Nutrition and Mental Health
Is there a “food-mood”- connection?
The food you eat affects your body and your brain. Join us in this workshop and learn about the latest research on nutrients and their effect in cognitive function.
Presented by researchers, Wendy Dahl, Assistant Professor, PhD, and Amanda Ford, MS, from the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
As much as one third of all cancer cases in the US can be linked to poor diet, limited exercise, and obesity. Small healthy lifestyle changes made daily can become lifelong habits for good health. Here are a few ways to begin taking those small steps towards a healthier lifestyle.
Incorporating some of these diet recommendations may seem hard at first but, with consistency and making very small habit changes at a time, they can become part of your daily healthy diet. Maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a balanced diet and being physically active are more important than ever. Listed below is a Beta-carotene Blast Smoothie that is full of fruits, veggies, fiber and even some protein!
*Add a few handfuls of spinach to make this a green smoothie!
|Who:||Cooperative Extension PBC/University of Florida|
|What:||Edible Gardens Workshop|
Clayton E. Hutcheson Exhibit Hall A
|When:||Saturday, March 21, 2015|
|Time:||9 a.m. to 1:00 pm|
Brain Awareness Week
Governor Rick Scott for his proclamation acknowledging March 16-22, 2015 as Brain Awareness Week in Florida.
Please follow the link below to read the Governor’s proclamation.
Celebrating National Nutrition Month®
March is National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education event sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This campaign was established to emphasize the importance of living a healthy lifestyle in regards to diet and exercise.
The 2015 theme, “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle”, encourages people to revert to the basics of healthy eating. The primary messages this year are to eat fewer calories, make educated decisions about the food we eat, and to incorporate physical activity in our daily routine.
Use National Nutrition Month® as a spring board to adopt healthy habits throughout the year. Follow these tips to help you get started:
- Mindful Snacking- Avoid snacking when you are bored, angry or stressed. Plan snacks ahead of time and pre-portion the amount you will have to avoid overeating.
- Increase fiber intake- Try eating a piece of fruit in the morning rather than drinking a glass of juice to increase your fiber and reduce your sugar intake.
- Reducing saturated fat- Remove skin from poultry before cooking. Try using lean cuts of beef such as round, top round, round tip, bottom round and top sirloin.
- Cooking at home- When you prepare your meals, you can control how your food is cooked. For vegetables, try steaming, boiling or baking. When cooking meat, roasting, baking, broiling or grilling will remove some of the fat.
- Get moving! - Even small amounts of activity will add up over time. If 30 minutes of walking seems overwhelming, start with 10 minutes and increase the duration as you feel more comfortable.
National Nutrition Month®: Eat Right Pro. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Website.
Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle. Eat Right Pro. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Website.
Nutrition Health and Fitness: Fiber in Your Diet. University of Florida IFAS Extension. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/he697
Nutrition Health and Fitness: Fat in Your Diet. University of Florida IFAS Extension.
Healthy Living: Barriers to Physical Activity. University of Florida IFAS Extension.
Tax Identity Theft Awareness
Tax identity theft typically happens when a scammer files a fraudulent tax return using another individual’s social security number, receiving a refund electronically. A consumer typically discovers they have been a victim of tax identity theft when they go to file their own tax return, only to be informed by the Internal Revenue Service that a return has already been filed in their name.
The IRS uses your Social Security Number (SSN) to make sure your filing is accurate and complete, and that you get any refund you are due. Identity theft can affect how your tax return is processed. An unexpected notice or letter from the IRS could alert you that someone else is using your SSN; however, the IRS doesn't start contact with a taxpayer by sending an email, text or social media message that asks for personal or financial information. If you get an email that claims to be from the IRS, do not reply or click on any links. Instead, forward it to email@example.com.
If someone uses your SSN to file for a tax refund before you do, the IRS might think you already filed and got your refund. When you file your return later, IRS records will show the first filing and refund, and you’ll get a notice or letter from the IRS saying more than one return was filed for you.
If someone uses your SSN to get a job, the employer may report that person’s income to the IRS using your SSN. When you file your tax return, you won’t include those earnings. IRS records will show you failed to report all your income. The agency will send you a notice or letter saying you got wages but didn’t report them. The IRS doesn’t know those wages were reported by an employer you don’t know.
If you think someone used your SSN for a tax refund or a job — or the IRS sends you a notice or letter indicating a problem — contact the IRS immediately at IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit 1-800-908-4490. Specialists will work with you to get your tax return filed, get you any refund you are due, and protect your IRS account from identity thieves in the future.
Elderly Mortgage Assistance Program
In February 2010, US Treasury created the "Housing Finance Agency (HFA) Innovation Fund for the Hardest-Hit Housing Markets" and allocated funds under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) to five states: Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan and Nevada. Click here for more information.
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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Monthly Educational Workshops
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Educational Series
- Grandparents Beware
- The Heart Truth about Heart Disease
- Diabetes: The Future is in Your Hands
- Florida Hardest-Hit Fund Program
- New Directions for Credit Card Holders
- Nutrition, Lifestyle, and Cancer: What is the Connection?
- New Rules to Protect Credit Card Users
- Beware of Debt Settlement Trap
- H1N1 Flu: What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
- How to Keep Those Hands Hygienic
- Five Facts about the Home Office Deduction
- New Renters’ Rights in Foreclosure
- Papaya Tea
- Planning on Getting Married?