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February 27, 2014
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) is March 3-7, 2014. The 2014 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Take Time for School Breakfast,” encourages parents to consider the school breakfast program as a time-saving option for busy mornings. School breakfast choices include protein, grains, fruit or 100% fruit juice and low-fat milk and new nutrition standards for school meals mean more whole grains and more fruit at breakfast, while fat, sodium and calories are limited. Schools are getting creative with breakfast service options that help students make time for breakfast despite late bus arrivals and early morning class schedules. Grab-and-go options, breakfast in the classroom service, breakfast carts and kiosks around the school building are becoming more prevalent in schools. How will your school in your community celebrate National School Breakfast Week?
For more information on National School Breakfast Week, please visit www.schoolnutrition.org/nsbw.
February 25, 2014
Free Groceries! Free Cookbook!
Welcome to Cooking Matters for Families, coming to Newberry in early March. This fun, free class is designed for parent-child teams to attend together. For seven weeks, you will take part in hands-on cooking and nutrition classes. You will learn how to get the most out of your meals and practice applying what you’ve learned at home.
These interactive classes will also talk about basic nutrition, cooking, food safety, meal planning and smart shopping tips. The class is sevenweeks long and lasts about 2 hours each week. Each meeting will focus on a different topic and will include a nutrition lesson along with a cooking lesson. During the cooking component of the course, participants will work together to prepare a recipe. The group will sample the recipe together and then each participant will take home the groceries needed to recreate the dish. Examples of some of the recipes include: Mango Salsa with Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips, Hearty Egg Burritos,Chicken Noodle Soup, Peanut Butter and Banana Pockets.
For more information about the Cooking Matters for Families classes, please contact Jessica Price, MSU-Extension Nutrition Program Instructor at (906) 293-5031 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 21, 2014
Obesity is a serious and costly health problem facing our nation. The number of kids and teens who are obese has nearly tripled in the past three decades, leading to a generation at risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other serious health problems. However, there is hope. For the first time in recent years, obesity rates have declined. According to the American Public Health Association (APHA), innovative public health approaches and partnerships are contributing to improved food choices and creating opportunities for physical activity, helping to curb obesity. We must continue to fund public health programs to ensure healthy futures for all of our nation’s children.
For more information, please visit http://www.apha.org.
February 18, 2014
The Planting Lifeways of the Rapids introductory meeting will be held on Friday March 14, 2014 at 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. at the Sault Tribe Elder Services Building. For more information, please contact Justin Miller at (906) 635-4971 ext. 53055 or at email@example.com or Connie Watson at (906) 632-5211 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 14, 2014
”Through with Chew Week” is February 16-22. It is an effort to call attention to the use of smokeless tobacco products and to encourage those who use these products to quit. This annual health event was started by the American Academy of Otolaryngology in 1989 and has grown in popularity in a number of States through the “Through with Chew” initiative. This initiative was started by the Wyoming Tobacco-Free Community Program due to alarmingly high spit tobacco use rates in their State.
Smokeless tobacco, a concentrated and dangerous form of tobacco, contains 28 known cancer-causing agents as well as high levels of nicotine which can lead to cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Smokeless tobacco can cause oral cancer, especially in the cheeks, gums, and throat and can lead to other oral problems, such as mouth sores, gum recession, tooth decay, bad breath, and permanent discoloration of teeth.
Today, there are many types of smokeless tobacco products on the market including chewing tobacco, snuff, and snus (pronounced “snoose”) – a newer tobacco product in the US, similar to spit tobacco, which is packaged in pouches that look like small tea bags. New dissolvable tobacco products are popping up in different shapes and forms mimicking breath strips, mints, and toothpicks. The colorful eye catching candy-like packaging and labeling is deceiving about the product within and the long list of fruity and minty flavors sweeten the taste, making these new products more appealing to kids. These products contain high levels of nicotine and cancer-causing agents just like cigarettes and can be very addictive. Furthermore, these new products are especially dangerous to children who may ingest them – mistakenly thinking that they are candy. Nicotine, in even very small amounts, can be lethal to young children.
According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, since the 1970’s, spit tobacco, a.k.a. smokeless tobacco, has gone from a product used primarily by older men to one used predominantly by young men and boys. Among all high school seniors who have ever used these products, almost three-fourths began by the ninth grade. In 2011, according to the Youth Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (YBRFSS) 14.2% of all boys in US high schools – and 2.8% of high school girls– reported using spit tobacco products. In Michigan, according to the YRBFSS the prevalence rate is 13.2% for high school boys and 1.6% for high school girls.
For more information about how to quit tobacco use and/or tobacco-free parks and recreation areas, please call Sault Tribe Community Health at (906) 632-5280, the Chippewa County Health Department at (906) 635-3636, or the Michigan Tobacco Quit Line @ 1 800 QUIT NOW (784-8669) or visit www.UP4Health.org or www.chippewahd.com . More information can be found about the Through with Chew initiative by visiting www.throughwithchew.com.