2016-08-03 / Living

Get fit, don’t sit

Poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle are major causes of death in the United States. Therefore, good nutrition is an important part of your health and is essential for the development of young children and teens.

Lack of physical activity has been associated with many different disease and cancers and it is one of the easiest things to do to prevent health issues in the future. Also, as we age, muscle strengthening and balance exercises can help reduce the chance of falling and can keep us functioning as older adults.

It is like the commercial states, “A body in motion stays in motion.”

Together with physical activity, a good diet can enhance the health of most individuals.

Every month, I host a Lunch N’ Learn workshop at the Person County Office Building, which is open to anyone in Person and Granville counties. This month’s Lunch N’ Learn is titled “Get Fit, Don’t Sit” and is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 11 from noon to 1 p.m.

The cost is $5 and includes a healthy, delicious lunch along with informational handouts. The guest speaker, Jeffrey Street, from the Person County Recreation, Arts and Parks Department will talk about the importance of physical activity and how you can stay active, no matter what type of work environment or home life you have.

The registration fee of $5 is due to the local Extension Office by Friday, Aug. 5.

These recipes are from Oregon State University Extension at foodhero.org. For more Food for Thought programs, activities and recipes, check us out online at http://facebook.com/personcountyfcs

Tasty Hamburger Skillet

serves 9

1 lb. lean ground beef

1/3 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup green pepper, chopped

2 cups water

1 cup long grain white rice

1 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp chili powder

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp ground pepper

1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes, with juice

1 can (15 oz) whole kernel corn, drained

1 can (15 oz) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

½ cup grated cheddar cheese.

Cook ground beef, onion and green pepper in large skillet over medium heat. Drain excess fat from pan. Add water, rice, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, tomatoes with juice, corn and beans. Cook, covered, for about 20 minutes or until rice is soft. Remove from stove top, sprinkle with grated cheese, and serve hot.

Nutrition Information: 270 calories, 8g fat, 40mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate, 3g sugar, 16g protein

Corn and Tomato Salad

1 ¾ cups corn

3 small tomatoes, diced

1/3 cut fat-free Italian salad dressing

¼ cup minced basil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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