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Meetings to be held

By Roberta Hunt

It’s not news to us since we have been bombarded with newspaper articles, television news reports and magazine articles about the childhood and nationwide obesity rates.  Many of us have made promises to ourselves and family members that come the “new” year we would make the changes necessary for our family to eat healthier.  Follow-through is often hard and excuses are easier to make. What can we do to get family members, especially children started on a healthier lifestyle?
Smart choices can often be simple if we take a moment to think things through.  When there isn’t time for breakfast, grab a banana, apple or any other fruit as you head out the door. Take whole wheat crackers and reduced fat cheese along with you.  Pack veggies, nuts or dried fruit for a snack or snack on pretzels or popcorn. Try taking leftovers and eating on the way. At a fast food restaurant try a grilled chicken sandwich and a side salad, split an order of fries or a dessert with a friend and leave off the mayo and sauces when ordering a sandwich!
To cut fat in meals, use a cooking spray instead of oil to sauté foods.  Trim visible fat from meat and remove skin from poultry.  Instead of cheese and heavy salad dressings, add fiber-rich beans and peas to your salad meals.
Often times the biggest mistake is waiting to start the next day or the next time you go grocery shopping.  Make the commitment for yourself and the health of your family to start today.  What we teach our children today will have a tremendous impact on their lives tomorrow.
For additional nutrition information, contact the Washington County Extension Office.

UPCOMING DATES
4-H Sharpshooters will meet on Monday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the new National Guard Armory for a mandatory safety meeting.
4-H Hooves and Horns will meet on Tuesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the extension office.
The 4-H Teen Club will be visiting the Frazier Museum in Louisville on Thursday, March 10.  Deadline to register is March 8.
Thursday, March 10, 4-H Candy Sale begins.
Invitational Livestock Judging Contest will be Saturday, March 12, at 8:30 a.m. at the Washington County Livestock Center.  Pre-registration is required.  
Best Sewers in Town 4-H Club will meet on Saturday, March 12, 9:00 a.m. at the extension office.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race,
color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.