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Around the Home: Walk, eat way to healthier version

POSTED: August 27, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Whether you like walking, aerobics, dancing or a variety of sports, UGA Extension’s Walk Georgia can help you find tools to stay fit.

The free, online program allows participants to track their activity and learn more about staying healthy.

Registration for the pilot session of Walk Georgia continues through Aug. 25. Visit to sign up.

Users who participate in the pilot can report any difficulties with the website by emailing

Need new ideas for your household menu?

Walk Georgia offers an apple salad recipe and a chicken and white bean chili recipe. I’m looking forward to trying them myself.

And if your children or grandchildren like chicken, the site has a nugget recipe that uses fresh herbs.

Walk Georgia also offers these health tips:

Studies consistently show if you use a smaller plate, glass, cup or bowl, we’re more likely to consume fewer calories. You tend to eat or drink as much as is in front of you, even if it’s much more than you really need.

A few extra bites of some foods can add 50 to 100 calories and lead to a 5- to 10-pound weight gain in a year.

Eating slowly helps you eat less. The brain needs 15 to 20 minutes before it can sense you have consumed enough calories. If we eat quickly, we’re more likely to keep eating, even if we’ve had enough.

Eat when you are moderately hungry. The appetite control center in our brain doesn’t work well when we’re too hungry or not hungry at all. In both situations, you’re more likely to consume too many calories.

Rate your hunger from one to 10, where one means you’re so hungry you could eat a horse and 10 means you’re stuffed like the Thanksgiving turkey. Eat when your score is four to seven, meaning you are mildly hungry, but not ravenous.

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It’s full speed ahead into the school year. If you’d like to help your child’s school, but your calendar is too full, don’t worry. You can help through Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education.

Simply collect the points and labels and send them to the school. Check with your child’s teacher on specific collection/submission guidelines and deadlines.

It’s a great way for schools to earn supplies and materials. Both programs have detailed information and listings of participating schools at or

Don’t have any school-age children in your household? Check with your neighbors, extended family and youth groups at your place of worship.

By the way, how many rewards or frequent shopper/loyalty cards do you have?

Put those cards to work. Some companies and stores offer programs allowing you to help schools or nonprofit organizations through your purchases.

Visit the various store websites to find more information.

Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA extension office in Hall County. Call her at 770-535-8290. Her column appears biweekly on Wednesdays and on


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