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January 12, 2010 The Press Page 5 Extension Exchange Walsh County Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent Julie Zikmund, NPH, RD, LRD Nutrition's New Year's Resolutions This time year nany of us make and try to keep New Year's Resolutions. If I were going to influence y.our 2010 resolutions, here are my top 5. 5. Eat More Whole Grains: Look at the ingredient list and check to see if the word "whole" is before the first ingredient. Look for whole wheat, whole rye, whole corn, graham flour, and bulgar. Oats are always "whole" no matter if you buy. Try whole grain pasta, brown rice and wild rice. Look for whole grain crackers, cereals, and other products in the grocery aisles. You can also look for the whole .grain stamp, which is a yellow and black stamp that can be found on some products. The goal is to make at least half of your grains whole. 4. Eat More Dietary Fiber: Most people get about 5-10 grams of fiber each day, when the goal is 25-35 grams. Eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetable will increase your fiber. Fiber keeps the intestinal tract healthy.. It provides bulk and makes you feel full. 3. Eat More.Antioxidants: You can take steps to decrease oxidative damage and protect your cells. Just as paint and wax protect your car, antioxidants protect your cells your cells from free radicals that cause oxidative damage. Several vitamins have antioxidant properties, especially vitamins C, E and beta-carotene (which your body converts to vitamin A). These vitamins work. to remove free radicals from the body. Foods rich in antioxidants include: citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli, brusssel sprouts, cantaloupe, leafy greens, cereals, sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, romaine lettuce and winter squash. Foods rich in antioxidants may help slow or prevent oxidative damage. 2. Eat More Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are "essential" fatty acids, meaning they aren't produced in the body, so you need to get them from your food. One of the omega-3 fatty acids called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is needed for brain function. DHA is a part of your brain cells and helps transport nutrients in and out of the cells. Another type of fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) can be converted to DHA in minimal amounts. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and ALA) also promote heart health. Include salmon, halibut, sardines, tuna, herring, flax, soybeans, and nuts. 1. Eat More Probiotics: The term ',probiotics" refers to dietary supplements or foods that contain beneficial, or "good," bacteria that are similar to those normally found in your body. Although you dofft need probiotics to be healthy, these microorganisms assist with digestion and helping protect against harmful bacteria. Probiotics are found in yogurt (primarily), fermented and unfermented milk, and some juices and soy drinks. Here's to a Healthier 2010! All my best to you and your family - Julie LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD Thank You Street Cleaners My thanks to the Park River Street Dept. for doing an excellent job of getting our streets cleaned. Granted it took a lil longer after our Christmas storm but we must take into account the high amount of snow we got. I have to do my own snow removal and the little bit of snow we got in our driveway was nothing! I think Mr. Denault needs to drive around Grafton and locate the snow ridge "speed-bumps" they have at every intersection. The plows leave every driveway and sidewalk blocked, as my daughter will attest to. Thanks again, to the PR street crew, ! for one appreciate your hard work. Karen Seboe, Park River LIFELINE THE LEADER IN PERSONAL RESPONSE AND SUPPORT SERVICES Tomorrow's Leaders: Children of Nichole & Kelly Perkerewicz of Grafton: Steven age 2, and Titan age 1. I (Photo: Thompson PhotoGraphics - August 2009) | Additional 'Tomorrow's Leaders' will be printed in I future issues of the Walsh County Press. " / 1 New conservation program deadline approaches The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is the newest program available to agricultural producers who want "to improve conservation 6n the land they own or operate. Producers may sign up for CSP at any time, however the latest batching period ends on January 14th. All applications received by that. date will be ranked for environmental benefits - highest ranking applications will be offered a 5 year contract. The CSP program is aimed at producers who are already applying some conservation practices to improve their soil health, water quality and wildlife habitat CSP offers financial and technical assistance to maintain existing conservation practices and add others. Applicants must select at least one conservation enhancement practice. Enhancement practices include practices such as precision Ag management, recycling farm lubricants, cover drops, strip tillage, solar energy for water pumps and electric fences, manage or maintain the conservation practices already in place. Call or stop bs, the Park River NRCS office for an application (284-7466) or visit for more information. Miller celebrates expansion at international level Faye Miller, a member of The Delta Kappa ,Gamma Society International is serving as member of the International Expansion Committee. The organization is a professional honor society for women educators with more than 100,000 members. Established in 17 member countries around the world, the Society defines its mission as promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. The International Expansion Committee met December 4-5, 2009, in Austin, Texas, the headquarters of the organization. The International Expansion Committee is composed of members from Maryland, North Carolina, North Dakota, Mexico, and Sweden. Faye Miller was the only member from North Dakota in attendance at this international meeting. The International President, Dr. Carolyn Rants, from Iowa, also serves on the committee. As a member of the International Expansion Committee, Faye met to celebrate the initiation of 20 educators and installation of a new state organization in Panama. Members from the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico were in Panama City to assist with the installation. The committee also refined