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Living Well in Yalobusha County

MHV Members Enjoy Trip To Vaiden

On Thursday, several Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer members (Julia Fernandez, Ora Polk, and Syliva Beene) and I traveled to Vaiden to attend the North Central Area Spring MHV meeting.  The meeting was good and we enjoyed the Carroll County Sheriff’s safety talk as well as personal trainer Chris Wilson’s talk and demonstration on using strength bands to help with flexibility, strength and endurance.  We were also updated on all of the Extension and MHV updates from MSU Administration and MHV officers.  

Evidently we had so much fun that I forgot to take a picture for you! We also enjoyed lunch in downtown Winona at The Tracks before returning to Yalobusha County.  It was a beautiful day to travel and I’m always blessed to have fun traveling partners. We will be hosting the Fall Area Meeting, here in Yalobusha County, in October.

Now that March is winding down, what have had you done in observance of National Nutrition Month?  Have you added more fruits and veggies each day?  Have you chosen low fat protein and dairy choices? Take this National Nutrition Month quiz to see how you measure up.

Nutrition Month Quiz

1. True or false? Each one of us holds the tool to make healthier food choices.

A. True

B. False

2. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, you should “Focus on _____” as you plan your eating pattern.

A. Calories

B. Trying new foods every day

C. Variety, nutrient density, and amount

D. Added sugars and saturated fat

3. Which of the following is not one of MyPlate’s food groups?

A. Protein

B. Fats/oils

C. Fruits

D. Grains

4. True or false? How much we eat is as important as what we eat.

A. True

B. False

5. Fill in the blank. Making small shifts in what you eat _____ add up over time.

A. Can

B. Cannot


1. A. True. That quote actually comes straight from the Nutrition Month homepage at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It’s one of the inspirations for this year’s slogan. You have the power to change and improve your eating pattern.

2. C. Variety, nutrient density, and amount. These are the 3 keys to a healthful eating pattern. According to the guidelines, “To meet nutrient needs within calorie limits, choose a variety of nutrient-dense foods across and within all food groups in recommended amounts.”

3. B. Fats/oils. MyPlate is made up of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy. Although MyPlate addresses fats and oils, they do not get their own space on the plate graphic and are instead incorporated within the other food groups.

4. A. True. That’s actually a central tenet of this year’s National Nutrition Month celebration. For more information, visit

5. A. Can. That’s right, those small shifts can actually make a huge impact. Plus, smaller shifts are easier to sustain over time.

Source: Communicating Food for Health, March 2017

MSU Extension Service


An interest meeting for a Walk a Weigh Accountability Group (those who have attended the Walk a Weigh program) was held on Tuesday, March 28, at 5 p.m. The purpose of this meeting was to  see if there is enough interest to have a group and to discuss future meeting dates and topics  If you were interested but not able to attend, contact Pamela Redwine at the Extension Service at 675-2730.

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

Sewing for Service will meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 3 at the Extension Office.  We are currently working on pillowcase dresses for Operation Christmas Child.  We have all the supplies we just need you to help sew.  

Crochet will meet on Thursday, April 6th at 10 a.m. at the Extension Office.  Remember to bring a hook and yarn.

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