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The Carroll County Extension Service held our first “Extension Fair” Saturday, May 21. The purpose of the fair was to acquaint local residents with the programs conducted by the Carroll County Exten-sion Service and to interest residents in taking advantage of our many programs and services available for youth and adults. We had a good turnout, considering it was our first endeavor of this nature
Many people stopped by my family and consumer sciences table to visit. I handed out information on topics on current interest and answered many questions. I have a list of questions to follow up on and will e-mail or call the person asking with an answer this week.
We must not forget to congratulate Tiffany Aldridge of Carrollton who won the television donated by McNeal’s Hardware. We hope this luck continues for you, Tiffany as you told us “you have never won anything before.” We also extend a big thank you to McNeal’s for this generous donation; we greatly appreciate this.
I also thank our Extension council members who were on the planning team and worked hard to plan our fair.
Carroll County Fair
This year’s Carroll County Fair is June 3-11 which is only a week away. It’s time to get your fair entries ready. You can win ribbons and money, besides showcasing your talent to your friends and family members.
We will be accepting exhibits from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 2 at the exhibit trailer just inside the fairground gate.
Check out the fair catalog for listing of exhibit categories so you know what you can exhibit. Be sure to follow the guildelines for how to display the item you are planning to exhibit. Items will be released on Monday, June 13. Fair catalogs will be available soon at the Extension office, The News-Democrat and other sites around town. Be sure to pick one up and check the exhibit categories
I have invited Rosie Allen, family and consumer sciences Extension agent in Gallatin County, to return to Carroll County to teach another couponing class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 at the Extension office. If you were unable to make the other class, you won’t want to miss this one. There is no cost for the class, but please call our office to make a reservation if you plan to attend so that I have enough materials available for you.
Antioxidants benefit health
Foods containing antioxidants can boost a person’s immunity and go a long way in preventing disease.
Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other compounds in food that protect cells in the body from damage by compounds called free radicals. Free radicals occur naturally when the body breaks down food or when it is exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation. Free radicals may play a role in heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.
Antioxidants help repair damaged cells in the body. Foods rich in antioxidants help to block free radicals in the body, prevent or repair damage to cells, and may lower a person’s risk of infection or cancer.
Foods containing vitamins A (and carotenoids), C, and E as well as selenium are good sources of antioxidants. Carotenoids are substances that give fruits and vegetables their yellow, orange, and red color. The American Dietetics Association suggests eating the following for more antioxidants:
Vitamin A and Carotenoids: Carrots, squash, broccoli, tomatoes, peaches, apricots, and other brightly colored fruits.
Vitamin C: Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit, as well as green peppers, broccoli, and other green, leafy vegetables.
Vitamin E: Nuts and seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, and vegetable and liver oil.
Selenium:Fish and shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken, and garlic.
Choosing foods that contain plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and nuts can supply all the antioxidants your body needs and provide protection from diseases.
Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to email@example.com.