2019 FCS September Newsletter

Robin Landry, Gautreaux, Becky, McCarty, Shatonia, Williams, Tiffany, Armentor, Mandy, Brown, Kylee A., Randazzo, Jessica, ajordan, Gibson, Amanda

Nutrition News

Southwest Region Monthly Newsletter
Health Awareness

September is

  • Better Breakfast Month
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • Food Safety Education Month
  • Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month
  • Whole Grains Month
  • Rice Month
  • Guacamole Day 16th
  • Better Breakfast Day 25th
  • Coffee Day 29th

Chew on This: September is National Childhood Obesity Month

Children who are obese are at higher risk for having chronic health conditions and diseases. They can be bullied and teased and are more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem and are more likely to be obese as adults.

Many factors can have an impact on childhood obesity, including eating and physical activity behaviors, genetics, metabolism, family and home environment, and community and social factors. Parents can help prevent obesity and support healthy growth in children by ensuring they maintain a healthy weight. Things parents can do to help their children achieve a healthy weight and maintain it include: providing nutritious, lower-calorie foods such as fruits and vegetables at meals and as snacks, limit foods and drinks high in added sugars and solid fats, encouraging them to drink water and limit juice intake, and helping them get the recommended amount of physical activity each day. Be a role model! Eat healthy meals and snacks, and get the right amount of physical activity every day.

Get Moving: Go Play, Your Way!

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend adults get at least 150 minutes a week of physical activity, but think about how much time is spent every day sitting down- on the couch, or in front of a computer at the office- that can add up to more than half your lifetime! In addition to your regular physical activity, there are a few ways you can get stretching and moving, even while at your desk. Chair exercises are a great way to stimulate muscle movement and strength by slowly stretching each part of your body, from your toes and ankles up to your shoulders neck and head for a few minutes. Set a reminder every hour or so to take a 10 minute break to move and stretch. Taking a few minutes every day to get moving can increase your metabolism, focus and productivity all day long.

Get Growing: September Gardening

Even though it still feels like summer it is time to start planting your fall garden. There are many things you can grow in your backyard that are both delicious and nutritious. September is a great time to plant onions, carrots, beets and radishes from seeds and transplanting Brussels sprouts. Carrots are high in vitamin A which helps keep eyes and skin healthy as well as helping you maintain good blood pressure. Brussels sprouts are a good source of vitamin C which helps keep teeth and gums healthy as well as healing cuts. It is the optimal time to plant both of those. For more information, consult the Louisiana Vegetable Planning Guide from the LSU AgCenter to find out which vegetables can be grown when and what soil conditions are needed to optimize the growth of your garden vegetables.

What to plant nowDays until Harvest
Brussels sprouts (from transplant)90

Stirring it Up: New Orleans Red Beans


1 pound dry red beans
8 cups water
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
2 teaspoons dried, crushed thyme
4 bay leaves
1 cup chopped bell pepper
3 tablespoons chopped garlic
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt and ground black pepper, each


1. Pick through beans to remove any bad beans; rinse thoroughly.

2. In a large pot, combine beans, water, onion, celery and bay leaves. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and cook over low heat for about 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Take about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of beans out of pot and mash in a bowl.

3. Return mashed beans to pot, along with bell pepper, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt and black pepper. Cook, uncovered, over low heat until creamy (about 30 minutes). Remove bay leaves and serve with rice (brown or white). Yields 8 servings.

Nutrition information for a 1 1/4 cup serving

202 Calories, Total Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 315 mg, Total Carbohydrate 37 g, Dietary Fiber 10 g, Total Sugars 1 g, Added Sugars 0g, Protein 13 g

Source: USDA Mixing Bowl.

Healthy Communities Showcase

To learn more about Healthy Communities in your parish, please contact your local extension office.

SW Region Nutrition Agents: Robin Landry, FCS Regional Coordinator; Mandy Armentor, MS, RD, LDN; Shatonia McCarty, MS, RD, LDN; Becky Gautreaux, MA, RD, LDN; Tiffany Williams, MS, RD, LDN; Kylee Brown, Jessica Randazzo, Angell Jordan, Amanda Gibson, RDN, LDN

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. The Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Attention! It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability.

9/17/2019 5:01:41 PM
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