I have talked to several parents during the recent Amerigroup Georgia’s Winter Wonderland event at Colonial Lakeshore Mall. They definitely want to save time with preparing and cooking meals, but make their children’s health a priority.
Our University of Georgia Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program can show area families how to eat healthy on a budget.
The free seven-lesson series is available to parent groups and clients of nonprofit agencies and organizations.
Recently, parents from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County, Habitat for Humanity and Lanier Technical College graduated from the program. They were enthusiastic not only about the recipes, but the helpful tips for saving money
A small change every day or once a week can make a big difference. Why not start now instead of waiting until Jan. 1, 2017?
For example, www.choosemyplate.gov offers these tips:
- Before you eat, think about what and how much food goes on your plate or in a cup or bowl.
- Include various items from all food groups throughout the day.
- Compare sodium in foods you purchase. Choose those with a lower number.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
- Eat sugary desserts less often.
- Make foods high in solid fats such as cakes, cookies, ice cream, pizza and hot dogs occasional choices — not every day foods.
- Limit empty calories.
- Pick activities you like to do and do each for at least 10 minutes at a time.
- Children and adolescents should get 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily.
- Adults should get two hours and 30 minutes or more of activity weekly.
- Make sure activities require moderate effort such as
- brisk walking.
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
- Make at least half your grains whole.
- Vary your protein food choices.
- Switch to skim or 1 percent milk.