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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will unveil a new food icon Thursday, June 2 that will serve as a reminder for consumers to make healthier food choices.
This new food icon will be part of a comprehensive nutrition communication initiative that provides consumers with easy-to-understand actions, a new website with expanded information, and other tools and resources will be available from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. There will be press coverage. So, it looks like today’s “MyPyramid” will be a thing of the past.
Severe storm assistance
The recent disasters resulting from storms and tornadoes in the midwest and south have left many individuals and families in need of great help.
Here are some suggestions for ways that you might help those in need:
• Check websites, newspapers and some of our local disaster relief organizations to see where your skills and/or items you may plan to collect may be needed. The Red Cross is a good place to start.
• Be very cautious about what you collect and for whom. Sometimes these gestures cost more in volunteer time than they are worth. Sometimes the best thing to do is to collect money to send the victims.
• When making donations, check to be sure the organization receiving them is reputable. The Better Business Bureau (bbb.org), give.org, guidestar.org and charitynavigator.org can help you when researching a charity.
Are toning shoes worth the hype?
Commercials show that wearing special shoes and doing everyday activities like walking and running errands can help tone the lower body. But how is this possible? And if it is really true, is it worth the price?
These toning shoes, which are made by several companies such as Sketchers and Reebok, are designed to alter your normal gait. The idea is that the soles will have an unstable design and the body will constantly have to work to try and find a balance point. Many people who have bought the shoes say that they feel like the shoes are working because they feel the leg muscles trying to stabilize the body. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin have examined claims about the shoes.
Claims are often based on “studies” conducted by the companies themselves. University of Wisconsin researchers tested two new toning shoes and traditional pairs of athletic shoes. They had people walk on a treadmill wearing either a traditional pair of athletic shoes or a pair of the new toning shoes. The study evaluated heart rate, calorie burn, how hard the person thought they were working and other tests. Research showed no significant difference between the traditional athletic shoe and the toning shoes.
The research team concluded there is no reason to spend extra money to buy the special toning shoes. If you really want to burn more calories and tone while you walk, you would be better off to grab a pair of hand weights and go for a walk.
Fair entry day.We are looking for some great 4-H and open class exhibits at this year’s Carroll County Fair. Pick up your fair catalog at the Carroll County Extension office, The News-Democrat office or other locations around the county so you can look it over to know the exhibit categories. The day to enter your exhibits is Thursday, June 2 from 9 a.m. until noon. Exhibits will be accepted just inside the Carroll County fair entry gates at the exhibit trailer. If you have any questions, please call the Extension office at (502) 732-7030.
Coupon class. Gallatin County Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent Rosie Allen will teach “Crazy for Coupons” at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 7 at the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service. There is no cost for the class. but be sure to call the Extension office at (502) 732-7030 to sign up so I have enough materials for you.
Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.