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Donna Lee, Lucas-Powell, Lekeisha, Seay, Brittney, Robinson, Carolyn  |  6/3/2008 12:19:22 AM

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All About You is a newsletter from the East Carroll Parish office which is distributed bi-monthly. This newsletter provides research-based information you need for your life.

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Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

Submitted by Brittney J. Seay

March is National Nutrition Month, and it has arrived! National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign solely focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year's theme is Savor the Flavor of Eating Right, which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods, that's the best way to savor the flavor of eating right!

Tip 1: Savor the Flavor with Less Sodium! Be sure to read the food label of all food products before purchasing. Make a comparison of the amount of sodium in all of your food products and choose the one with less sodium.

Tip 2: Savor the Flavor with Herbs and Spices! Herbs grow in temperate climates and are the fragrant leaves of plants. Examples of herbs are products such as basil and oregano. Spices grow in tropical areas and come from the bark, buds, fruit, roots, seeds and stems of plants and trees. Examples of spices would be products such as cumin and paprika. Both herbs and spices are great ways to enhance and savor the flavor of whatever you may be preparing. So, for the month of March, try to use less sodium and more herbs and spices for a flavorful taste and healthful benefits!

For more information, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.

5 Ways to Help Kids in Foster Care

Submitted by Lekeisha Lucas-Powell

Did you know that more than 513,000 American children are in foster care? The goal is to safely reunite as many of these children as possible with their parents (if they have the means to support them), or to find loving families they can join. Here are some simple ways you can help:

  1. Donate goods such as books, games, computers, sports equipment, musical instruments, clothing and school supplies to young people in foster care. Find information on local drives and collection locations at National Foster Parent Association http://nfpaonline.org.
  2. Youth with a passion can join a youth-led community effort to raise funds and public awareness to benefit the cause and to fight child abuse and neglect.
  3. Become a pen pal for a student in foster care.
  4. Visit the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home website for more ideas on how to get involved http://www.lbch.org.
  5. Wear a blue ribbon during the month of May (the Foster Care Month official ribbon) and explain why to people who ask about it. You might even attend a local ribbon-tying ceremony to show your support for the foster kids in Louisiana.

Raised Bed Gardens

By Donna R. Lee

Spring is just around the corner, we hope, and our gardening spirits are rising. This year, let's think about something different: raised bed gardens. There are many advantages to raised bed gardens:

  1. Better drainage. Some of our soils are not the best at draining and raised beds help eliminate this problem.
  2. Higher yields. More plants can be grown in a smaller area.
  3. Easy maintenance. Depending on the height of your bed, which you choose, there is less bending making weeding and watering easier.
  4. Less cost involved. A large garden tiller is no longer needed. Seed and fertilizer costs are also lower.
  5. Better soil than what you have which equates to healthy plants with improved yield.

Construction materials should be chosen carefully. Rocks, broken cement pieces and cinder blocks are excellent choices. Treated lumber containing Chromate Copper Arsenate should not be used. Serious health risks are associated with CCA. Lumber treated with Copper Azole and Alkaline Copper Quaternary do not have the health risks of CCA however the copper can leach into the soil causing environmental concerns if excessive amounts are leached. Never use fresh creosote railraod ties as there is the potential to harm you and the plants. Old, discarded ties will not harm plants or you. Large pots, water troughs and even children's plastic swimming pools are great options.

Design is up to you. Usually beds are 4 feet across by your desired length. This width makes it easier to tend the entire bed.

Good topsoil is the best choice for soil in the raised bed. Organic matter can be added to improve the soil making it more productive. Gin trash, peat moss, compost and decomposed manures are great sources.

Mulches used in the bed will help hold water and reduce weed issues. Pine straw and cypress mulch are excellent choices. Cypress mulch does not float as badly as pine nuggets.

Raised beds are not limited to vegetable gardens. Perennial and annual flowers and specimen trees or shrubs will benefit from growing in raised beds.

For questions on raised beds, call County Agent Donna Lee at (318) 559-1459.

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