Robin Landry, McCarty, Shatonia, Gautreaux, Becky, Williams, Tiffany, Brown, Kylee A., Randazzo, Jessica, Armentor, Mandy, ajordan, Gibson, Amanda
This issue contains information on Chew on This, Get Moving, Get Growing, and Stirring it up.
Southwest Region Monthly Newsletter
Water is an essential nutrient and should be consumed daily. Water helps to regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, and eliminate body waste. When it comes to keeping hydrated the first thing that normally comes to mind is drinking enough water. Although drinking water is important, it is also possible to get water and other needed nutrients from eating fruits and vegetables. Most fruits and vegetables that are harvested during the summer contain a high percentage of water. Summer fruits are naturally sweet and can be an alternative to beverages that have added sugars. Watermelon is 92% water and is a good source of Vitamin C. Not only can it be eaten whole, but it can be blended or juiced for a refreshing drink. Another summer fruit that can be used to hydrate are cucumbers as they contain approximately 95% water. Watermelon and cucumber pair well in fruit infused water! Another sweet treat that can be enjoyed during the summer is mangos. Mangos come in multiple varieties and are made of approximately 80% water. Keeping hydrated is especially important during summer months due to increased sweating and increased risk for dehydration.
Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires an expenditure of energy. Within Louisiana, the obesity rate has risen to roughly 35.5 percent, with childhood obesity following right at 34 percent. Louisiana is the fifth in the country for high obesity rates, our population state in both physical activity and in attaining proper nutritious lifestyles.
Getting active does not always have to be as difficult as one may think! It can be simple as playing outside with your children, walking the dog, or riding a bike. It is important to try to do something active every day. A minimum of thirty minutes a day can allow you to enjoy the many benefits physical activity can reap. Such benefits include, reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. Physical activity can have immediate as well as long term benefits down the road. Always remember to start out easily, and then to increase your goals as time goes on.
Vegetable gardening in the summer can be time consuming and can be overwhelming. You can keep it small by using containers on your porch or patio. In fact, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes along with herbs can live in pots or containers. For the plants, they have to be large (minimum 5 gallons), have adequate drainage, and the space needs full sunlight. You also want to be sure your watering is timed adequately for the plants to thrive.
Even though we are still very much into summer in August, it is time to start thinking of your fall/winter garden. If you order seeds/plants it is now time to get your broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbages (regular and Chinese), greens (collard, mustard, turnip, and kale), and radishes. August is also a great time to plant bush lima and snap beans if you enjoy fresh beans. Also, there are some varieties of bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, squash, and peppers that can be grown during the fall.
|What to plant now||Days until Harvest|
|Snap Beans, bush||48-55|
|Lima Beans, bush||60-67|
Slice lime, orange and lemon. Combine all ingredients in medium pitcher. Serve over ice.
Notes: Water can be infused with any combinations of fresh fruits for a refreshingly hydrating beverage. Try it with different in-season fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, mint, watermelon and more!
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Environmental (E) In Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Avenue United Methodist Church harvested their first crop from their Faith Families garden. The crop consisted of potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and four types of peppers.
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
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