Where Do I get It? Nutrition February/March 2017

Sarah Isom, Clifton, Cynthia

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Healthy Communities Program

Healthy Communities program is a program that engages the community at all levels: planning, development, implementation and evaluation. St. John the Baptist and St. James Parishes met on November 16, 2016 to start the process of a healthy communities program gathering ideas from each parish to see what their needs are to build up the parishes and make them healthy and strong in physical activities.

Some of the feedback given from each parish included:

  • School system structure of Government – Smart Growth
  • Walking paths and trails
  • Jump Start Program
  • Walking programs at school
  • More nutrition programs
  • 4-H programs
  • School/community gardens
  • Culinary arts in high schools
  • Diabetes education
  • After school recreation programs focusing on healthy eating and activities

Nutrition Blog


The most common risk factors of cardiovascular disease is poor diet and lack of physical activity which causes overweight or obesity.

Heart Healthy Eating Tips

  • Limit saturated fat and sugar
  • Avoid food that contains hydrogenated oils
  • Limit salt intake
  • Never skip breakfast
  • Make a habit or reading food labels
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Eat out less/Eat fewer packaged foods
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Eat slowly

Healthy Recipe

Louisiana Sweet Potato Soufflé


6 sweet potatoes or 3 large cans 24-28 oz.

1 cup white sugar

½ cup whole milk

½ cup melted butter or Brummel & Brown Spread

1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

2 large eggs, beaten

½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

5 tablespoons melted butter or Brummel & Brown Spread

1 cup chopped Louisiana pecans


In a large stockpot, cover sweet potatoes with 1 inch of water, bring to boil for 20 minutes, or until fork tender. Larger potatoes may take quite a while longer! Drain, allow to cool and remove skins. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or butter one 2 quart casserole dish. Place potatoes in a mixing bowl and mash with potato masher until smooth, add sugar, milk, butter, vanilla, eggs and salt. Mix well. Pour sweet potato mixture into the casserole dish. Prepare the topping in a small bowl by whisking together the brown sugar, flour, butter and pecans. Sprinkle topping over potato mixture and bake for 40 minutes.

Walk Off Weight

Learn how to lose 3 TIMES MORE FAT the easy way. Research shows that women who walked and listened to music lost twice as much weight as a group without music.

Hear the good news loud and clear – walking to music can help you burn 3 TIMES MORE FAT than regular walking programs – and IN HALF THE TIME.

If you would like to participate in any of these nutrition workshops, please call Cynthia Clifton at 985-497-3261.

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