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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Ready or not the New Year is here and this is the time of year when New Year’s Resolutions are made.  Did you make any resolutions this year?  I set a few goals for 2019 that I hope I will achieve.  But regardless, it will at least give me something to work towards.  If you have made goals or resolutions to become healthier, check out some of our upcoming programs at the Extension Office.    

Sign up now for a new program that will be coming in February, Dining with Diabetes. This program is a series of four classes conducted by Mississippi State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences and community health partners including the Coalition for a Healthy Yalobusha County, Yalobusha General Hospital, Mechanics Bank and Bayson Chapel.  The program includes live cooking demonstrations, menu planning, diabetes management, carbohydrate-counting, insights on portion control, label-reading, and healthy recipe taste-testing.  

Nutrition is the cornerstone of diabetes management, and Dining with Diabetes can help Yalobusha County residents manage their own or that of a family member’s diabetes through nutrition education. Participants learn to prepare healthy, well-balanced meals without compromising taste. Class dates are Tuesday, February 12, 19, 26 and March 5.  There will also be a three month reunion meeting in June.  Due to the generous donations of our community partners we are offering this class for a reduced rate of $10 per participant.  Please come by the Extension office and fill out a registration form and pay with check or money order.  

Nutrition from Head to Toe

The food you eat affects every living cell in your body. From providing energy to padding organs, we need food for every part of our bodies. So, if you’re looking for good health, try eating from head to toe…

Brain: Grains fuel your brain with complex carbohydrates.

Eyes: Leafy greens like spinach are full of lutein, which helps prevent macular degeneration.

Teeth: Dairy products provide calcium for strong teeth.

Skin: Fruit provides vitamin C to make collagen that promotes skin elasticity.

Bones: Leafy greens provide vitamin K, known for bone health.

Heart: Oranges are high in potassium, which can help lower blood pressure.

Lungs: Green leafy vegetables like kale contain multiple nutrients that may help prevent lung cancer.

Gallbladder: Oats help bind bile to prevent cholesterol production

Liver: Fruit provides a variety of antioxidants to protect your liver.

Kidneys: Water helps your kidneys flush out waste products.

Stomach: Citrus fruits and vegetables may inhibit H pylori growth, a cause of ulcers.

Pancreas: Green vegetables like broccoli have antioxidants to protect your pancreas.

Intestines: Yogurt contains probiotics to keep good bacteria healthy, while beans provide fiber  to aid laxation.

Legs/Feet: Nuts and seeds contain magnesium and potassium to prevent leg cramps

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