Cool Off While Working Out!

July 23rd, 2014

fitness active pool water workoutStay cool in the summer, yet still break a sweat! There’s more to do in a pool than swim laps. You burn as many calories walking or jogging in the water as you do on land if you move your arms and legs at the same pace. You also can burn calories in shoulder deep water while using a kickboard or while performing push/pull movements with a pool noodle. The water resistance exercises your muscles but reduces stress on your joints.

Find more exercises you can perform in the water. Watch this video for other pool workout ideas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBy0xZPoWzM.

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Buying and Selling Local Foods

July 16th, 2014

produce farmers market vegetablesFarmers market and food stand season brings many opportunities to sample “pride of Iowa” foods. Most people assume that foods “allowed” to be sold require inspection. Regulatory agencies (e.g., Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Consumer Food Safety Bureau) have the responsibility to inspect foods that present a greater risk for foodborne illness, rather than all foods.

For example, at farmers markets, vendors of meats and cheeses will have prepared their foods in a licensed processing facility. Fruit-based jams and jellies can be home-processed whereas vegetable-based jams, such as pepper jam, must be processed in a licensed facility. The difference is due to ingredients that increase the risk of foodborne illness if the product is not properly prepared. Most baked goods are okay for sale, but vendors must have: a list of ingredients, preparer’s contact information, place where food was prepared, notice of common food allergens (like peanuts or soy) that may have been present when the item was made.

When a food stand is preparing or selling what are considered “higher risk” foods (e.g., not pre-packaged foods), it should have a temporary food establishment license. This means the Department of Inspection and Appeals Consumer Food Safety Bureau or a county-level counterpart has inspected the food stand and issued the temporary license.

Are you interested in starting your own home-based food business?

Read “Starting a Home-Based Food Business in Iowa” (https://store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/Starting-a-Home-Based-Food-Business-in-Iowa). This publication provides an overview of what should be considered, including regulatory aspects.

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Infused Water

July 9th, 2014

fruit water strawberry lemon drinksMake drinking water more fun by flavoring it with fruits, vegetables, or herbs.

Cucumber and Mint Cooler
Ingredients

  • 6 cups chilled water
  • 12 thin slices cucumber
  • Few sprigs of mint

Directions
In a 2 to 2½ quart pitcher, combine water, cucumber, and mint. Chill for 30 minutes. Add ice cubes just before serving.

Strawberry and Mint Cooler
Ingredients

  • 18 strawberries (medium size) sliced thin
  • 8 sprigs of mint
  • 1 quart water and ice

Directions
In a 2 to 2½ quart pitcher, combine water, ice, strawberries, and mint. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

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Water Is Key to Life

July 2nd, 2014

water glasses drinksWater is the key to life — every system in our body depends on it. Water helps carry nutrients to our cells, helps rid toxins from our organs, and keeps our nose, ears, and throat moist. If we don’t drink enough water, we become dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to dizziness, fatigue, and confusion. We lose water on a daily basis by breathing, urinating, and sweating. Because we constantly lose water, we must repeatedly replace what we lose.

The Institute of Medicine states that an adequate daily intake of water for men is about 13 cups and about 9 cups for women. Water comes from more than just fluids; it is a major component of many foods. In fact, it is estimated that 20 percent of our water needs are met through food.

Foods with high water content add volume but minimal calories to the diet. Eating foods high in water can promote a feeling of fullness. Fruits and vegetables are two food groups that have generally high water content. Fruits, vegetables, and dairy products like milk and yogurt can help you reach your daily water recommendations.

Fruits and vegetables high in water

Fruit: Watermelon, citrus fruits, grapes, apples, papaya, strawberries, apricots, cherries

Vegetables: Carrots, bell peppers, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, squash, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach

Use these helpful resources to better understand the role water plays in your health.

Eat to Compete: What You Should Know about Fluids
https://store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/Eat-to-Compete-What-You-Should-Know-About-Fluids

Bottled Water—Know the Facts
https://store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/Bottled-Water-Know-the-Facts

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Iowa Games – A great way to get moving this summer

June 25th, 2014

gold silver bronze medalWhat are the Iowa Games? The Iowa Games offer statewide competition in some 50 sports. The Iowa Games provide Iowans with recreational opportunities through Olympic-style events.

Who can compete? All Iowans! There are events for athletes of all ages and abilities! Athletes in all competitive events vie for Iowa Games gold, silver, and bronze medals with neck ribbons.

When and where are the Games? The Summer Games are scheduled the last three weekends in July. Events take place in central Iowa with most events in Ames.

How do I register? Go to: www.iowagames.org/Register.aspx

Which sports are included? Whether you compete in golf, handball, fishing, Zumba, or any of the more than 50 events, you’ll find them described at: www.iowagames.org/Sports/SummerGames.aspx

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Food safety in stormy weather

June 18th, 2014

refrigerator graphicThis time of year brings occasional stormy weather. Are you prepared if your power goes off? Your refrigerator and freezer can help you avoid foodborne illness if you are prepared.

