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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, UGA Extension agents in Bibb and Clayton counties adjusted the program to an online platform to continue delivering important information to citizens. The weekly 1 ½-hour webinars, streamed on Facebook live, taught ways to manage and reduce risk of chronic diseases. A cooking demonstration highlighted the topic of the evening. The four-week series shared tips on healthy habits, food safety during COVID-19, and encouraged the reduction of sodium, fat, and sugar. Participants completed a post webinar survey and received the recipes demonstrated in the series. 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.