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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Living Well In Yalobusha County

By Pamela Redwine

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  The MSU-Extension Service will be closed December 23 to January 5 to celebrate the holidays with our families.  Our exercise classes will resume on Monday, January 5th at 9 a.m.
We have an exciting new program that will also get underway in the new year, our Walk-a-Weigh Weight Control Program. Research consistently shows the long-term weight control requires regular physical activity of at least 30-60 minutes per day. With that in mind, the award-winning weight control program called Walk-a-Weigh will be offered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Yalobusha County, beginning on January 14 at 10 a.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville.      
Each of the eight Walk-a-Weigh sessions will include a lesson on ways to control your weight, a taste-test of a low calorie recipe and time for the group to walk together. For more information on Walk-a-Weigh call Pamela Redwine at the Yalobusha County Extension Office or attend the Information Session on Wednesday, January 7 at 10 a.m.  
The cost of the program is $5.  The deadline to pay and to register for the program is January 9th.

Be the One
I’m sure you’ve noticed that healthful options are rather limited at most pot luck meals. These events tend to bring out the fat, sugar, sodium, and calorie-laden foods from everyone’s recipe boxes.
For many of us, when we are invited to such a gathering we ask “will there be anything there I can eat?” It can be very difficult when you are trying very hard to maintain a heart-healthy diet and lose weight to attend these gatherings.
I am glad to hear clients ask this. It shows that they are thinking ahead.
Planning is always one of the suggestions offered to folks who are trying to maintain a special diet at social events. When in doubt, take something that you know you can eat.
With this thought in mind — and us being right in the middle of the holiday party season — here are a few suggestions from participants in a heart-healthy cooking class as to what they would take to a pot luck party:
• Chocolate angel food cake (no egg yolk and no frosting)
• Apple squares (made with fresh apples, using apple sauce to replace any fat)
• Quinoa salad with fresh spinach and a lemon dressing
• Fresh greens tossed with strawberries, almonds, and homemade vinaigrette
• Baked spinach balls
• Baked tortilla chips with homemade salsa
• Low-salt potato chips*
• Swedish meatballs made with ground chicken and low-sodium gravy
• Slices of Honey crisp apples
I added a few suggestions of my own as well:
• Veggie sticks and hummus
• Dried fruit and nuts
 • Fresh fruit with a yogurt dip
I think these participants get it. They understand the need to be the ones to bring the healthful stuff. However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t have reservations and concerns. However, I am sure there will be comments like  “we’ve done this before and no one ate the healthy foods,” “no one else will eat it,” and “I’ll end up taking it home.”
That’s okay. In fact, it may actually be a bonus. Take it home and you’ll have something for tomorrow. At least you were the one that took something healthful. Yes, I know it’s hard to eat apple slices when there’s a gooey dessert available. But eating a few apple slices means that you’ll be more full and have less room when you slice yourself a bit of that gooey dessert.
Start a trend. Be the one.

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