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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Reflecting on Holistic Health

By Jamie Bain, Extension Educator — Health and Nutrition

It can be difficult to focus on health and wellness in December. It seems like everywhere we turn there are sweets and treats and parties to attend — all centered on large portions of yummy food. No one’s saying that you shouldn’t indulge a little here and there. Just remember to enjoy every bite and everything in moderation!

But healthy eating isn’t all what this post is about. It’s mostly about another aspect of health we often don’t think about — our emotional and social well-being. So go ahead and make a resolution to eat healthy and exercise more in the new year. But you can adopt a holistic vision of health right now, and start practicing two aspects of that vision that are often overlooked: mindfulness and reflection.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Yes — You Can Prevent Diabetes

By Mary Schroeder, Extension educator and registered dietitian

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. About 1 in 4 people in the United States have diabetes. In addition, many people have prediabetes. This means their blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Unfortunately, nearly 90 percent of adults who have prediabetes don’t even know it.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Through Grant, Extension Helps Fresh Connect Food Hub Grow

“What about a food hub?”

This is the question Dana Reith, Janes Eastes, and Melissa Mattson of Lakes County Service Cooperative (LCSC) asked in 2012. Two years later, they had established the Fresh Connect Food Hub in Fergus Falls — an effort that included a 12-week pilot season during which more than 34,000 pounds of produce from nine farms were distributed to 12 school districts, a hospital, and a nursing home in West Central Minnesota. Growers anticipate distributing an even greater volume of produce by the end of the food hub’s second season later this fall.
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