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EXTENSION CORNER: Virtual community resources for nutrition and physical activity

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As the pandemic continues to challenge us in every way, over time it gets more difficult to focus on being healthy.The Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program can offer virtual resources to the community on healthy eating and physical activity.

Our website can help get people reinvigorated or give others a new start to a healthy lifestyle.Resources for nutrition include nutrition basics like learning the food groups and choosing foods according to the USDA My Plate recommendations.By filing your plate with low-fat, low-sodium and no-added-sugar choices of fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins with a serving of dairy you can get the nutrients your body needs.If filling your plate with the recommended amounts of healthy fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein seems too difficult there are also tips for eating healthy on a budget.The website offers daily and weekly meal planning guides including a two-week menu with a grocery list, recipes and cooking instructions.Try a recipe from us like this curried chicken soup using Thanksgiving leftovers.Substitute your leftover turkey for the chicken.The recipe uses a package of chicken-flavored ramen noodles, fresh or frozen vegetables, shredded chicken or turkey and a medium apple.Cooking is as easy as combining all ingredients with 3 cups of water in a sauce pan, bringing it to a boil and simmering.It is inexpensive, quick to make and serves four.

Even though we cannot gather our friends and family as we may have last year, immediate family members can still …

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On Nutrition: Will oral supplement for wrinkles help?

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Dear Dr. Blonz: I am hoping to learn more about hyaluronic acid as a dietary supplement for wrinkles. I heard that it helps replenish water in the skin that is lost in the aging process. I know it is used medically — injected into joints to help those with arthritis — but until recently, I hadn’t heard anything about it being taken orally. It is expensive, so I would greatly appreciate any information you could give. — S.F., Tucson, ArizonaDear S.F.: While not a medical doctor or aesthetician, I can provide some background on hyaluronic acid and those claims associated with its use as a dietary supplement.We all age, and it’s a process I have come to accept and respect. This could be my personal spin, born of the inevitability of aging, but I have found that getting older provides ongoing opportunities to grow and gain wisdom from life’s experiences — and to share and learn from others.However, those physical manifestations of aging are another issue. Perhaps it is a control issue, as this is one thing over which we ultimately have little. Some choose to mitigate the march of time through lifelong efforts that involve healthful eating and staying physically and mentally active. I embrace this application of the “use it or lose it” philosophy.Getting back to your specific question, one of the most visible signs of aging is the shrinkage factor: the loss of tissue volume. This is most noticeable in …

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Tubaramure, a Food-Assisted Integrated Health and Nutrition Program, Reduces Child Wasting in Burundi: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Intervention Trial

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J Nutr. 2020 Nov 26:nxaa330. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxaa330. Online ahead of print.

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BACKGROUND: Little is known about the impact of food-assisted maternal and child health programs (FA-MCHN) on child wasting.
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the impact of Tubaramure, a FA-MCHN program in Burundi, on child (0 to 24 months) wasting and the differential impacts by socio-economic characteristics and age. The program targeted women and their children during the first 1000 days and included 1) food rations, 2) strengthening and promotion of use of health services, and 3) behavior change communication (BCC).
METHODS: We conducted a 4-arm, cluster-randomized, controlled trial (2010-2012). Clusters were defined as “collines” (communities). Impact was estimated using repeated cross-sectional data (n = ∼2620 children in each round). Treatment arms received household and individual (mother or child in the first 1000 days) food rations (corn-soy blend and micronutrient-fortified vegetable oil) from pregnancy to 24 months (T24 arm), from pregnancy to 18 months (T18), or from birth to 24 months (TNFP). All beneficiaries received the same BCC for the first 1000 days. The control arm received no rations or BCC.
RESULTS: Wasting (weight-for-length Z-score

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Fire marshal investigates suspicious fire at Daytona Beach shopping plaza

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The state fire marshal is investigating a suspicious fire that gutted Beville Nutrition and at least damaged other stores in the Village Plaza Shopping Center, next to an Aldi grocery store off Beville Road in Daytona Beach.The large fire began about 4 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Beville Nutrition in the strip shopping center at 1104 Beville Road, according to a release from Daytona Beach Fire Department spokesperson Sasha Staton.A police officer who was working at the Walmart across Beville Road spotted the flames and reported the fire, Staton said.No firefighters were injured and a total of 10 firefighting units responded, including assistance from South Daytona and Port Orange, Staton wrote. The fire took two hours to extinguish, but firefighters were on scene for about six hours to clean up and to conduct a preliminary investigation, Staton said.The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.”This fire investigation is open and ongoing and no additional details are available at this time,” wrote John O’Brien, press secretary for Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, who oversees the state Fire Marshal’s Office.The shopping center was listed for sale at $2.9 million by Cohen Commercial Real Estate in North Palm Beach. A person who responded to a call to the real estate office and gave her name as Christina declined to comment.Read More:Thanksgiving fire engulfs Daytona Beach shopping center The fire destroyed Beville Nutrition, which according to a Facebook post and corporate records was operated in part by Andrea Paez …

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WATCH: Nutrition in the Kitchen, Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

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Posted: Nov 27, 2020 / 02:27 PM GMT-0400
/ Updated: Nov 27, 2020 / 02:27 PM GMT-0400

BINGHAMTON, NY – With a long, cold winter ahead, this tasty, healthy soup will warm you right up!

