By Gina Noe
MADISON COUNTY —
For the past 100 years, families in Kentucky have looked to the Cooperative Extension Service to learn better ways to be healthy.
Starting in 1914, home demonstration agents brought the latest research to farm kitchens on outdoor canning clubs, showing new ways to preserve garden produce to prevent food-borne illness.
During World War II, growing good food and using nutrition to keep soldiers and the home front healthy was a patriotic priority for both home demonstration agents and the families they served.
Today, families continue to turn to the Cooperative Extension Service as they want to know even more about food and nutrition to feel good, look good and enjoy a long healthy life. During the month of March, which is National Nutrition Month, the Madison County Extension Service will be hosting events to help clientele create healthy meal plans and add variety to their diet.
On March 4 at 6:30 p.m. join Baptist Health dietitians for a presentation on healthy eating focusing on vegetarian meals. These dishes can be nutritious, delicious, and economical. Even if you don’t want to eat vegetarian every day, by choosing a meal every now and then you may find some new favorites for your table.
The dietitians will explain vegetarian diet plans and discuss multiple health advantages to eating vegetarian meals, even as little as once a week. Participants will also get to sample some vegetarian dishes. Recipes will be provided.
The dietitians will also be on hand to answer basic nutrition and meal planning questions. Seating is limited so call Megan Tracy at 859-625-3156 to register soon.
Mavis Snell, a visiting Extension Homemaker from Trinidad, will be sharing the culture and foods of her country at 6 p.m. March 6. Mavis will be demonstrating pamie, a delicious spoon bread type dish made with cornmeal, pumpkin and spices.
She will also share her recipe for calaloo, a famous soup like stew, made from spinach. Sign up by calling 859-623-4072 so we will have plenty of samples.
To get started creating a healthier diet for you and your family, visit the USDAﾕs research-based site, www.choosemyplate.gov. The site contains a wealth of tools and tips to help you plan and personalize what you put on your plate to get what your body needs to feel great.
The Madison County Cooperative Extension Service also has resources and publications on nutrition, meal planning, food budgeting, couponing and other subjects to help you provide healthy and economical food choices for your family.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.