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Living Well in Yalobusha County

Food For Families Drive Continues Until Dec. 8

Members of the 4-H Family and Consumer Science Club collected 17 Operation Christmas Child Boxes during their November 17th meeting. Samaritan’s Purse/ Operation Christmas Child, is just one of the service projects that these 4-Hers help with. During their Novem-ber meeting they also enjoyed making delicious fall treats including a baked apple pastry and edible acorns. 

Don’t forget the Food for Families Food Drive continues until December 8. You can drop non-perishable food off at the Extension Office, Coffeeville Public Library, Coffeeville Piggly Wiggly, Larson’s Piggly Wiggly and Blackmur Library. This project is sponsored by the United Yalobusha Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer (United Y.C. MHV Club).

Healthy You exercise classes are free and meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 until 9:45 a.m. Make sure that you wear cool, comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and bring some water to drink. The nurse is back!

4-H Family & Consumer Science (FCS) Clubs (Clover Buds ages 5-7 and Yalobusha Buddies ages 8-18) will be attending the Gingerbread Village at the Ford Center on the Ole Miss Campus on Friday, December 2.  For more information please contact me at the Extension office.

The FCS 4-H Club is selling stuffed Christmas tree ornaments that they made.  The price of the ornaments has been reduced.  They are $4 each for 1 or 2 ornaments, $3 for 3-5 ornaments and $2 for 6 or more ornaments.  The ornaments can be seen on our facebook page at MSU-Yalobusha County Extension Service or come by the Extension Office and pick out your favorite from our wide selection. 

Crochet MHV Club will meet at the Extension office on Thursday, December 1.   2017 Membership dues are being collected during the month of December. The dues are $6 per person. 

Our Sewing for Service group  will meet on Monday, December 5, at 10 a.m. at the Extension Office. They will be finishing up the Christmas bags for patients at Blair Batson Children’s Hospital. If you can sew and like to help others, this is the perfect group for you!  

If you ordered MSU cheese it will be here December 5th after 3p.m. 

Just because the holidays are here, doesn’t mean that you have to let good nutrition and healthy living take a backseat for a month!  Check out our Facebook page at MSU – Yalobusha County Extension Service for our “Maintain Don’t Gain” daily tips. 

Also remember we have a new Program starting in January! Walk A Weigh is a nine-week nutrition education and physical activity program designed to promote healthy nutrition practices and increased physical activity through educational lessons and the creation of walking groups.  

The program will monitor participants weight each week and monitor participants glucose and blood pressure twice during the program. The cost is $5 and the program is open to the public.  For more information contact me at the Extension office at 675-2730 or email me at

Plant-Based Eating Pattern Quiz

1. A plant-based diet can help prevent disease. True or False?

Answer: True. A meat-based diet’s high fat (especially saturated fat), low-fiber content contributes to obesity, diabetes, certain cancers, and heart disease. A plant-based diet, along with adequate exercise, can help prevent these diseases.

2. A plant-based diet is a vegetarian diet. True or False?

Answer: False. A plant-based diet consists mainly of vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes, with modest amounts of meat. The key is to take the focus away from meat, making it a side dish or condiment instead of the main entrée.

3. A plant-based diet won’t give me enough protein. True or False?

Answer: False. As long as you eat a variety of foods, you should get an adequate amount of protein in your plant-based diet.

4. Legumes (beans and peas) are a good meat alternative. True or False?

Answer: True. Legumes provide protein and iron, making them a good nutritional substitute to meat. They are also a good source of fiber. Use them in place of meat in chili, burritos, lasagna, and soups. Serve them over rice or pasta or add to soups and salads.

5. Simply avoiding or cutting back on meat makes for a healthy diet. True or False?

Answer: False. Cutting the meat in your diet doesn’t automatically make it healthier. Be sure to add healthful foods in its place. French fries and macaroni and cheese may be meatless, but they are not low in fat. Be sure to eat at least 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetables, plus a variety of whole grains daily.

6. I’ll have to shop in expensive stores to follow a plant-based diet. True or False?

Answer: False. Compare the cost per serving of beans, rice and pasta with meat and you can see how inexpensive a plant-based diet can be. These items, plus fruits and vegetables, are available at regular supermarkets.

Tips for Getting Started

Try chicken, turkey, and fish in place of red meat; they are lower in saturated fat.

When you do use meat, mix it in casseroles and stir-fries, with lots of vegetables and pasta or rice. Think of meat as a condiment.

If you have a family of meat-eaters, try one or two plant-based meals per week until they get used to new flavors and foods.

Introduce beans as a side dish, gradually moving toward bean-based entrees.

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Article Source:  Retrieved 11-28-16

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