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Programs set on vegetarianism, diabetes health habits, tea

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This week we are having three very informative programs at the Carroll County Extension office that readers of this column might want to attend. There is no cost for any of these programs, but encourage those planning to attend to call the Extension office so I have enough copies of materials and samples for everyone.

“Simply Vegetarian” program is Thursday.

What is vegetarianism? Is a person who is a vegetarian getting all the protein and other nutrients that he or she needs for a healthy diet?

Are there health benefits in being a vegetarian? What are some of the health concerns when someone is a vegetarian?

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, Diane Mason, Boone County Extension agent for family and consumer sciences will present a very informative program, “Simply Vegetarian” at the Carroll County Extension Service office.

This is the April Extension Homemakers “Learn with Us!” session. All interested people invited to attend.

Health professionals, we especially invite you if interested.

Health habits improve diabetes control

At the April meeting of the “It’s About You” Diabetes Support Group participants will learn why their health habits are important. The group meets Thursday, April 11 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Carroll County Extension office.

The program will be “How Your Healthy Habits Can Improve Your Diabetes Control” as Ruth Kingcade, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator with Three Rivers District Health Department discusses the importance of maintaining healthy health habits to stay healthy and well. I will serve a healthy salad and snacks to help you maintain healthy eating habits.

 

All about tea

Rosie Allen, Gallatin County Extension agent for family and consumer Sciences, will present a special program on tea at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12 at the Extension office.  Allen will discuss some of the health benefits, kinds of tea, tea rituals and other information about tea. Food, nutrition and health chairman, Pat Supplee, chairman with the Carroll County Extension Homemakers has arranged for this special program.

Tea is the most consumed drink in the world after water. Since ancient times, green tea has been considered by the traditional Chinese medicine as a healthful beverage. Herbal and non-herbal teas, important for antioxidant properties are the beverage of choice in many countries. Tea has been part of rituals from the English “high tea” to a traditional tea ceremony in Japan and other parts of Asia to an invite in parts of America to “come for tea” as a social gathering among women. But, many Americans do not know a lot about tea and here in Kentucky the usual way to drink tea is sweetened ice tea.

Recent human studies suggest that green tea may contribute to a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer, as well as to the promotion of oral health and other physiological functions such as anti-hypertensive effect, body weight control, antibacterial and antivirasic activity, solar ultraviolet protection, bone mineral density increase, anti-fibrotic properties, and neuroprotective power.

Other kinds of tea are now coming to light for their health benefits. Come and learn more about tea

Dates of interest

April 11: It’s About You Diabetes Support Group, “How Your Health Habits Can Affect Your Diabetes Control,” 10 a.m.-noon, Carroll County Extension Office.

April 11: “Simply Vegetarian” program, presented by Diane Mason, Boone County family and consumer sciences agent, 6 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.

April 12: All About Tea,  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.