Tangipahoa Parish - Flavors of Health Newsletter - February 2020

2020 February Newsletter

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Small Changes, Healthy Habits

We are in the month of February and nearing February 15th, which is the date the average American stops their New Year’s resolution. To help you succeed and stick to your resolution, join our SMALL Changes, Healthy Habits program! This program provides tools to identify habits and how to make healthy eating and physical activity changes.

How can I change my habits?

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), to start changing a habit, the first step is to choose the size of the change, and, “start with a change where you think you can experience success”. If you know you are great at going to the gym or walking at least once a week and done so in the past, that is a start, because you have experienced success in that area. NIH also recommends to “re-size” the habit, by making it smaller or larger in order to succeed and build on the habit. If you are successful at going to the gym once a week, increase your walking plan to two times per week. If you want to lose weight, find ways to make changes to achieve your goals one step at a time. Another recommendation is to track your progress, by logging information in a journal, downloading apps such as Super Tracker or Calorie Counter. It is also recommended that motivation to overcome obstacles is important, by checking in with supportive friends and family members with updates of your journey, such as if you walked the stairs instead of riding the elevator, cooked at home for a week, did not eat out, brought your lunch to work, or limited drinking sugary sweetened beverages.

Starting small and where you think you can succeed is a great tool to begin changing habits. To learn more about healthy lifestyles and how LSU AgCenter’s “SMALL Changes, Healthy Habits” evolved, Join our classes to learn more about how to make healthy choices! See pictures below of previous SMALL Changes, Healthy Habits participants engage in pantry makeover, grocery store tour, knife, and cooking skills.

Dining with Diabetes Classes

Conducted by:

Keisha Fletcher, MPA, CHC
Area Nutrition Agent
LSU AgCenter
KFletcher@agcenter.lsu.edu and Community Partner

The 5-part program ($25 all 5 classes included in fee) will include:

  • 5 Weekly 1.5 hour classes
  • Sample Tasty diabetic-friendly foods
  • Recipe and Food Safety Booklet
  • Meal Planning
  • Food demonstrations and tasting
  • Tools to keep you on track and motivated

Thursday’s at
Ponchatoula Area Recreation District #1
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
42074 North Hoover Road
Ponchatoula, LA 70454

DateClass Description
March 12What is Diabetes?
Learn about insulin, glucose, different types of diabetes

March 19 Carbohydrates and Sweeteners

Learn about carbs and how they affect blood sugar levels.

April 2Fats and Sodium
Learn about good fats and fats that need to be avoided.

April 9 Vitamins, Minerals, and Fiber
Importance of Vitamins, Minerals, and Fiber and the Importance of Physical Activity

Follow-up Reunion-Date will be announced

Call Keisha Fletcher at (985) 748-9381.

Register online by March 6, 2020 at:

Visit LSU AgCenter store to register for Dining with Diabetes.

The LSU AgCenter and LSU provides equal opportunities in employment and programs. If you need special accommodation for your participation in the event, please contact Keisha Fletcher at the above number at least two weeks prior to event.

Dining with Diabetes -Tangiphaoa Parish March 2020 PDF

LSU AgCenter’s February Nutrition Events

Small Changes, Healthy Habits

Small Changes, Healthy Habits-4-part educational series, learn how to change eating and physical activity habits through habits training, pantry makeover, grocery store tour at Rouses Market #61 in Hammond, LA and knife and cooking skills. This is part II of a pilot program, the last series was offered in September 2019, in which 9 participants enrolled. The cost of the series (4 classes) is $10. Dates: February 24, March 2, March 9, and March 16 Time: 10:00 am-11:30 am Location: Hammond Recreation Center-601 West Coleman Street Hammond, LA 70403. Registration is required. Register here for Small Changes, Healthy Habits.

Lunch and Learn

Join LSU AgCenter's monthly Lunch and Learn "Clean Eating" at the City of Hammond Recreation Center. The event will include recommendations on what is clean eating, how to incorporate healthy food options (in its most natural state) in your daily lifestyle, and what foods to avoid during clean eating? We will also have a light food tasting sponsored by the City of Hammond Recreation Center. Registration is required online via Eventbrite. Contact area nutrition agent, Keisha Fletcher, MPA, CHC at (985) 748-3787 or KFletcher@agcenter.lsu.edu for special accommodations. Follow us on Facebook @Tangipahoaparishfcs. Cost: Free Event Location: City of Hammond Recreation Center 601 West Coleman Avenue Hammond, LA 70403 Date: February 28, 2020 Time: 11:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. Register here for Clean Eating Lunch and Learn.

February 2020 Newsletter PDF

For more information, contact your local Tangipahoa LSU AgCenter Office:

Tangipahoa Office | 305 East Oak Street | Amite, Louisiana 70422 | Phone: 985-748-9381 | Fax: 985-748-3787

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you require special accommodations to register, please contact Keisha Fletcher at (985) 758-9381.

The LSU AgCenter and LSU provides equal opportunities in employment and programs.

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