Be prepared
• Monitor the temperature. Keep a thermometer toward the front of the refrigerator and freezer. Check the temperatures as soon as you can after the power is restored before the food refreezes and you cannot tell how warm it had been. Safe temperatures are 40°F or lower in the refrigerator and 0°F or lower in the freezer.
• Keep ready-to-eat food. Store ready-to-eat foods in case you can’t cook or cool food.

When the power goes out
• Refrigerator and freezer doors should be kept closed as much as possible.
• The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours if the door is kept closed.
• A full freezer will hold temperature about 48 hours (24 hours if half-full).
• Packages can be grouped in an “igloo” if the freezer isn’t full.

When power is restored
• Toss perishable food that has been above 40°F for two hours or more.
• Throw out food with an unusual odor, color, or texture, or that feels warm to the touch.
• Check for ice crystals in frozen food. Food partially or completely thawed may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is 40°F or colder.

When in doubt, throw it out.
Need to know which foods are safe to keep? Ask for When the Home Freezer Stops (PM 1367) at your county Extension and Outreach office. Or download it: store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/When-the-Home-Freezer-Stops

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Fruit Kabobs and Yogurt Dip

June 11th, 2014

fruit kabobsServes: 6 (Serving size: 1 toothpick )
Ingredients:
• 2 small fruits of your choice (apple, pear, banana, kiwi, grapes)
• 1 8-ounce can chunk pineapple
• 1 6- or 8-ounce container fruit yogurt
• 1 to 2 tablespoons low-fat
whipped topping
Directions:
1. Wash fruit with cold running water.
2. Drain pineapple juice into a bowl.
3. Cut fruit in wedges or chunks. Dip fruit that turns dark (such as apples and bananas) in the pineapple juice.
4. Thread fruit on skewers or
toothpicks. Arrange on a platter.
5. Stir together the yogurt and whipped topping. Pour into a bowl for dipping.
Nutrient information per serving
60 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 20 mg sodium, 13 g total carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 2 g protein

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Milk Myths Busted!

June 4th, 2014

pitcher and glass milk drinks dairyJune is Dairy Month — a good time to consider the benefits of drinking milk and eating other dairy foods for calcium and Vitamin D. Drinking milk increases bone health, reduces risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and blood pressure. Despite these benefits, some milk myths prevent some people from drinking milk. Our ISU Extension and Outreach myth busters have “busted” a few of these myths below.

Milk Myth 1: Milk causes mucus
Myth Buster: For some, drinking milk may make mucus thicker than it is normally. However drinking milk for most people does not make your body produce more phlegm and will not worsen a cold.

Milk Myth 2: Organic milk is much healthier than conventional milk
Myth Buster: Cup for cup, organic and conventionally-produced milk contain the same nine essential nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and potassium. Both conventionally-produced and organic milk are routinely tested for antibiotics and pesticides and must comply with very stringent safety standards, ensuring that both organic milk and conventional milk are pure, safe, and nutritious.

Milk Myth 3: Fat-free milk has almost no nutritional value.
Myth Buster: Fat-free milk has the same amount of calcium, vitamin D, and protein as whole, 2%, and 1% milk. The only nutritional difference among the varieties of milk is the amount of fat and calories per serving. Another difference is that fat-free milk is often cheaper than the other varieties. A family of four changing from whole milk to fat-free milk could save $8 to $11 per week and shave off 5,040 calories and 518
grams of fat!

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Be Active, No Matter Your Age!

May 28th, 2014

diverser mature group fitness activeExercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. Go4Life was designed to help adults 50 and older incorporate more exercise and physical activity into their daily lives. Learn about this exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging by visiting their Go4Life® website at: http://go4life.nia.nih.gov/

You can order a free video/DVD (Go4Life Everyday Exercises from the National Institute on Aging) from: https://order.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/order/MS033

Designed for older adults, the DVD features strength, balance, and flexibility exercises that can be done at home, at work, at the gym—almost anywhere. The video is a companion to the popular exercise book, Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging, available in English and Spanish. This 120-page book can be ordered free by going to: https://order.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/order/BK004

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Springtime Learning = Summer Safety

May 21st, 2014

young boy on tabletUse technology to introduce your children or grandchildren to food safety basics they can put to use all summer long. Below is a list of technology-based resources that can help make learning food safety fun. The first two are free apps for iPads, iPhones, or iPod touch that can be downloaded from iTunes:

Perfect Picnic Game: This app helps kids learn how to build and run a food safe picnic park.

Solve the Outbreak: This app allows kids to become a food detective and uncover the what, why, and how of foodborne illness outbreaks and to see the type of work that real-life “Disease Detectives” do. (Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Scrub Club: This interactive website teaches kids about hand-washing through the use of games, songs, videos, and other downloadable activities. (From the National Science Foundation International) Go to: http://www.scrubclub.org/home.aspx

For more information on these and other food safety applications, please visit: http://www.fightbac.org/kids

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