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I am pleased to announce the Grand Champion ribbon winners in our Open Class exhibits at the 2011 Carroll County Fair: art, Angie Puckett of Carroll-ton, with her drawing, “In Loving Memory of Grandpa”; culinary, Debbie Roth of Carrollton for her peanut butter fudge; crafts, April Puckett of Carrollton, with her digitally enhanced scrapbook of memories of dad; floral, Juanita Chilton of Carrollton with her bouquet of the largest variety of flowers; horticulture, Patty Kost of Ghent with her plate of beautiful green tomatoes; photography, Barb Clymer of Carrollton with her dandelion photo; and textiles, Ruby Belew of Perry Park with her pieced machine quilt, “Cats.”
We congratulate these winners.
Be sure to stop by the Exhibit trailer to view the
4-H and open class exhibits at this year’s fair.
We have some wonderful exhibits of items your friends and family have created or grown in their gardens. You will be glad you took the time to stop by to view them.
‘My Plate’ arrives
On June 2, the USDA revealed the new “MyPlate” icon to help us eat a healthier diet.
With two-thirds of Americans either overweight or obese and one-third of our children overweight or obese, this is another reminder that we need to control our eating habits. The good news is that the food groups and their “rules” have not changed plus we have a great icon reminding us what to eat no matter where we are.
MyPlate calls for balancing calories by avoiding oversized portions, making half your plate fruits and vegetables, making half the grains you eat are whole grains, and switching to fat-free or low-fat milk. We are urged to eat 8 ounces of fish per week, which would help Americans improve their consumption of healthy omega-3 fatty acids (not deep fried fish though). MyPlate also recommends we choose foods with lower sodium and drink water instead of sugary drinks. It also reminds us to eat healthy portions and to get plenty of physical activity.
A healthy plate will look like this: one half of the plate will be fruits and veggies, one-fourth of your plate should be a portion of protein (meat, fish, poultry or vegetable protein (beans, etc.) and one-fourth of your plate should be whole grain bread. A small circle to the right of the plate is dairy (which can be a glass of milk, cottage cheese, yogurt or other dairy products. If you have been eating healthy, this is not a big change. If you have been eating a lot of meat, few fruits and veggies and no whole grains, the plate should help you see how you should improve your diet.
The MyPyramid has not been entirely phased out. Itt will still be used to tabulate personal nutrition needs. To check out the new website go to Choose MyPlate.gov.
June planning picnic
Extension Homemaker members are reminded that the June Planning Picnic is Thursday, June 9 at General Butler State Resort Park. We will convene at 5 p.m. at the shelter off the main (Hwy. 227) entrance. A salad and dessert picnic will be held. After the picnic, members will share ideas for Extension homemaker programs for the coming year.
Please bring a salad or dessert to pass. Bread, beverage and table service will be provided. All members are invited to attend – be you a new, old, club, mailbox member or former member who wants to again become involved in homemakers. Call the Extension office with your questions.
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.