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
Game Day is soon approaching for this year’s Super Bowl Sunday, February 4th! While we are all anticipating the excitement of the game, we may also be looking forward to the food which will be present at our Super Bowl festivities. It is easy during this time of celebration and friendly competition to indulge in the food provided, but let’s not forget to be aware of what we are putting inside our bodies.
Those at SNAP-Ed Connection have come up with a Game Day Menu that is sure to please everyone during the big game! Check out their healthy and delicious suggestions “from the Glazed Skinless Chicken Wings to the low fat dips for fruit and veggies, these colorful recipes are all winners”! Feel free to share your healthy game day recipes with us in anticipation for the Super Bowl this weekend!
Author: Jessica Shupp
Source: SNAP-Ed Connection
With the holiday spirit around the corner, here are some great recipes that will please the whole family.
Here are 5 tips we found while going through the Thanksgiving menu provided by the USDA!
Whatever you choose to eat, we hope you are surrounded by friends, family, or neighbors. We wish you a wonderful week and safe travels!
Author: Samantha Borba
With the holidays quickly approaching many people are thinking of ways to still make healthy eating choices and still be able to enjoy all of the delicious seasonal dishes they know and love. Here are some helpful tips from the American Heart Association on how to choose and prepare your favorite dishes and still be mindful of healthy food choices:
• Choose wisely, even with healthier foods. Ingredients and nutrient content can vary by brand and preparation.
• Compare nutrition information on package labels and select products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans fat, and no partially hydrogenated oils.
• Watch your calorie intake. To maintain weight, consume only as many calories as you use up through physical activity. If you want to lose weight, consume fewer calories or burn more calories.
• Eat reasonable portions. Often this is less than you are served.
• Eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients your body needs.
• Prepare and eat healthier meals at home. You’ll have more control over ingredients.
• Look for the Heart-Check mark to easily identify foods that can be part of an overall healthy diet. Learn more at heartcheck.org.
The American Heart Association has compiled some important information regarding healthy choices and alternatives for holiday beverages, family meals, ways to stay active, and delicious recipes in their Holiday Healthy Eating Guide. Visit https://healthyforgood.heart.org/eat-smart/articles/holidays-healthy-eating-guide to download this helpful guide and navigate your way through the holiday season with healthful food choices.
Author: Jessica Shupp