This summer, to quench your thirst try to drink options that contain less sugar like water! Water is a wonderful alternative to sugar sweetened beverages especially if you add different fruits or herbs.
Next time you grab a glass of water try to add thin slices of lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, cucumber, apple, berries, melon, pineapple or fresh ginger.
You could even try adding fresh whole leaves or sprigs of mint, basil, rosemary or parsley.
Stay hydrated this summer by giving these flavors a try!
Source: Leah's Pantry
Think About Your Heart Health This Valentine's Day
For the whole month of February, American Heart Month is celebrated to bring awareness to heart disease and ways to prevent heart disease at any age. The American Heart Association encourages everyone to have a healthy diet and adequate physical activity no matter your age. By choosing a healthy eating plan and being physically active you can decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to the American Heart Association.
During the month of February it is also important to talk with loved ones about the warning signs of heart attack and stroke. The American Heart Association mentions, "Not everyone experiences sudden numbness with a stroke or severe chest pain with a heart attack. And heart attack symptoms in women can be different than men."
Check out the links below from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, The American Heart Association, and HealthFinder.gov to learn more about heart disease and ways to prevent the onset of heart attack and stroke for you and your loved ones.
SNAP-Ed Connection has also come up with some heart healthy meals to enjoy this Valentine's Day. These meals include: Pink Party Salad, Baked Parmesan Fish, Caribbean Casserole, Kale with Nuts and Raisins, and Fudgy Fruit for dessert. We hope you enjoy some of these recipes and continue to strive for a healthy heart!
A common misconception heard from all age groups young and old, is that as people begin to age into their older adult years, it is time to relax. It might seem like the right thing to do, to reduce activities and physical exercise since the aging process slows us down and deteriorates muscles and bones. Some older adults have been inactive for quite some time or have certain disabilities or other health hindrances that make it harder to stay active. So it is understandable that older adults don’t do anything, right? WRONG! Removing physical exercise from one’s lifestyle and remaining inactive is far from good, and it will only increase disability and decrease one’s overall health, here is why.
As we get ready for the holiday season and the social gatherings to come SNAP-Ed Connection has come up with some delicious recipes that are sure to please any crowd. Whether you have special family recipes that you make every holiday season or are willing to try a new spin on some holiday favorites these recipes will not only make your mouth water but give you confidence when making healthy choices this holiday season.
Not only is it important to make healthy food choices during the holiday season, but we should remind ourselves to stay active even with the weather cooling down. Some physical activities may be more difficult to perform in the winter time, but check out local senior centers or community centers to try the exercise classes they may offer.
Believe it or not, Oktoberfest starts in September! As the end of September nears and we head into October, try some of these great healthy recipe ideas to spice up your dishes and celebrate the upcoming Fall season. As harvest season approaches many people will be attending gatherings either with friends, family, co-workers, or planning seasonal meals for one. The USDA SNAP-Ed Connection has provided an appetizing and unique list of different dishes that will make great additions for those looking to cook up something this Fall. Some of these unique dishes include: honey mustard pork chops, stuffed summer squash, sweet and sour cabbage, dutch green beans and more!
Do you have a place to walk where you feel comfortable or safe? Sometimes the neighborhood we live in does not have a route to walk equipped with even sidewalks, good lighting, or light traffic. Maybe you don't walk because you feel that walking does not have a huge effect on your health. Believe it or not, walking small amounts provides many health benefits which increase the more you walk. This post will address some barriers that keep us from getting the outcomes we seek from walking, like having a safe place to get our steps in, getting improved health results from walking, as well as what we need to know in order to stay safe and healthy during our walks!
The CDC reported in their Vital Signs in August 2012, "More than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. More than 6 in 10 people walk for transportation or for fun, relaxation, or exercise, or for activities such as walking the dog. The percentage of people who report walking at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week rose from 56% (2005) to 62% (2010).
Physical activity helps control weight, but it has other benefits. Physical activity such as walking can help improve health even without weight loss. People who are physically active live longer and have a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. Improving spaces and having safe places to walk can help more people become physically active.
*Aerobic activities like brisk walking, running, swimming and bicycling make you breathe harder and make your heart and blood vessels healthier.”
Just this past month we have experienced some record highs for weather in the Central Valley. With temperatures continuing to stay near 100 degrees as July comes to an end here are eight helpful reminders to help you and your loved ones beat the heat.
With warm weather predicted for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, here are a few tips for eating healthy at any festivities you may be attending. Whether you are getting together with family and friends for a barbecue or cooking for one the USDA SNAP-Ed Connection has created a delicious menu perfect for any Memorial Day plans. We all have our favorite recipes for food we like to bring to summer gatherings, but have you thought about trying a new recipe when planning a dish to bring? These burgers, pasta salad, baked beans, and homemade lemonade recipes are sure to be a liked by everyone. Check out the Memorial Day cookbook provided by the USDA SNAP-Ed Connection on https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/recipes-menus/healthy-thrifty-holiday-menus/memorial-day-menu?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MemorialDayImage
We hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend honoring those who have given their lives in service for our country.
Author: Jessica Shupp
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