Here’s what you need:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup chopped onion

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 large garlic cloves, chopped

2 pounds jersusalem artichokes, peeled and cut into chunks

1 quart chicken stock (vegetable stock can also be used)

Salt and pepper

Sauté the onions, celery and garlic by heating the butter in a soup pot over medium- high heat. Cook the onions and celery until soft, which should be about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.

2. Add artichokes and stock and bring down to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until artichokes break down, about 45 minutes

3. Puree the soup by using an immersion blender or regular blender or finest grate on a food mill.

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The Brazos Valley Food Banks aims to help eliminate food insecurity and nutrition among senior citizens

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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -From lack of transportation and income to the ability to cook and care for themselves, Senior citizens have their own particular set of challenges when it comes to food insecurity and nutrition. The Brazos Valley Food Bank aims to help eliminate these challenges by providing senior bags.Senior bags were designed to promote healthier food choices. The bags are filled with nutritional items such as nutrition shakes and items that contain little to no sugar and sodium such as soups and vegetables. The items in the senior bags are also designed to have very minimal prep that seniors can easily fix for themselves.When it comes to identifying and meeting the needs of seniors in the Brazos Valley it takes an army of agencies and volunteers. Shannon Avila, program director for the Brazos Valley Food Bank says partnering with other agencies is crucial because they already know which seniors might need assistance. “We partner with them to provide the senior bags to those partners and those partners get them out to seniors that they know need extra food help,” said Avila.
BVFB partners with 8 senior -serving community agencies to ensure that our low-income senior neighbors have access to easily prepared nutritious food.Posted by Brazos Valley Food Bank on Monday, November 9, 2020Meals on Wheels is just one of the many agencies the Brazos Valley Food Banks partners with to meet the nutritional needs of our seniors. They cook, package, and deliver complete meals to over 800 seniors in …

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Master Gardener: Easy Gardening: Growing Microgreens for Fun and Nutrition

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By Rich Kirk, Montgomery County Master Gardener
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11:05 am CST, Friday, November 27, 2020

Microgreens are densely sown vegetable and herb seeds that have been allowed to grow beyond the sprout stage to produce leaves (greens) but are not mature plants.
Microgreens are densely sown vegetable and herb seeds that have been allowed to grow beyond the sprout stage to produce leaves (greens) but are not mature plants.

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Microgreens are densely sown vegetable and herb seeds that have been allowed to grow beyond the sprout stage to produce leaves (greens) but are not mature plants.
Microgreens are densely sown vegetable and herb seeds that have been allowed to grow beyond the sprout stage to produce leaves (greens) but are not mature plants.

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Master Gardener: Easy Gardening: Growing Microgreens for Fun and Nutrition

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Remember those bean sprouts and alfalfa sprouts you used to grow, stuffed into a mason jar with some wet napkins in the bottom or between two damp paper towels on a tray on the kitchen cabinet? Well, those are not microgreens. Microgreens are densely sown vegetable and herb seeds that have been allowed to grow beyond the sprout stage to produce leaves (greens) but are not mature plants. Microgreens are considered a nutrient, dense superfood that can be grown and harvested indoors all year long. You do not need an outdoor space or a dedicated garden to grow them. These are fun …

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Marion Center: Nutrition Services keeps students, families fed

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As the outbreak of COVID-19 tears across the country, many aspects of students’ everyday lives are impacted. Of course, there are the obvious challenges of wearing masks and sanitizing more than ever before, but some challenges are more severe and require a lot of dedication and creativity to solve.An estimated 16 million American children struggle with hunger every year. The harsh disruptions the pandemic has caused has made it even more difficult for students and families to provide complete meals for themselves. The Marion Center Nutrition Services Department has made it its mission to help support and provide for any member of the Marion Center family who is battling hunger.For years, MC Nutrition Services has offered free meals to students from low-income families, serving up to 103,133 free meals to date. These meals have been provided at the school, offering kids many different choices of entrees for breakfast and lunch. When COVID reached Marion Center, a new problem erupted. Schools all over were shut down, preventing students from being able to access the free meals.Mrs. Allison Kimmel, the Marion Center Area School District Nutrition Services director, and the rest of her team came together to make meals available through the lockdown. The schools were locked down Friday, March 13, and just a few days later, on March 18, the Nutrition Services team was already handing out meals to students. With federal funding from the USDA’s Summer Meals Program, MC Nutrition Services was able to provide weekly to student families in …

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Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) Given Average Rating of “Buy” by Brokerages

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Shares of Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) have received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the eight analysts that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $53.00. A number of equities analysts recently commented on HLF shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Herbalife Nutrition from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 target price for the company in a report on Friday, October 9th. Cfra raised Herbalife Nutrition from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 7th. ValuEngine lowered Herbalife Nutrition from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 10th. Finally, TheStreet raised Herbalife Nutrition from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 20th.In other news, Director Richard H. Carmona sold 1,552 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.86, for a total transaction of $75,830.72. Following the sale, the director now owns 24,168 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,180,848.48. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. 3.10% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders. (Ad)They called the 2020 crash 45 days early. …

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