Louisiana Agriculture magazine fall 2008.pdf
The LSU AgCenter's Smart Bodies program addresses the issue of obesity in Louisiana.
The LSU AgCenter has named Tara Smith research coordinator at its Sweet Potato Research Station in Chase.
The LSU AgCenter’s Smart Portions Healthy Weight Program was developed to help participants learn healthy lifestyle habits to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Smart Portions, launched in 2007, is the revised version of the Portions Healthy Weight curriculum originally launched in 2001.
Some facts about diabetes from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.
Purchasing food at farmers markets can be a way to promote the consumptiion of more fruits and vegetables, which is associated with a reduced risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, with a reduced risk of cancers (oral cavity and pharynx, larynx, lung, esophagus, stomach and colon-rectal) and with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
To help address the epidemic of obesity in Louisiana, the chancellor of the LSU AgCenter, Bill Richardson, started a blog in October 2007 to document his experiences in making a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. In the daily Monday-through-Friday blog, known as the Chancellor’s Challenge, he used educational information and recommendations that the LSU AgCenter espouses to the residents of Louisiana.
Sleep is essential for human life and gives the body the opportunity to repair itself. Bodily functions change during sleep: hormones are secreted, blood pressure is lowered, kidney function changes, and memory is consolidated.
Definitions are provided for type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
Sugarcane growers are having one of their best years ever when it comes to the level of recoverable sugar per ton of cane, although yields are slightly off the early predictions of 34-35 tons of cane per acre, said Ben Legendre, LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist.
Carol Lammi-Keefe, professor and head of the Human Nutrition and Food Division in the LSU AgCenter’s School of Human Ecology, is the lead editor of a new book published in 2008 – Handbook of Nutrition and Pregnancy.
A study on the heating of tomato plants grown in greenhouses by an LSU AgCenter scientist is the cover story of the April-June 2008 issue of HortTechnology, a research publication of the American Society for Horticultural Science that has subscribers in 50 countries.
WESTWEGO – “This is all about getting people involved in locally grown food,” LSU AgCenter vice chancellor Paul Coreil said of the newly opened Westwego Farmers and Fisheries Market.
Many diseases and conditions associated with aging and being overweight are associated with chronic inflammation.
Our grandmothers were right. A common adage for many of us when we were growing up – especially if we lived in states like Louisiana with coastal waters that provided a living for its workforce – was that fish is brain food.
After birth, every person’s gastrointestinal tract (gut) becomes filled with microorganisms, mainly bacteria. These are often referred to as our microflora. The majority of these are located in the large intestine.
Nearly 2,500 years ago Hippocrates made a profound statement that is receiving much attention today. He said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Ten LSU AgCenter faculty members were part of a multi-state team that received the 1st Place National and Southern Region Program Excellence through Research Award at the Galaxy III National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) conference held Sept. 15-19 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Food safety is a growing concern in the United States, and the LSU AgCenter has a major commitment to helping the Louisiana food industry control bacteria that cause food poisoning.
Assuring the safety of our food supply is a major program effort of the LSU AgCenter. Extension agents and specialists provide research-based food safety information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the LSU AgCenter.
LSU AgCenter researchers are testing how incorporating functional food ingredients into manufactured dairy products could improve their health-giving benefits and how these health-beneficial ingredients affect the physical, chemical and sensory characteristics of dairy products.
A compound in the fats in Louisiana oysters could be a key ingredient in treating and preventing cancer, according to Jack Losso, LSU AgCenter food science researcher.
Research at the LSU AgCenter is focused on how the brain senses macronutrients – protein, carbohydrate and fat – and how this sensing leads to a change in the control of appetite and obesity.
Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose (sugar) to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy.
Heed the following tips to prevent the onset of diabetes.
Following are tips for controlling portion size as you eat.
Drinking tea to lose weight may not be a farfetched idea if a group of Louisiana researchers can pinpoint and quantify the functional components of Chinese sweet tea and blackberry leaves.
One year later and 40 pounds lighter, the chancellor of the LSU AgCenter has changed to a healthier lifestyle.Bill Richardson, who is 6-foot-1 and weighs just under 220, did this by methodically following guidelines prescribed by AgCenter nutrition educators.
These news articles appeared in the fall 2008 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.
The LSU AgCenter offers nutrition lessons for adults and youth in a program called Smart Choices.