Health365 eNews
September 2014 • Volume 5, Issue 8

Canning: preserving your homegrown goodness

Many agree that one of the best parts of summer is enjoying the abundance of delicious fresh fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, we aren’t as lucky during the winter months when the vegetables aren’t as plump and the fruit isn’t as sweet and juicy.&a


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Many agree that one of the best parts of summer is enjoying the abundance of delicious fresh fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, we aren’t as lucky during the winter months when the vegetables aren’t as plump and the fruit isn’t as sweet and juicy. There is one way to enjoy your homegrown or fresh-picked produce when the air gets cold—canning is a great way to enjoy produce at its peak of perfection all year long!

Here are some of the great benefits of canning:

  1. Canning your own locally grown vegetables allows you to limit the exposure to harmful chemicals and pesticides; you can control the quality of the food that you give your family. You can also choose the amount of sugar and salt, while eliminating many preservatives as well.
  2. Canning saves money. If you’re someone who grows your own garden, you may be wondering what to do with the abundance of homegrown deliciousness. Canning allows you to preserve that food so you can eat it whenever you want. If you don’t grow your own garden, canning fruits and veggies from farmers markets when they are in season will save money, too.
  3. A fully-stocked pantry of locally grown produce also protects you from the fluctuating prices of healthy foods. Take advantage of the low prices while fruits and veggies are plentiful.
  4. Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, so it is important to have plenty of produce available and easily accessible year-round.
  5. A basket of home canned foods makes a great, affordable gift! Homemade jams are a great housewarming, teacher appreciation or holiday gift.
  6. Locally grown, fresh food tastes better than produce at the grocery store, which is typically transported long distances before reaching the shelf. Canning local or homegrown foods allows you to enjoy that ripened-to-perfection, nutrient-rich produce without stepping a foot out of your front door.

For more information about canning at home, explore the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s "Complete Guide to Home Canning." The guide explains the basics of canning and how to can a variety of foods.

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Back-to-school check-up: is it on your check list?

It’s that time of year already—time to start preparing for a new school year. Equipped with pencils, paper and all of the essentials for a successful year, don’t forget the most important item. As you enjoy these last few weeks with your kids before they head back to school, make sure to schedule your child’s back-to-school check-up to ensure a happy, healthy school year.


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It’s that time of year already—time to start preparing for a new school year. Equipped with pencils, paper and all of the essentials for a successful year, don’t forget the most important item. As you enjoy these last few weeks with your kids before they head back to school, make sure to schedule your child’s back-to-school check-up to ensure a happy, healthy school year.

Are your children on schedule with their immunizations?
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Immunizations are critical in preventing the spread of disease among everyone. But most importantly, making sure your children are up-to-date on all their vaccines will help protect them from catching life-threatening diseases and illnesses.

Vaccines introduce a dead or weakened virus to the body. Our immune system develops antibodies to combat the virus; therefore, if the disease is reintroduced to our body, our immune system will recognize it and know how to defeat it.

Be proactive. Have you heard the saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" Children and teenagers need consistent check-ups due to their rapid growth and change. Regular physical exams help address possible health concerns right away, instead of letting them snowball into a serious problem.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of preparing for a new school year, but try to enjoy these last few weeks of summer. A great way to spend time as a family is to include your kids in making dinner or packing lunches; grab a blanket and go on a picnic! There’s plenty of time left to prepare your kids for the fall and still have some summer fun.

There are several vaccines that are important to the health and well-being of your child. If you haven’t already done so, contact your child’s doctor to set up a vaccination schedule, and remember, a healthy child is a happy child! Happy School Year!

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Safety First: is your child ready for another school year?

With the school year fast approaching, it is important to teach your children vital safety measures. Reminding your kids of important safety precautions can help keep them safe and teach them to make smart decisions. Fort HealthCare is here to provide that essential information to ensure a safe school year.


