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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Yes, You Can Prevent Diabetes

By Mary Schroeder, Extension educator and registered dietitian

November is American Diabetes Month, the perfect time to find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes.

About 1 in 11 people in the United States have diabetes, and more than 1 out of 3 adults have prediabetes. The 86 million Americans with prediabetes have blood glucose (sugar) levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 adults who have prediabetes don't even know it.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Importance of Family Mealtime

By Mary Schroeder, Extension Educator -- Health and Nutrition

Family meals give parents and children an important opportunity to create close bonds and lifelong memories. Family meals also allow parents to be good role models for their children regarding eating habits. As a parent, when you make healthy food choices and regularly try new foods, your children are more likely to eat healthy foods and explore new foods, too.

Try these easy ways to make family meals a pleasant part of your family routine.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Give Your Kids Healthy and Tasty Snacks

By Beth Labenz, SNAP-Ed Educator — Health and Nutrition

Sometimes parents hear the words “snack foods” and think of expensive, sugary, fattening, or salty treats that aren’t needed for a healthy diet. But giving your child healthy, filling school-day snacks that also taste good is easy — and cheaper than you think!

Besides being low in calories and full of fiber and vitamins, fruits and vegetables cost less than typical unhealthy snacks. For example, the average cost of a serving of fruit is 25 cents, while a single serving bag of chips or a candy bar can cost 69 to 80 cents. Wash, slice, and bag veggies and fruit in individual portions, and then toss one or more into your children’s school lunch boxes or backpacks on busy mornings when time is short.

Low-fat dairy foods such as yogurt and cheese sticks can be purchased in ready-to- eat portions that make healthy, filling, tasty snacks. Yogurt and cheese are packed with calcium, which is great for growing bones. Buy yogurt with the least amount of sugar.

Wrap high-protein, low-fat, low-sodium deli meat around a cheese stick for a tasty, filling snack during the school day. Cheese slices and apple wedges also make a flavorful, protein-filled snack. Or try hard boiled eggs or unsalted nuts.
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