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How Can I Prevent Diabetes?

How Can I Prevent Diabetes? - FN1766

Receiving any diagnosis can be overwhelming and scary. This handout will help give you a better understanding of prediabetes and answer some of your basic questions about prediabetes.

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Prediabetes/Diabetes

Questions & Answers About Prediabetes/Diabetes and Your Health - FN1765

Nearly 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, an estimated 86 million U.S. adults have prediabetes. Prediabetes affects 35 percent of adults age 20 and older and half of Americans age 65.

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Boiling Water-bath Canner

Questions and Answers About Using a Boiling Water-bath Canner - FN1425

Water-bath canning is a method of preserving high-acid foods. Fresh foods contain a high percentage of water, which makes them very perishable. High-acid foods can be preserved safely when they reach temperatures provided by a boiling water-bath canner. To kill harmful molds, yeasts and some bacteria, processing using the boiling water-bath method ensures the safety of preserved produce. However, this method does not provide high enough temperatures to destroy botulinum spores in low-acid foods such as vegetables.

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Creating a Sandwich

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 7 Steps to Creating a Sandwich - FN1756

Sandwiches are easy to make and can serve as a quick meal for you or your family any time of day. Choose whole-grain bread, a variety of vegetables, fruit and lean protein to pack your sandwich full of nutrients. Sandwiches are versatile. You can make your sandwich cold, cook just the meat or grill the whole thing.

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Meal in a Bowl

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 5 Steps to Making Your Own Meal in a Bowl - FN1757

Making your own meal in a bowl is inexpensive and easy. You can make meals from ingredients you probably already have on hand. Think about all the different bowls you can make.You also could set up a buffet with a variety of toppings so people can personalize their meal with layers of flavor.

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Size Up te Supplement

Size up the Supplement - FN1491

Supplements have different serving sizes and intake recommendations. To determine how many milligrams (mg) of a nutrient are in each capsule, divide the milligrams of that nutrient by the number of capsules in each serving size. Remember, you probably are getting some vitamins and minerals from your diet. Be sure to include both supplements and dietary intake when considering if you are getti ng the right amount of a nutrient.

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Eating For Your Eye Health

Eating For Your Eye Health - FN709

We cannot change our genetic inheritance, but we can exercise and eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

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Finding the Truth II

Finding the Truth II: Are Popular Nutrition and Health Information Sources Reliable? - FN600

We’re all bombarded with information about nutrition and health. This publication will explore a few popular nutrition information sources and ways to determine if information is reliable.

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Day-Old Bread

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 4 Ways to Use Day-old Bread - FN1743

Using day-old bread can help you stretch your food dollars. Some bakeries offer day-old bread at discounted prices. You might buy a few loaves because you found a great deal; unfortunately, you might get tired of it before you use all of it. What can you do with it?

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Sports Drinks: R They Needed?

Sports Drinks: R They Needed? - FN1400

Sports drinks, such as Gatorade, Powerade and All Sport, contain carbohydrates and electrolytes, such as sodium, potassium and chloride. They are made for physical activity, to help rehydrate and to keep energy levels high. Are sports drinks really necessary? Not always. You can get these same benefits from other sources. A sports drink is not better for you unless you are active for 60 to 90 minutes or are exercising in very hot conditions. Anything less, and water should be the drink of choice.

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Steps to Reducing Trans Fat and Saturated Fat in Recipes

Steps to Reducing Trans Fat and Saturated Fat in Recipes - FN1687

Let’s practice our heart-healthy fat knowledge by modifying a brownie recipe.

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Do You Need a Sports Drink?

Eat Smart. Play Hard. Do You Need a Sports Drink? - FN1440

Sports drinks are recommended only to increase your physical performance if you are physically active for more than 60 to 90 minutes. Anything less, water should be the drink of choice because it’s better for hydration. Make sure to drink enough fluids before, during and after physical activity.

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Choose Healthful Snacks!

Eat Smart. Choose Healthy Snacks - FN1439

Think of snacks as minimeals that help provide nutrients and energy you need to grow, play and learn. Most kids do best when they eat four to six smaller meals a day.

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Choose Healthy Pre- and Post- game Meals

Eat Smart. Choose Healthy Pre-and Post-game Meals - FN1438

Have a light meal so it can be digested easily. The pregame meal should include a variety of foods but focus on carbohydraterich food such as bread or pasta. Make sure to include grains, fruits and vegetables in the meal. Drink plenty of fluids.

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Get Your Physical Activity

Play Hard! Get Your Physical Activity - FN1437

Physical activity helps build and maintain a strong body. Be active every day! Kids need 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity to stay healthy.

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Do You Need and Energy Drink?

Eat Smart. Play Hard. Do You Need an Energy Drink? - FN1435

People often substitute energy drinks for healthier beverage choices, so compare the Nutrition Facts labels. Energy drinks provide few if any of the needed vitamins and minerals provided by healthier beverage choices. Plain water is a better choice for most individuals.

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Bone Up on Calcium

Eat Smart: Bone Up on Calcium - FN1434

Children ages 9 to 13 need 1,300 milligrams of calcium a day to keep their bones and teeth strong. Children ages 4 to 8 need 800 milligrams of calcium per day. They also need vitamin D, which helps the body use the calcium. Milk is fortifi ed with vitamin D. Many foods contain calcium. The best sources are milk, yogurt and cheese. Fish, soy products and nuts also are good sources of calcium. Some fruit juices, cereals, breads, snacks and other foods have added calcium.

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Enjoy Breakfast Every Day!

Eat Smart: Enjoy Breakfast Every Day - FN1433

Eating breakfast fuels the body with needed nutrients, provides energy for an active day, gets you ready to learn and helps you keep a healthy body.

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Now Serving: Beans!

Now Serving Beans! - FN1485

If you’re looking for a way to stretch your budget and improve your family’s nutrition, look no further. Consider adding more beans to your menu. They’re convenient, versatile and lend themselves to many tasty dishes. Beans are a rich source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Replace some of the fat in baked goods such as brownies with mashed black beans. Beans can be added to casseroles or soups to add flavor, texture and more nutrients.

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How to Select and Store Vegetables

Vary Your Veggies: How to Select and Store Vegetables - FN1456

What veggies are in your refrigerator, freezer or pantry?

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