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ERSPECTIVES Page 4 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, NARCH 4, [20 5 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK... By Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist BY ALLISON OLIJ kB EDITOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS For my birthday my moln gave me an activity tracker. This goofy doodad looks like a bracelet but it tracks your steps like a pedometer Would with the lit- tle computer tracker hidden inside. She has been wearing hers for a while now and thought it would be something that I might like. I have had it on lbr about a week and I have become slightly ob- sessed. It links to the computer where there are a series of goals lbr you to meet. My main goal is 10,000 steps per day. As soon as I hit that it starts to buzz to let me know I've done it. Along with that there is a light bar that shows what percentage of lny steps have been hit to let me know how close I am to my goal. On my mom days where I chase babies and play hide and seek and pick up the toys for the billionth time that goal is a bit more attainable than on my work days when I am stating at a computer screen, but I find nay- self reaching file exad of the day say- ing, 2,000 more steps... I could do that. There is a calorie goal, a very active minute goal, and a ]nile goal than 5,000 steps a day." built into the computer analysis. The 10,000 steps a day concept The other day I hit my steps at isn't an exact science and it proba- about 8 p.m. and went to check nay bly won't help shake the baby stats and I noticed that I was only a weight, but I have been sleeping bet- half of a mile or so from my mile ter and I feel slightly more accom- goal so ! went for it and managed to plished having met a silly little knock off the calorie goal, and the goal each day. active minute goal all ill one shot. The CDC reconunends 150 rain- It was kind of fun. utes of moderate activity per day and I am not a big exerciser. Before according to an article on live- I had kids 1 would pay tbr gyln science.corn that would hit around memberships or classes becausethe 8,000 step per day mark, but that nagging voice inside my head what is the hann in a little extra. would say, "You paid for it, you'd It makes the difference between better use it." Now I have this nagging light on choosing to drive to the bank or my wrist telling me to get offmy butt choosing to walk to the bank, tak- for a few more minutes, ing the elevator or taking the stairs. According to an Altru blog post Healthy living doesn't have to be from Jan. 5, "Only t6.3 percent of a New Year's thing. Sometimes it American adults reach the recom- just has to be one silly little goal, one mended 10,000 steps a day. In fact, day at a time. 36.1 percent of American adults Like" the WaL~h CounO," Press on Face- qualify as sedentary, defined as less t, ....... ; t f , Hello, Lately, you may have noticed your neighbor driving by and wear- ing his good Sunday go to meeting Stetson hat. He'll be driving his pick- up and maybe have a dog in the back, or sitting up next to hiln. His wife may be sitting alongside if he is going to Bowman or Dickinson, or Belle or Mobfidge. Someplace where she can pick up a few gro- ceries and buy a birthday gift for a grandson or daughter who has a birthday coming up. It's the time of the year when bull sales are taking place across the northern plains. Most any day you can go to a bull sale within a hun- dred miles of your yard. There are hundreds of sales representing dozens of breeds of cattle. Now, for the past couple months, when I pick up the mail, I usually pick up at least one sale catalog. These catalogs have a wealth ofin- folxnation. They describe a bull's pedigee and his actual physical traits. They explain that you can ex- pect your calves to be 10 pounds heavier when sired by Lot 3, than if sired by Lot 32. They tell you that if you keep the replacement heifers out of Lot 62, those heifers will pro- duce more milk than Lot 16. If you are smarter than I, which I presmne most people are, these figures are very useful. But they often don't list the things that interest me. They will say lunch will be sewed. But they don't say if it burgers or roast beef. They neglect to infoma me if there will be pie or cookies. They don't let me know that if they are serving re- freshments following the sale, if it will be Grand Canadian or Jack Daniels. I have a frieud who sometimes at- tends bull sales with me. Other buyers rel r to us as the "carp" broth- ers. We ale bottom feeders. We don't look at the bulls before the sale and try to pick out the best ones. Be- cause we don't plan on spending that much money, It is wonderful for your ego to walk through a hundred bulls and pick out what you think are the best bulls. And then you set in the ring with your catalog and you have those three bulls marked with five stars, three exclamation points, and cilcled. And those bulls bring fif- teen thousand to seven hundred thousand dollars. When you were hoping to buy them tbr three thou- sand. So, my friend and I kind of doze offfor the first half or three quarters of the sale. Then as the quality starts to decline a little, and the price slips a little, we start to perk up! And then on the way home, de- pending on how late we stayed for pie and coffee, we brag how we bought bulls just as good as those top ones for a fraction of the cost. And the only ones that know bet- ter are our wives and the guy that buys our calves. I gotta go. He's picking me up in fifteen minutes. I hope it's hot beef and mashed potatoes!. Later, Dean , ,, ii @iii?i!ili~? ~ii!!..