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Monday, January 2, 2017

Try 'SuperTracker' to Lose Weight in the New Year

By Mary Schroeder, Extension educator and registered dietitian

Did you make a New Year's resolution to lose weight? If so, this should interest you: Research shows that people who track what they eat and their physical activity are more likely to lose weight.

As a dietitian, I have found this to be true. People who track what they eat and drink lose weight easier than those that don't. This is true, in part, because the act of recording something raises awareness, which usually leads to action.

You can record everything you eat and drink, as well your physical activity, the old-fashioned way by writing things down on paper — in a notebook or on a calendar, for example. Or you can use one of the many online tools or apps that help you track your food and activity.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Stay on Track When Cooking for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us! For some individuals and families, that means extra spending for gifts, food, and entertainment. This extra spending can be burdensome for many as it is often beyond their usual spending. Unfortunately, many find themselves with additional debt at the end of the holiday season.

Just as with gifts, preparing special and traditional holiday food can be costly and push an individual or family beyond their typical spending. Mary Jo Katras, program leader for family resiliency, shares the following ideas for staying on track.

About Our Programs: I CAN Prevent Diabetes

By Sara Van Offelen, Regional Coordinator — Health and Nutrition, SNAP-Ed

One in three adults in the United States are at risk for type 2 diabetes, and most don’t know it. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in people with prediabetes when they make simple changes to increase physical activity and lose weight. University of Minnesota Extension Health and Nutrition staff teach Minnesotans who are at risk for diabetes how to make these simple changes through the program Individuals and Communities Acting Now to Prevent Diabetes© (I CAN Prevent Diabetes).
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