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March 19, 2014

Spring's the thing at Purdue Extension

Greetings Daviess County residents. I think it might be safe to say spring is on the way. Birds and nature are starting to become more active and are out and about more. Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Also this week, March is Poison Prevention Week. So this week I would like to share some information with you on both of these subjects. Remember if I can be of assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me or stop by the office. You can reach me at 812-254-8668 or email jstefanc@purdue.edu. The office is located at 214 N.E. Third St., Washington. Until next time, happy spring and enjoy the nicer weather.

National Nutrition Month-Family Meal Time Benefits

Make mealtime a family time. If you can get together for meals even a few times a week, family meals mean healthier eating – and more. For National Nutrition Month®, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages all families to make a commitment to eating more meals together and “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.”

“Research shows that family meals promote healthier eating – more fruits, vegetables and fiber; less fried food; and often fewer calories,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy spokesperson Angela Ginn. “This year’s National Nutrition Month theme, ‘Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,’ reminds families to return to the basics of healthful eating by returning to the family dining table.”

“And family meals do much more than put healthy food on the table. Beyond preparing the meal itself, we sometimes forget that mealtimes offer time to talk, listen and build family relationships. And it’s a chance for parents to be good role models for healthful eating,” Ginn says.

Ginn offers ideas for adding more family meals to any family’s routine:

•Start slowly. “However many meals you eat as a family now, add one more to your weekly schedule. If school nights are too hectic for a family dinner, make it a leisurely weekend breakfast or lunch. After a few weeks, add another family meal to your schedule,” Ginn says.

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