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Nourish Your Mind and Body with Accurate Nutrition and Health Information

health information sources, Nourishing Boomers and Beyond program

Submitted by Dena Kemmet, Extension Agent/Family and Consumer Sciences

Can you trust a website? Nutrition and health information is available in a wide variety of sources from medical healthcare providers (doctors, dietitians), printed media (magazines, newspapers), social media (Facebook, blogs, Twitter) and people (friends, family and celebrities).

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics conducted a “trends” study in 2011 and found that TV, magazines and the Internet were the top nutrition and health information sources. Physicians, dietitians and others with health-related training were much less likely to be named.

Be a little skeptical when you read or hear about nutrition and health. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!  Be sure to visit with qualified health professionals, and check out the information.

If you’d like to make some changes in your diet or lifestyle to improve your “information” health, the North Dakota State University Extension Service can help. The Extension office in Mercer County is holding a class at 3:00 pm March 9, 2015 at the Beulah Civic Center.

This class is part of NDSU Extension’s Nourishing Boomers and Beyond program. The program is designed to provide rural North Dakotans age 50 and older with information and strategies to reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases. However, any adult can benefit from the information.

Nourishing Boomers and Beyond offers classes on a different topic each month. Participants will be able to take part in hands-on activities and discussions, and they’ll receive material such as handouts and healthful recipes to take home.

If you aren’t able to attend a class or want more information on the topic covered in a session, visit the program’s website (www.ndsu.edu/boomers). Anyone can sign up for the free monthly newsletter by visiting the website or contacting your local Extension office. Mercer County Extension office also has a Facebook page to interact with our clients, and we have added a page on Pinterest to our web materials.

Also visit www.ndsu.edu/boomers to see if a Nourishing Boomers and Beyond class is being held near you.

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