Healthy Living Blog
Healthy Holiday Tips
The holidays are a time to enjoy
the people we love and all the delicious food. Surprising to most, you can have both,
family and food, while being healthy at the same time! Here are a few tips and
tricks to read and practice during the holiday celebrations to come!
- Don’t skip meals during the day. This
could result in overeating.
- Have breakfast. Research shows that those who eat this important morning meal tend to consume less
and more healthy foods throughout the day.
- Include lots of fiber in your
diet. Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains. High fiber foods are high
in volume and will satisfy hunger, but are lower in calories.
- Use a smaller plate. This allows you to put
less food on your plate and encourages proper portion sizes.
- Fill your plate with
vegetables and salad first. Then fill your plate with the entrees and desserts. Eating a salad
before your meal can help you to not overeat.
- Eat slowly and savor every bite. This will help you to recognize when you are full.
- Wait 10 minutes. Before going back for seconds wait 10 minutes to see if you really are
- Be physically active after dinner. This
is a great time to go for a walk and catch up with family members, or play
catch or a game of basketball with the kids.
November is DiabetesAwareness Month,
and for the most part, we all know the
basics of diabetes: there are 2 types- type 1 & type 2, with type 1 typically being
diagnosed in children and young adults, and type 2 being diagnosed later on,
hence it’s alternate name, adult-onset diabetes. We know that diabetes involves
glucose and insulin levels in our bodies, primarily the body not producing
insulin (type 1) or the body not using insulin properly (type 2). We all know
that some of the risk factors include: unhealthy diet, lack of physical
activity, and a family history. But, there are still some diabetes myths that
If you are overweight or obese, you will
eventually develop type 2 diabetes.
Being overweight is a risk factor for
diabetes, but there are other factors to consider as well- age, family history
and ethnicity. Most people who are overweight never develop type 2 diabetes,
and many people with type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight.
Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
Fact: The answer is not so simple for this one;
type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics, while type 2 is caused partly by
genetics and partly lifestyle factors. Overweight and obesity are risk factors,
and weight gain in general can contribute to your risk. Foods high in sugar can
cause that weight gain, but so can other unhealthy foods (foods high in trans
fats and saturated fats, empty carbohydrates, etc.). Sugary foods aren’t the
Myth: People with diabetes should eat a special
Fact: A healthy diet is the same for someone with
diabetes and someone without. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables, foods low in
saturated and trans fats, and lean proteins are all part of a balanced diet recommended
Myth: People with diabetes can’t eat sweets or
Fact: Just like for any person, with or without
diabetes, sweet treats are ok if eaten in moderation.
Myth: People with diabetes are more likely to get
colds and other illnesses.
Fact: People with diabetes are not at a higher
risk for getting sick than the average Joe. However, it is recommended for
those with diabetes to get a flu shot, as getting the flu, or any other
sickness, makes it harder to control diabetes.
Myth: You can catch diabetes from someone else.
Fact: No. Diabetes is not contagious.
Still curious about diabetes? Find out more here,
or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also assess your risk for developing prediabetes here.
*Myth debunking done by the American Diabetes
October is National Farm to School Month
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to
lift-up the connections happening all over the country between students and
local food. Whether you’re an educator, farmer, food producer, parent, student,
food enthusiast or advocate, everyone can celebrate and take action this month.
What is Farm to School:
Farm to school helps communities have fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing the way food is purchased and how education is practiced with in schools and early care and education (ECE) sites. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while also strengthening the local economy and contributing to bright communities. Farm to school will always have the following three core elements:
- Procurement- purchase of local foods and then promoting and serving these foods with in the cafeterias, as a snack, or in classroom taste-tests.
- Education- students participate in education activities that help them earn about agriculture, food, health and nutrition.
- School gardens- students participate with hands on learning through gardening either in classrooms or at a school outdoor or greenhouse garden.
A good thing to remember about Farm to School is that kids win, farmers win, and our communities win!
Here are three easy ways you can kick off National
Farm to School Month today:
- Sign the National Farm to School Network’s Take Action
Pledge and commit to taking action to advance farm to school in your community
this October. Add your name to the pledge and you’ll be entered to win the Farm
to School Month sweepstakes! Ten winners will receive a prize package that
includes: assets from the Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden™
program, a Stand Learn student standing desk, and a collection of seeds from
High Mowing Organic Seeds. No action is too small – take the pledge now!
- Explore National Farm to School Network’s national calendar of Farm to School
Month events and see what celebrations are taking place in your community.
- Download free National Farm to School Month materials and resources, including
stickers, posters, coloring sheets, bookmarks and more, available in our
Resource Library. Share these materials to help spread the word about farm to
Stay tuned for more ways to celebrate this October,
including the #FarmtoSchool101 Tweet Chat on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 12-1 P.M. ET,
and special guest posts on the National Farm to School Network’s blog all month
long. Happy National Farm to School Month!
The information in this post was found on the National
Farm to school Network’s Website. For more information, visit them here.
Safety in a SNAP
Safety in a SNAP
How many of us walked or biked to school back in
the day? Probably most of us! Nowadays, kids are shuttled to school even if
school is down the road. From 1969 to 2009, there was a 35% decrease in the
number of children who usually walked to school (National Center for Safe
Routes to School, 2011). Why? 30.4% of parents reported their kids didn’t walk
to school due to Traffic-related danger. This is completely understandable; no
one wants their kid walking to school if it’s unsafe. This is why the Utah
Department of Transportation (UDOT) created the Student Neighborhood Access
Program (SNAP). This fun and comprehensive program for walking and biking
safely to school engages and educates students, their parents, school staff,
and entire communities.
How can you become involved? Get together with
your PTA and School Administration to identify the safest route for your
school. Use these resources to help you get started and ramp up additional
Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
Walking School Bus
Walk More in 4
Benefits of walking and biking safely to school
Need help getting your school and community involved?
Email us at email@example.com
National Farmers Market Week is Here!
Farmers Market Week is Here!
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, from the USDA, has proclaimed
Aug. 6-12 to be National Farmers Market Week. This is the 18th year USDA has
supported local producers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from,
farmers and vendors at their local market.
This annual event, sponsored by the USDA, highlights the important role farmers
markets play in our nation's food system. And we invite you to join the
At farmers markets, we meet our community,
access affordable, healthy produce, and support family farmers who
overwhelmingly use farming practices that protect our environment. These are all benefits that impact each of
us, and are all reasons to support farmers markets not just this week, but all
Remember, every day we eat, we owe our thanks to a farmer. Whether you spend a
little or a lot, pay a visit to a farmer’s market this week, and show them just
how much they're truly appreciated.
Salt Lake County Farmers Markets can be found here:
Live Well Utah Farmers Market Edition Booklet
Love a good Instagram Contest?
Help us celebrate Farmers Market Week and enter Farmers Market Coalition's (FMC's) #LoveMyMarket
Instagram Contest! All you need is one of our 'I Heart Farmers Markets' temporary
tattoos and a little creativity. How do you enter? Where do you get
tattoos? Are there prizes?
Click here for answers to those questions and more!