~i~!}~ii!~iii!iiii~1~ii~ii~i~i~i~i~iiiii~ii~i~iii!~iiii!ii~i!ii~ii~!ii!;iii~ii~i@!!~:.;:~ :;ii! ;,y~; ::i ,, ,ii~?!i!~i'i,%:~!:,!:i@il;~!;i!ii!i!il i ;;i il; i!',', :i, , ,", q (;(xxl Happenings at Our yO) l. ,samaritanGood Samaritan (>..Q Soeiet ..... Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dir. Maich hgs' rrived! We are SO' ....... Mar. :' "-"" ............... : .... ready for Spring! We planted Group and Men's Time, lpm some seeds and are hoping the m- Making Chicken Noodle Soup, mor of an early spring is true. 5pm Rosary, 6pro Men's Night This week Mar. lst- 7th Mar. 10th 3:30 Bible Study Mar. I st 2:30 Worship w/Pas- Mar. 1 lth 3pm Bingo tor Masko, 3:30 Lamb or Lion Mar. 12th 3pm Birthday Party Mar. 2nd: 10am Embroidery Hosted by Good Samaritan Aux- Group and Men's Time, lpm iliary, 6:30 Movie Night Making Beef Barley Soup, 4pm Mar. 13th 10:30 Nail Time, Hymn Sing, 5pro Rosal% 6:453pm Planting, 7pro Mennonite Bingo Singers Mar. 3rd 3:30 Bible Study Mar. 14th 9:30 Mass w/Father Mar. 4th 3pro Bingo Luiten, lpm Crafts, 2:15 Bingo Mar 5th 2:30 Devotions w/ Thank You to our many volun- Communion 3:15 Piano w/Father teers: Pastor Masko, Shirley Sobo- Luiten, 6:30 Movie Night lik, Linda Larson, Amold Braaten, Mar. 6th 10:30 Nail Time, 3pm Cheryl Cox, Karla Nygard, Rummage S le Dorothy Novak, Jeanean McMil- Mar. 7th 9:30 Mass w/Fatherlan, Pastor Hinrichs, Father Luiten, Luiten, lpm Word Games, 2:15 Terry Hagen, and any I may have Bingo missed. Next Week Mar. 8th- 14th If you would like to come and Mar. 8th Spring Ahead with volunteer( even to play cards or your clocks, 2:30 Worship w/Pas- other games) please call Rose UI- tor Antal, 3:30 Time Trivialand at 701-284-7115. ~i-~ ,' , .... ~i-, )iY~iiiil,41Ciii~iiii!iiii~i!iUiii~iiiiiiiii!iiii~itiiii!i!ili/i:i;!iii!ili!i;C I:)o YOU NEED A MEASLES i laab Walsh County Health District ..... ,. ,,.,.o,. Short Shots The vaccine for Measles is part Adults born in 1957 or later of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, who are not at high risk (see bul- and Rubella) vaccine. Since the let point above) are recommend- outbreak ofmeaslesin the United ed to have a t least one docu- States many people and agencies mented dose of MMR vaccine or have had questions about who laboratory evidence of immunity will need a measles shot? See be- to measles. low Ibr the current recommenda- Adults born before 1957 are tions from the state health depart- ment. These recommendations presumed to be immune to measles are based on the fact that there arebecause the disease was so wide- no cases of measles in North spread before 1957 that it is like- Dakota. i ly they were exposed to or had the MMR is routinely recom- disease. mended for children at 12 to 15 Infants 6 to 11 months of age months of age and 4 to 6 years of should receive one dose of MMR age. if they are traveling internationally. Two doses of MMR are re- (These children will need two quired to attend ND schools grades fbllow up doses of MMR vaccine kindergarten through 12, and ND after the age of 12 months) colleges. One dose of MMR vaccine is MMR is also required to at- 93 percent effective, 2 doses of tend childcare in ND (one dose by MMR is 97 percent effective. 15 months of age and 2 doses by Who should NOT be vacci- Kindergarten entry) Adults, regardless of age who nated with MMR: Infants younger are healthcare workers, interna- than 12 months who are not trav- tional travelers or college stu- eling internationally, pregnant dents are considered high risk women, immunocompromised in- and lnust have two doses of MMR dividuals and anyone with a life vaccine or laboratory evidence threatening allergy to the MMR of immunity: vaccine. L ]r ~* /~ /q egtstanve oamage s Sustainable, So Far The best way to assess the ef- clergy authorized to represent the fectiveness of the Legislature is to assembly before God in future ses- compare the piles of good bills sions. Maybe we will have a pre- with the piles of bad bills at scribed prayerthatis all-inclusive. "crossover" time. (Crossover is starting with "to whom it may con- the point at which all surviving cem." bills must be reported to the sec- Instead of fooling around with ond house.) the election laws, the Legislature That would be solid