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There is a growing concern about the number of people facing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer and obesity nationwide. Proper nutrition plays an essential role in helping to lower these and other risk factors, enabling individuals to reduce health costs and enjoy increased vitality.

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Research has found that when families take charge of their diets and food budgets they frequently begin taking control over other areas of their lives.

Eat Smart Idaho teaches nutrition and consumer-related skills that lead to individual change, helping families in Idaho move toward increased self-sufficiency.

The following monthly newsletters provide additional resources:

  • Food for Thought
    Features ideas to help you get your family to eat more healthfully.
  • Senior Nutrition News
    For seniors, the benefits of healthy eating include increased mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, a more robust immune system, faster recuperation times and better management of chronic health problems. As we age, eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced.
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Idaho consumers need reliable, up-to-date information on how to keep their food safe during selection, preparation and storage, whether they prepare it themselves or purchase meals partially for fully prepared.  Extension is a reliable source of home food safety and preparation information.  Classes can be provided on a variety of food safety related topics upon request.

girl washing handsGerm City

This program/exhibit teaches and motivates children and families about the importance of hand washing for good health and food safety.  The Germ City exhibit is a 7’ high x 7’ long x 3’ wide tent-like structure with ultra-violet light inside.  Children and adults apply a black light sensitive lotion to their hands and enter the Germ City to see pretend germs.  After the initial observation, participants wash their hands normally and re-visit Germ City to assess their effectiveness.

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The “Healthy Eating with Diabetes: A Nutrition Education Workshop” teaches individuals how to successfully manage their diabetes through healthy eating habits.

 October 21, 2013