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This Fall is a great time to stop dieting and start a lifestyle of healthy balanced nutrition! Life - and nutrition - is all about timing and balance. The My Plate System is a great tool to demonstrate proper portion and balance in your diet. The basics of My Plate are that half of your palte should be fruits and/or vegetables, and to me that is the key to a healthy weight. I recommend two cups of vegetables at lunch and at dinner, to fill you up and keep you nutritionally sound and energized!

How can you help your kids eat healthier? A large part of healthy kid nutrition is related to adequate levels of physical activity.

 

Kids who are active do a better job making healthier food choices when compared to non-active or less-active kids. This ist he same phenomenon observed in adults - active adults tend to weigh less, have less disease and have a healthier diet. So the first step to healthier children is to get them active for one hour, seven daysa  week. Physical activity is any physical movement that increases haert rate, increases breathing rate and makes them sweat. Playing games, exercising, horseback riding, sports participation, or anything else that gets them up and moving is acceptable.

People come to the café continually and ask about food and nutrition. They often ask me about weight maintenance and protein consumption. I’m not a nutritionist, but it is surprising how many people overlook both the commonsense answers, and the basic science of how our bodies use food.

On August 28th Paul Apana from the Village Tavern taught a group of Gainey Village members how to make a fresh fruit salsa with agave nectar and cinnamon pita chips. Then for a fun appetizer or entree, he made sauteed beef sliders with brie cheese, sauteed onions and balsamic reduction. YUM! Here are the recipes if you are brave enough to make these delicious dishes!

Heat exhaustion is a condition causing heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body’s core temperature overheating. It's one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe.

Causes of heat exhaustion include exposure to high temperatures with high humidity usually during strenuous physical activity. Without prompt treatment, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke. Fortunately, heat exhaustion is preventable.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 1 in every 400 children and adolescents have diabetes, with 25.6 million people aged 20 or over living with diabetes! In the age group of 65 and older 10.9 million people are affected by diabetes. Yes, it’s true, diabetes has become a national epidemic. Surprisingly, there are an estimated 7 million people that have diabetes and don’t know it, and an astonishing 79 million people have prediabetes – meaning if they continue living the way they do, they will most likely be living with the disease in the future, due to blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

What can we do to stop this in America? The first step to prevention and elimination is education, to learn exactly what the signs and symptoms are, and knowing what to do if you are experiencing the warning signs. Remember, you don’t have to be elderly to be a candidate for diabetes.

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