scientific ought to pass a law requiring Sen- measurement except we have such a disagreement over what consti- ator Heidi Heitkamp to tell what tutes a good bill and what consti- she plans to do in 2016 or her tutes a bad bill. Invariably, one name will not be printed on an legislator's good bill is another election ballot ever again. legislator's bad bill. Then there's the bill to permit Sometimes good bills are the trainingofdental hygienists, treated as bad bills and bad bills the idea being to reduce the aching are treated as good bills. It's really need in rural areas for dental care. a matter of personal preference The dental association will go and we concoct some logic to jus- along with the bill if there are no tify our choice, teeth in it. At any rate, what we have atA chorus of approval welcomed crossover are the leftovers. Some the bill requiring passage of a goodand some bad, like leftovers civics test for all high school stu- in the fridge. Nevertheless, both dents before they Call graduate. If houses end up with some goodstudents flunk the test, they will bills and some bad bills. To get rid spend another year in school pur- of all bad bills, it would be neces- sary to have a 3-house legislature, suing a very narrow field of study. It was news to me that a candi- Consider good and bad in this: the Legislature refused to increase date for public office could use tobacco taxes to curb cancer but it leftover campaign money to buy a outlawed sex trafficking. Both are new suit, a round at the bar, a new prosperous businesses. Both create car or whatever. Now that the jobs. Both have victims. Both are news is out, some opportunists evil. In 50 words or less, please ex- may start running for the leftover plain, money. Then there are the proposed re- Then there was a bill dictating sponses to North Dakota's binge the location of beehives. It was drinking crisis. One bill would killed with the argument that jobs lower the drinking age to 18 and were at stake. The worker bees had another would extend drinking high hopes of getting a respite but hours to include Sunday mornings, they didn't have a lobbyist. (If they feel guilty for not being in One bill proposes to keep secret church, they want to enjoy it.) the names of persons recruited for Legislators take an oath to de- fend and protect the state constitu- high education office. I have a friend who said that he would tion before proposing numerous bills to undermine the constitu- gladly go public with a declaration tional authority of the Board of to be the chancellor of higher edu- Higher Education. Power corrupts cation just for the severance pack- and a little power gets stretched a age. long way. I hope that enhanced driver's li- Even prayer caused a rhubarb, cense bill passes. I should go to No doubt, we will have an interim Canada. It has been widely sug- study on the qualifications of gested. 'At any rate, what we at crossover are the leftovers. Some left- good and some bad, like bills all bad have a 3- overs in the fridge. both houses end up with some and some bad bills.To get rid bills, it would be necessary to house legislature. NDSU Extension Service Bring on the Leafy Greens Winter Onr snow accumulation in North Dakota has been meager this win- ter. Looking out my window, I can see spots of dormant, brownish grass. I'm not complaining. At this time of winter, I begin wishing for spring and the sigaa of green vegetation. I do not have a warm-weather-destination trip planned, so I probably won't see grass for a few months. I decided we should add more leafy greens to our wintry comfort- food-filled menu. My menus tend to have more cooked vegetables than fresh ones. On the bright side, fresh, frozen and canned vegetables are nutritious, and they all count toward the adult goal of 2 cups per day. I just need some "fresh vegetation'7 now and then. I was inspired while shopping at a warehouse-type store to buy a fair- ly large plastic bin of mixed leafy greens. The spinach, romaine and other leafy greens were welcome ad- ditions to my plate. When I stacked my plate with greens for a couple of meals, I did- n't seem to be making a "'dent" in the container. My family had a "standard" side dish of mixed greens until we ate the entire container of salad. Leafy greens are among the "nu- tritional powerhouse foods" in our diet. Dark green vegetables include spinach, romaine, collards, turnip, mustard greens and broccoli. Un- fortunately, many people do not eat enough dark green vegetables, so ct ent recommendations set a spe- cific goal for leafy greens. