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Since 2017, Just for the Health of It has served as a lunch and learn series that creatively married fun and education for its participants. When the COVID-19 epidemic reached Georgia, the program was adjusted to an online platform to continue delivering important information to citizens. Both Bibb and Clayton counties have poor health rankings in comparison to other counties in Georgia. The elimination of face-to-face programming presented a challenge to the UGA Extension agents for offering health and wellness information. The two counties united to offer Just for the Health of It: Home Edition. The weekly 1 ½ hour webinars, streamed on Facebook live, taught ways to manage and reduce risk of chronic diseases, and offered a cooking demonstration that highlighted the topic of the evening. The four-week series shared tips on healthy habits and food safety during coronavirus, and encouraged the reduction of sodium, fat, and sugar. Participants completed a post webinar survey and received the recipes demonstrated in the series. Series topics included From Breakfast to Dinner, Pantry Roundup, Mom’s Comfort Foods, and Kid’s Culinary Cooking Class. The four classes, offered in May, reached over 1,500 viewers. Since the initial postings, Just for the Health of It: Home Edition has been viewed by over 9,000 people in 16 states. Post evaluation surveys indicate over 90 percent of participants felt more knowledgeable about the topics. Over 70 percent of participants planned to use the information provided.