Choose reusable grocery bags over paper, plastic

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By Grace Angotti

You are standing in the check-out line at your hometown grocery store and the clerk asks, “Paper or plastic?” You respond by saying, “Neither,” because you have reusable grocery bags.

Reusable shopping bags definitely are a step in the right direction, but they require some care and attention. If not properly cared for, reusable bags can possibly nurture and spread bacteria.

Nearly all shoppers who use reusable bags forget to clean them regularly. If your reusable bag is not cleaned properly between uses, this can create the potential for cross-contamination of foods. This is especially true if raw meats are carried in the same bag with cooked or ready-to-eat foods like breads or produce.

Minimize health risks when using reusable bags:

•Use separate bags for raw meats and ready-to-eat foods.

•Wrap meat, poultry and fish in paper bags before placing in the reusable bag.

• Frequently wash reusable bags in warm soapy water.

• Store your reusable bags in a clean, dry location; leaving the bags in the trunk of your vehicle, where it is usually hot, can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

• Clean all areas where you place your tote.

Reusable shopping bags definitely are a step in the right direction in terms of helping the environment, but remember to keep them clean so that you minimize health risks.

 ‘Better Health – through Eating,
Mind and Activity’ Series 

Poor eating and lifestyle habits can lead to poor health. When you eat healthful foods, participate in adequate activity, and relax in mind and body, you are healthier.

If you want to lose some weight, get more active and in improve your health, plan to attend this special series from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Oct. 10, at the Extension office.

This is an interactive program; each participant sets his or her own goals. Programs focus on different topics to help you learn better eating habits, introduce you to some easy physical activity habits, and other lifestyle changes related to weight loss and better health. Participants may also sample tasty – but healthful – dishes and receive many healthful and delicious recipes. Becky Wilson, RN, of Three Rivers Health Department, teaches this series with me. We also provide a lot of other resources and are planning to bring in guest speakers. Fee for the entire series is $10 payable at the first session. Please call the Extension office at (502) 732-7030 to register.  

Knitting Get-Together

We invite anyone who knits – or wants to learn to knit – to attend a special gathering from 6-8 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 11, at the Carroll County Extension Office.

Knitters may bring unfinished or ongoing projects. Those who do not knit are invited to come and learn how.

Our group leader is Hazel Ray. Please call the Extension office at (502) 732-7030 to register, so we know how many will be attending. Also tell us if you knit or wish to learn, so we have enough materials and refreshments available.

‘It’s all About You!’
Diabetes Support Group

Anyone with diabetes, or with a family member or loved one who has diabetes, may attend this support group, which meets 10:30 a.m. to noon on the third Thursday of the month at the Extension office.

The first meeting of the fall is Oct. 18.

Dates of Interest

  • Oct. 13:Yoga for Better Flexibility, 9-10 a.m., Carroll County Extension office
  • Oct. 10 through Nov. 28:– “Healthy Weight, Mind and Body” Series, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Carroll County Extension Office
  • Oct. 23:“Beans, Beans, Beans” program, 1:30 p.m.. Carroll County Extension office

Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.