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans reconunends that we have at least 1 1/2 cups of dark green vegetables per week: Why the emphasis on dark green vegetables? These low-calorie foods contain natural pigments that are to make a main-dish salad that you can transport to work or eat at home. Be sure to leave enough room in the jar for plenty of leafy greens. Add 2 tablespoons of your fa- vorite salad dressing to the bottom of a quart-sized mason jar. Add a layer of"hard" vegetables, such as sliced carrots, cucumbers, radishes and chopped broccoli. These vegetables protect the layers from getting soggy. Add cooked beans or brown rice. Add protein such as canned tuna, hard-cooked eggs or leftover roasted chicken. If desired, add soft vegetables or fruits such as avocado slices, toma- to chunks or diced strawberries. Add nuts or seeds, such as al- monds, walnuts or sunflower seeds. Add salad greens, especially dark green ones (romaine, etc.). Top the jar with the lid and store in the refrigerator. When you can'y it to work, try an insulated lunch bag to keep it cool. Use within four days for best quality. Brighten your winter menus by integrating more leafy green veg- etables into your menus. Add some kale, spinach or broccoli to your fa- vorite soups or casseroles such as this tasty and easy breakthst casse- role that you can personalize. As-You-Like-It Breakfast Casse- role: 8 eggs, 2 c. grated cheddar cheese, 2 c. milk, 1/8 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. pepper, 6 slices day-old bread, cut into cubes Additions (choose two or three): 1 c. corn (cooked or frozen) 1/2 c. chopped broccoli or spinach 3/4 c. sliced mushrooms 1/4 c. sliced green onions or chopped onion .... ,, ,; converted to vitamin A, which : !:;le'cubedham ', .... ,, Preheatthe oven to 350 degrees. plays a role in maintaining the Beat the eggs ha a larse bowl: Mix health of our skin and eyes. in the milk, chresg, Sa~l(and pepper. Some pigments in leafy greens, Add the bread andcai~efully stir un- namely lutein an~zeaxanthin, play a role in maintainmg our eye:health, til all pieces of bread are moistened When you have spinach, kale and (don't overmix). Add additions. broccoli, you literally are "'feeding your eyes." Leafy greens are among the best sources of vitamin K, which is im- portant for blood cl9tting, heart health and bone health. People on certain blood-thin- ning medications are advised to keep a consistent intake of leafy greens so the drug does not interact with the vitamin. Be sure to follow the guid- ance from your health-care provider. If you are a Pinteresr fan, you may have seen pictures of "salads in ajar." If you are inspired and a lit- tle crafty, try this layering technique Bake in casserole dish for one to 1 1/2 hours, until the top is browned and the center springs back :when touched, with no liquid present. Let cool for 10 minutes betbre serving. Makes 12 sewings. When made with broccoli, mushrooms and onions, each serving has 180 calo- ries, 10 grams (g) of fat, 12 g pro- tein, 10 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber and 270 milligrams sodiuna. Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph;D.; R.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State Unh'ersiO' Ex- tern'ion Sen,ice fi)od and mto'iticm SlXX:hdist amt In~ffessor in the Dt,partment qf Health; Nutri- tion and Exemise &qeHces. I Editor's Note [ The Extension Ex.chan e co]umnn was not a ailable this week. It will return as soon as possible. County Walsh County Extension Offic ! Park River- 701-284-6624 = : . New Agent-In-Tralnlng for Walsh County I grew up in Jordan Minnesota, ride. which is located south of the Twin I am very excite t0 ,vork for Cities. I have always been inter- Walsh County and spread my ested in Equine, but as I gradually knowledge to the c0n rniJni v and got older I also became interested to also learn from mZ co-workers in Beef production. I am graduate and also from the COl~unity it- of the University of Minnesota, Crookston. I received a Bachelor of Science, in Equine Science Pre- Veterinarian, and a n]inor in Ani- mal Science. t have a very strong background in Animal Health, but self. ..... ; Spring Fever: Garden Forums Learn how to care for your yard and garden free of charge from NDSU experts through your home looking forward to learning more computer or at your. C0 NDSU about crops. Extension Service bffi e. ' In my spare time I enjoy deer Forums will be !teld March 23, hunting during the fall, spring time 24, 30 and 31 from 6i30pm to 8:30 I enjoy getting back outside and pm CDT start to enjoy the sunshine, sum- mertime is filled with time at the lake, and then winter I enjoy watching hockey. ! am very active in ahnost anything that can be done outside. Back at home we have a big garden that we plant every year, so I have always enjoyed watching the plants grow and mak- ing salsa in the fall time. Being a horse lover I will never turn down the opportunity to go for a nice trail Topics include selecting land- scape trees, container gardening, attracting pollinatorS,-growing herbs and hardy fruits, pruning ,' shrubs and preventing diseases.. / Extension specialists wi!l give short presentations and tlien!an- 7, i swer your questions. : : l ~ : /' To register, g6= i to or contact your county office of the NDSU Extension Service.