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With the school year fast approaching, it is important to teach your children vital safety measures. Reminding your kids of important safety precautions can help keep them safe and teach them to make smart decisions. Fort HealthCare is here to provide that essential information to ensure a safe school year.

Camp 911
On August 22, Fort HealthCare will host Camp 911. Open to children in grades 4 to 6, Camp 911 is a one-day program focusing on safety, prevention techniques, and health and wellness. Camp 911 partners with community agencies and Fort HealthCare staff to provide a fun, hands-on learning environment that gives children the knowledge, skills, and confidence to protect themselves. The program teaches children how to react safely in emergency situations and increases awareness of health and wellness.

Campers must be entering fourth through sixth grade in the 2013-2014 school year. Registrations are based on a first-come, first-served basis, with limited spots still available. Make sure to register your child today! Beverages, lunch and snacks will be provided. The fee is $15 per camper. In case of rain, activities will be moved indoors.

On My Own At Home
Fort Healthcare also offers On My Own at Home, a program designed for children who are at least 9 years of age and may be home for a short time without an adult. The focus will be on making wise and safe choices and how to handle unexpected situations. The next session is on Saturday, September 14 from 9 am to noon and will be held at the Rock Lake Activity Center in Lake Mills. There is a $20 fee per child.

America’s Night Out Against Crime
Involving more than 37 million people and 15,000 communities all over the country, National Night Out provides families and communities with safety and crime prevention awareness. As stated by Matt Peskin, founder of National Night Out, "It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round."

Fort HealthCare is proud to sponsor the Lake Mills Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 6. The event will be at Lake Mills High School from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm and admission is free. You’ll be able to witness the UW MedFlight Helicopter land and take off and a demonstration by the EMS. There will also be face painting, car seat checks, refreshments, music and more.

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Breastfeeding: the best beginning for baby...and mom!

August is National Breastfeeding Month, celebrating the many benefits of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is ultimately the healthiest option for a mother and her baby; it provides the baby with the best nutrition, while forming a special bond between mother and infant. While breastfeeding may be challenging at first, it will benefit your baby for a lifetime.


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August is National Breastfeeding Month, celebrating the many benefits of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is ultimately the healthiest option for a mother and her baby; it provides the baby with the best nutrition, while forming a special bond between mother and infant. While breastfeeding may be challenging at first, it will benefit your baby for a lifetime.

Benefits for Baby

  1. For the first few days after birth, your breasts make colostrum, a yellow, watery pre-milk, which helps your newborn’s digestive system grown and function.
  2. Breast milk is full of antibodies that boost your baby’s immune system. This helps your baby fight off illnesses. Babies who are breastfed are less likely to suffer from asthma, allergies, colic, and obesity. Breastfed babies have a lower risk of having ear infections, diarrhea, vomiting, meningitis, pneumonia, and other respiratory illnesses.
  3. As your baby grows, breast milk changes to meet your baby’s altering needs. Breast milk has the best nutrients for your baby, something that formula can’t duplicate.
  4. Breast milk has the perfect amount of protein, sugar, fat and water, making it the most nutritious option. It’s also easy for your baby to digest.
  5. Breast milk has DHA, which helps to develop your baby’s brain and eyes.

Benefits for Mom

  1. Breast milk is convenient. You don’t have to worry about washing bottles, sterilizing nipples, measuring formula, or warming up bottles. Breast milk is always the right temperature, so you can feed your baby as soon as she or he is hungry.
  2. Breastfeeding burns calories, so it can help you lose those extra pounds you put on during pregnancy.
  3. The hormone oxytocin is released when breastfeeding. This forces the uterus to contract to its normal size after giving birth.
  4. Breastfeeding mothers have a lower risk of developing ovarian and breast cancers.
  5. Breastfeeding saves money because you don’t have to buy formula. You’ll also save money from fewer trips to the doctor because breastfed babies are overall healthier.