the process for expanding into additional countries in the future as well as providing support to Denmark and Estonia, two of our most new state organizations. Faye assisted in the preparation of a workshop for presentation at the 2010 International Convention to be held July 20-24 in Spokane, Washington. Faye said, "This opportunity to meet with leaders from other areas of the world to set goals for the work of the International Expansion Committee provided a new avenue for my professional development. My involvement in this organization allows me to network with professional women educators in 17 member countries, enjoy global affiliation, present professional workshops, and learn from some of the brightest in the profession." This organization of key women educators provides numerous benefits to both members and non-members, many of which are described on its international website, but include scholarships, world fellowships to women from non member countries, grants and stipends for research and special projects, presentations at professional meetings, networking with members in 17 countries, opportunities to write for a juried/peer reviewed publication, participation in community service projects that benefit education and making a difference in the lives of women, children and youth. The 2010 International Convention will be held July 20- 24 in Spokane Washington where over 2000 members will continue to explore ways to promote the professional and personal growth of women educat6rs and excellence in education. Healthy Hearts Coalit[0000n Community Events Are you a smoker or a former smoker? Do you live with someone who smokes? If so, this event is for you. The Walsh County Healthy Hearts Coalition is planning the same event at two local boy's basketball games. The main goals of these events is to educate our community on the connection between secondhand smoke and heart health as well as provide pulmonary function screenings to any one over the age of 18 who smokes, is a former smoker, or lives with someone who smokes. A pulmonary function screening evaluates how well your lungs work. The pulmonary function screening would normally cost approximately $85:00 but are being provided free through funding from the Walsh County Tobacco Prevention Program. The results of the pulmonary function screening will be printed off and forwarded on to your health care provider if desired. There are several things that affect the results of your pulmonary function screen including smoking and secondhand smoke. In addition there will be free blood pressure screenings and information on tobacco cessation for anyone interested. There will also be a display on how to avoid secondhand smoke which is especially critical for anyone with heart and lung disease. The Walsh County Tobacco Coalition is recruiting new members and will be on hand to visit with anyone interested in becoming a member. The goals of the Walsh County Tobacco Coalition are to reduce disease, disability and death related to tobacco use. These events are open to the public and have been scheduled for Friday, January 22nd at the Park River School during the Aggies boy's basketball game against the Valley-Edinburg Titans. The second event has been scheduled for Monday, February 1st in Grafton when the Spoilers play MidwaY/Minto. The events will run from 4:30pm to 8:00pm both evenings and are free to the "public once admission to the game has been paid. In fact, participants will be given a voucher for the concession stand valued at $1.50 as well as be entered into a chance to win a door prize. For any questions concerning this event please contact the Walsh County Health District office at 352-5139. LettePs to the 00dito00 Members, the ELCA has left us. The leadership of the Evangelical decision last August. There were 4.6 million members of ELCA congregations, and those members did not have a voice in this critical decision. In fact, the ELCA Articles of Incorporation (Article VIII) prevent us from voting. Members of Congregations of the Church shall not, as, such, have any voting rights with respect to this corporation." Congregations fund the ELCA from member's offerings, but members have no voice. The ELCA leadership certainly did not _utheran Church of America (ELCA) want congregational members voting on tumed its back on members of ELCA this controversial and unprecedented churches and threatens the very existence proposal because the vast majority of us of the church by allowing non-celibate pastors in homosexual relationships to be ordained into the ELCA. The ELCA has acted contrary to "the inspired Word of God - the authoritative source and norm of---- proclamation, faith and life." (ELCA Constitution Section 2.03) Most members were caught offguard when just a few hundred people at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis made this would have opposed the decision. Last September, 91% of the members surveyed at a congregational meeting of Hosanna! Lutheran Church of Lakeville, MN, one of Minnesota's largest ELCA congregations, supported separation from the ELCA. Also, the two largest ELCA congregations in North Dakota, Hope Lutheran and First Lutheran of Fargo voted to stop funding the ELCA. Not only were the members of the ELCA denied a vote on this controversial proposal, those members do not have the opportunity to directly elect the presiding bishop nor the national church council that theoretically runs the ELCA. No one represents all the laity. What should ELCA members do? 1. Think about our youth. The ELCA decision is a travesty upon our youth. 2, Hold a congregational vote on whether the ELCA should permit non- celibate homosexuals to be ordained as ,pastors. 3. Stop all funding to the ELCA. 4. Contact Lutheran CORE (Coalition for Renewal) IT IS UP TO US LAYPEOPLE. Bob Lee of Staples, Minn., Long-time Union Democrat AI Quie of Minnetonka, Minn., Former Republican Governor DON'T MISS AN ISSUE! SUBSCRIBE TODAY! In-County: $34.00 Out-of-County:$ 38.00 Out-of-State: $42.00 Do you want your news noticed? Do you or your group have a story to tell? We're here to help. Contact The Press: (701) 284-6333 Your hometown paper in the heart of Walsh County. How Lifeline Works To Get You Help Fast 1. SUMMONING HELP- If you need help, push your durable. waterproof personal help button (worn as a pendant). 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