Nutrition News - October 2018

Mandy Armentor, Trahan, Tammy D.

Health Awareness

October is

Walk to School Day 10th Handwashing Day 15th
Chocolate Day 28th
Oatmeal Day 29th
National School Lunch Week 15th-19th
Apple Month
Eat Better Together Month
Farm to School Month
Pasta Month
Vegetarian Awareness Month

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Chew on This: Handwashing 101

“Wash your hands.” We hear it on the news, tell our kids to do so, and have seen it in restrooms in stores, schools, stores and public buildings.It is the best and most simple way to prevent any illness, getting sick and decreases the chances of food poisoning. We should wash our hands most importantly after using the restroom, but also:

  • Before, during and after preparing food and eating food
  • After changing a diaper
  • Before and after caring for a sick adult or child
  • After handling pets, playing or going outside, tending the garden and taking the trash out
  • After touching animals, animal feed and animal waste
  • After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
  • After handling raw meat, fish or poultry; or after handling raw eggs
  • Any time your hands have come in contact with or you touched something that could potentially make you sick

Remember, proper handwashing involves using soap and warm water and scrubbing your hands for 20 seconds. Rinse well with water and dry with a towel or paper towel.

Get Moving: Go Play, Your Way!

Adults should receive 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise three to five days a week. What is aerobic exercise? Aerobic exercise is a heart raising repetitive exercise using large muscle groups for a sustained period. This amount of time could be broken down throughout the day in 5-10 minute bouts.Any exercise that achieves a higher heart rate is acceptable, such as walking, cycling, Zumba, swimming, jogging, or using an elliptical or stair climber machine. Adults should want to choose an exercise program that can be incorporated through their life-style and ability. According to the Dietary Guideline for Americans, the total amount of physical activity is more important than the intensity. Always speak to your doctor before beginning any type of exercise to ensure you are healthy enough,

Facts about Hand Hygiene (Provided by the CDC ):

Studies have shown that handwashing can prevent diseases including the flu, diarrhea, and respiratory infections.Germs are easily transferred from hands to surfaces. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce germs on hands. Alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used when soap and water are not available. Bacteria can live underneath the nails and nail bed, using a nation brush to clean those areas when washing your hands. 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.

Get Growing: Stay active with a Fall Garden in Your Backyard!

Planting a garden is a great way to stay active during the fall and an even better way to get extra nutrients into meals once your vegetables are ready for picking! Starting and taking care of a garden requires plenty of physical activity, whether you build your own garden from scratch or simply transform a portion of your yard into a gardening space. Once your garden is ready to be harvested, everything you grow can be used in your meals and add necessary nutrients to your day. Vegetables grown in the fall are packed with vitamins A, B, C, and K and minerals that are important for the body such as Calcium, folate, potassium and iron!

Healthy Communities Showcase

Environmental (E) Three weeks of nutrition lessons were taught to 1,036 Assumption Parish Middle School students. There were 537 matched pre- and post tests collected. The results of this knowledge assessment indicate that the children increased knowledge by 18.4%.

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

Stirring it Up: Rise and Shine Cobbler


  • Peachesjpg1 cup peaches, canned, drained and sliced
  • 1 cup pear halves, canned, drained and sliced
  • 6 prunes (pitted, each cut in half)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup low-fat granola


1.In a microwave-safe bowl, mix peaches, pears, prunes and vanilla extract.

2.Rub an orange against a grater to remove 1 teaspoon of the orange peel.Then cut the orange in half and squeeze 1/4 cup orange juice.Add orange peel and juice to fruit mixture.Stir and top with granola.

3.Microwave on high for 5 minutes.Let stand for 2 minutes.

4.Spoon into bowls and serve warm.

Nutrition information for a 1 cup serving 290 Calories , Total Fat 1.5g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 65mg, Total Carbohydrate 68 g,Dietary Fiber 6 g, Total Sugars 39 g, Added Sugars included 0 g, Protein 4 g

Health Benefits of Peaches

  • Rich in antioxidants known to fight cancer
  • Contain 10% RDA for Vitamin C
  • Only 60 calories per one cup serving
  • Contain 7% RDA for Vitamin A
  • Can be used to make savory and sweet recipes
  • Has 2 grams of fiber per serving

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

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.

10/4/2018 7:09:27 PM
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