At Fort HealthCare, breastfeeding is discussed throughout pregnancy, and more information is presented both in person and through our childbirth preparation classes. Fort HealthCare also offers a Breastfeeding Support Group that meets the last Thursday of every month from 1:30-3:00 in the Fort Memorial Hospital OB Classroom. There is a lactation consultant who can answer questions and perform infant weight checks. Moms who attend are typically nearing the end of their pregnancy or have a nursing newborn, infant or toddler. All nursing or curious moms are welcome! As always, moms are invited and encouraged to call our Lactation department (920) 568-5396 for guidance on any breastfeeding related issue.

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One hour to save 3 lives, are you in?

Donating blood benefits more than just those who receive it. Unfortunately, fewer than 5 percent of people who are eligible to donate actually do. So what is stopping the rest? Not enough time? Fear of needles? Donating blood only takes about an hour of your time and is one of the safest ways to give back to your community. Not convinced? Here are five benefits of donating blood. Read carefully—you may be surprised!


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Fort HealthCare named to Most Improved list in national IT survey

Fort HealthCare has been named to the prestigious Most Improved list in Hospitals & Health Networks magazine’s Most Wired Survey, in recognition of the accomplishments the healthcare provider has made towards implementing a comprehensive electronic medical record (EMR) system.


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Fort HealthCare introduces Railyard Obstacle Course at Jefferson County Fair

The Railyard Obstacle Course has received rave reviews from physical education, athletic conditioning, personal training and institutional experts worldwide and has been used by college and professional athletes for over 16 years. The course helps develop core strength, cardiovascular fitness and gains in balance, speed, power, agility, flexibility, and coordination.


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Upcoming Events
Fort HealthCare is proud to sponsor a number of community events. All year long, you can find a number of health and fitness related events and classes for the whole family. Check out Health365Events.com to find more activities throughout the community.
August 1 Child Safety Fair
August 3 Read it and Reap
August 5 Childbirth Preparation Classes
August 6 Night Out Against Crime
August 8 Boot Camp
August 8 Cardio Kickboxing
August 8 Glutes & Abs
August 8 Lower Body Sculpt
August 9 Boot Camp Express
August 9 Cardio Kickboxing Express
August 12 Boot Camp
August 12 Cardio Kickboxing
August 12 Core, Balance and Stretch
August 12 Skinny Arms Express
August 13 Boot Camp
August 13 Glutes & Abs (11:30 a.m. – Noon)
August 13 Glutes & Abs (5 – 5:30 p.m.)
August 13 Having Healthy Babies
August 13 Healthy-Steps
August 13 Upper Body Sculpt
August 14 First Aid/CPR/AED
August 14 Body Blast
August 14 Lower Body Sculpt
August 14 Skinny Arms Express
August 14 Step Aerobics
August 14 Upper Body Sculpt
August 15 Basic T’ai Chi
August 15 Continuing T’ai Chi
August 15 Corrections T’ai Chi
August 18 Tour De Fort
August 21 CPR/AED
August 21 Healthy Community Summit
August 22 Camp 911
August 25 Try Cambridge Triathlon
Recipes

Peach and Walnut Barley Salad

Taking advantage of the juicy, fresh peaches that are in season, August is the perfect time to try this new recipe from Clean Eating.



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Taking advantage of the juicy, fresh peaches that are in season, August is the perfect time to try this new recipe from Clean Eating.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Ready in: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted walnut pieces, chopped
  • 1 peach, peeled, pitted and iced (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup 100% orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp chile powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup low-fat feta cheese

Preparation

  1. Cook barley according to package directions, omitting salt.
  2. Drain barley and toss with parsley, walnuts, peach and pepper. In a separate bowl, blend oil, lime juice, orange juice, chile powder and salt. Pour over barley mixture and toss together. Crumble feta over top and serve.

Nutrition

Nutrients per serving (1 cup barley salad): Calories: 305, Total Fat: 10 g, Sat. Fat: 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3.5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g, Carbs: 48 g, Fiber: 10 g, Sugars: 5.5 g, Protein: 9 g, Sodium: 255 mg, Cholesterol: 2.5 mg

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