthy (eat more fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, and smaller amounts of lean meats) to reduce your risk of severe illness. Get some physical activity and be well rested.

Q I try to buy all vegetables at a farmers’ market, thinking vegetables will be “in season” and fresh, but I have seen produce that couldn’t be grown locally. What is meant by “seasonal vegetables?” JT, Greenville

Professor emeritus Kathy Kolasa, a registered dietitian nutritionist and Ph.D., is an affiliate professor in the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. Contact her at kolasaka@ecu.edu.