By Gina Noe
Most people understand the role nutrition plays in overall health, but did you know that you can actually prevent and manage specific diseases by eating healthfully as well?
For instance, eating heart healthy foods can help lower high blood pressure, which reduces the risk of both heart attack and stroke.
Even if you don’t have high blood pressure, eating a heart healthy diet reduces your chances of heart disease in the future.
During the month of March, which is National Nutrition Month, the Madison County Cooperative Extension Service will be offering several programs to help you and your family make better nutrition choices.
All classes are free and open to the public, but please pre-register so we will have plenty of supplies and seating.
If you are not making healthy choices for your family because you think healthy foods are more expensive, sign up for “Couponing for Parents” on Tuesday, March 12, at either 9 a.m. or 6 p.m.
In this class, we will explore ways to find coupons, getting organized, coupon lingo and coupon etiquette.
It is possible to find coupons and good deals on healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Bring your unused/non-expired coupons for a coupon swap and be prepared to share your best coupon tips.
In this hurry-up society, cooking a hot nutritious meal can be a challenge. Many families choose to stop by a fast food restaurant on the way home just to get a meal on the table.
On Thursday, March 14, at 2:30 p.m. or 6 p.m., you can learn to slow cook for a fast meal.
Discover new and old recipes, slow cooker safety and how to cook it slow to save money. Register by March 11.
For many families, snack foods include chips, soft drinks and cookies, foods packed with lots of calories and few nutrients.
On Thursday, March 28, Jennifer Howard, Clark County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, will present a class on hummus.
Made from chickpeas, this dip or spread is good for you and is great alongside baked chips or vegetables.
Jennifer will demonstrate how to make hummus and vary the flavor with the spices and ingredients you add. Register by March 22.
Call 859-623-4072 to register for any or all of the above classes.
On Tuesday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m., Baptist Health will present Diabetes 101.
Attendees will learn healthy, diabetic recipes through interactive cooking classes demonstrated by Baptist Health Richmond Dietitians. They also will be available after the class to answer your questions about diabetes.
Tamera Evans, M.D.. will present her Diabetes 101 course on diabetes prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
To register for this program, visit www.BaptistHealthRichmond.com/Diabetes. For more information, call 859-625-3156.
Remember, you are what you eat.
I hope to see you in March.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.