2019 FCS April Newsletter

Robin B. Landry, Templet, Loretta

Nutrition News
Southwest Region Monthly Newsletter

Health Awareness

April is

Walking Day - 3rd
Fresh Tomato - Day 6th
Garlic Day - 19th
Earth Day - 22nd
Public Health Week 1st-5th
Garden Week 8th-12th
Stress Awareness Month
Garden Month
Pecan Month
Soy Foods Month
Celery Month
Cancer Control Month

Chew on This: Re-think Stress

We all are stressed at some point in our lives. Stress is how the brain and body respond to minor or major stressors. Some people cope with stress more effectively or recover from stressful events more quickly than others. But if the stress response becomes chronic, health problems such as depression, anxiety, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, eating disorders, gastrointestinal problems and many more can occur. Nutrition and stress are interlinked; and when our bodies are poorly fed, stress takes an even greater toll on our health. The brain needs glucose to work and eating regularly throughout the day helps to stabilize blood glucose levels. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that work to neutralize harmful molecules that are produced when the body is in stress. Omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like walnuts, flax seed and fish oil are associated with brain function; and deficiency of these can result in depression and/or anxiety. High fiber foods increase alertness and helps to cope with stress. In addition, indulge in exercise when stressed. Aerobic exercise boosts oxygen circulation and bumps up the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters. So next time you are stressed, use healthy nutritious foods and exercise to reduce your stress.

Get Moving: Go Play, Your Way!

Do you know your target heart rate? Most individuals’ target heart rate should lie between 60-100 beats per minute (bpm). Many factors can affect this, such as stress, anxiety, hormones, medication, and physical fitness. Your maximum heart rate can be calculated by taking 220 minus your age. Your resting heart rate should be taken before you get out of bed and grab that coffee. When excising moderately, your heart rate should be between 50-70% of your maximum. If you are exercising vigorously, your rate should fall between 70-85%. To take your heart rate without a wearable device (Fitbit), take your pulse on the inside of your wrist, on the thumb side. Use the tips of your first two fingers (not your thumb) and press lightly over the artery. Count your pulse for 30 seconds and multiply by 2 to find your beats per minute. See the box below for general target heart rate guidelines.

Exercise: Target Heart Rate Zone

Target HR Zone 50-85%
Average Maximum Heart Rate, 100%
20100-170 bpm200 bpm
30 95-162 bpm190 bpm
35 93-157 bpm185 bpm
40 90-153 bpm 180 bpm
45 88-149 bpm175 bpm
50 85-145 bpm170 bpm
55 83-140 bpm165 bpm

Get Growing Gardening

Garden Your Way to Mindfulness
Working in a garden is a great way to be physically active, but did you know that it also helps to reduce stress? Whether you are planting produce for your family to enjoy or providing beautiful landscaping for your home, gardening can provide a sense of peacefulness. A Dutch research study found that gardening can lead to lower cortisol levels, a hormone produced in our bodies in response to stress. When we feel the dirt, smell the plants, and see the outdoors we are engaging multiple senses that encourage being present in the moment. This is a great distraction away from our fast-paced, action-filled lives. Other benefits include a sense of ownership and accomplishment for learning a new skill leading to a better sense of self-esteem. There are many types of gardens so choose one that fits your lifestyle. Gardening should not grow to be a chore, but a hobby that you can enjoy by yourself or with family members.

What to plant now Days until harvest
Summer squash50-90

Stirring it Up: Strawberry Planks

2 graham cracker squares
2 teaspoons tub-style light cream cheese
2 medium strawberries, sliced

1. Break graham cracker squares along the perforation, making four rectangles.
2. Spread cream cheese evenly over rectangles. Arrange a few strawberry slices on each rectangle.
Optional: If desired, sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar.
Prep Time 5 Minutes

Nutrition Information for Recipe
Serving size: 4 cracker rectangles with cream cheese and strawberries
Per serving: 90 calories; 3 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 13 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 15 mcg folate; 7 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 136 IU vitamin A; 14 mg vitamin C; 21 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 114 mg sodium; 56 mg potassium
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (23% daily value)
Source: Strawberry Planks recipe

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

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

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.

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.

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