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Living Well In Yalobusha County

By Pamela Redwine

We are right in the middle of it – yep that’s right – flu season.  I hope you and your family have escaped the vengeance of this horrible virus.  Our house, however, has not, but hopefully by the time this article goes to print we will all be well again!
Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people are generally contagious the day before symptoms start, and for five days after becoming sick. Symptoms typically last up to seven days for a normal infection. And doctors say, if you haven’t gotten an annual flu vaccine, it’s not too late. To further protect yourself, try to avoid anyone who is sneezing and coughing, and wash your hands (a lot). Also, exercise and eat healthy foods
Speaking of exercise – don’t forget that our Healthy You Exercise class meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m.  We are currently doing a three-mile walking video using small weights (1 to 3 pounds).  If you made your New Year’s Resolution to begin leading a healthier lifestyle then you should join us.  You don’t have to do the whole three miles.  You can do  less  than a mile, with no weights and at your own pace.  The point is to get moving and get healthy!
The Extension Service will be closed Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The Healthy You Class will not meet this day.
The 4-H FCS club will meet on Thursday, January 24 at 4 p.m. in the conference room of the Multi-Purpose Building. The meeting is free and is open to all youth ages 5 to 18.
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Which Milk Should You Pick?

Recently a popular self-help show asserted that people should drink 2% milk instead of skim milk because skim milk contains too much sugar.  According to James J. Kenney, PhD, FACN and writer for Communicating Food For Health Newsletter, who wrote in the January 2013 CFFH newsletter, “that is simply not true.”  Dr. Kenney goes on to say, “ Removing the fat and cholesterol from milk does not change its lactose content. That is the only sugar in whole, 2%, and skim milk.  Lactose is a naturally-occurring milk sugar.”
“Of course, drinking 2% milk increases the percentage of calories from fat and saturated fat and increases the cholesterol content. None of this is good news for your health, especially for your heart.”  He says to, “Skip this dubious claim and stick to skim milk.”

Nutrition Facts: Milk
Skim Milk (per cup)
90 calories, 0g fat, 5mg cholesterol, 298 mg calcium and 12 g sugar
2% Milk (Per cup)
120 calories, 5g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 20mg cholesterol, 301 mg calcium, 12 g sugar


Black Olive and Blue Cheese Bread Spirals

1 package (11 ounces) refrigerated French bread dough
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (optional)
1/3 cup chopped pitted black olives (about 12 large)
1/3 cup finely chopped green onions
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray nonstick baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
2. Unroll bread dough on clean work surface. Sprinkle evenly with oregano and red pepper flakes, if desired. Top with olives, green onions and bell pepper. Sprinkle cheese over top. Roll up dough; gently transfer to prepared baking sheet.
3. Using serrated knife, cut 4 to 5 slits in loaf top.  Bake 25 minutes or until deep golden in color. Remove bread to wire rack; cool completely. Lightly spray top of loaf with cooking spray. Cut into 11 slices to serve.  Makes 11 servings.
Note: These spirals may be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Nutrients per Serving: 1 slice (1/11 of loaf) Calories: 89, Fat: 2g, Protein: 3g, Carbohydrate: 13g, Fiber 1g, Cholesterol 2mg, Sodium 263mg, Exchanges 1 starch

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