Whether you like to grow your own vegetables, shop at the farmers’ market, or dash through the drive-through at your favorite restaurant, deciding what to eat is a part of everyday life. The MSU Extension Service works through county offices to teach Mississippians of all ages how to make healthy food choices. Evidence based programs, such as Show Me Nutrition, make learning about food and fitness fun for kids. Extension also produces the popular TV segment, “The Food Factor.” From recipes to tips on preserving your garden’s bounty, Extension has a wide variety of resources available.
Students will be headed back to the classroom this month, and it’s important to make sure they have the proper nutrition to fuel their learning. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)
If you’re looking for a fresh and low-fat summertime potluck food that features locally grown produce, this fresh corn salad is quick to make and is a crowd pleaser. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Art Shirley)
It’s hard to stay hydrated in the heat and humidity of summer if you aren’t a fan of water. Sodas and other caffeinated and sugary drinks can contribute to dehydration, so what should you do if you just can’t drink another glass of plain old water? (Photo by Jonathan Parrish)
If you have a lot of fresh produce you want to preserve, freezing is the fastest and easiest method. But before you throw those veggies in a freezer bag, check to see if they should be blanched. (Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)
Healthy eating is important at every age, but older adults should pay special attention to their diets.
As adults age, several physical changes can affect how the body digests food and absorbs nutrients, said Pamela Redwine, Mississippi State University Extension agent in Yalobusha County.