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Spring has arrived!  Imagine warmer days, flowers blooming and the smell of fresh cut lawns!  It’s also the perfect time to take inventory of our health.

  • Schedule appointments and health screenings.  Talk with your doctor to determine a health plan that works for you.
  • De-clutter your medicine cabinet.  Medication should be stored in a dry, cool cabinet.  Check the expiration dates of all medications.   Check with the drug stores or police departments to learn how to dispose safely of old medications.
  • Discard old makeup.  Most products have a one year shelf life.  Throw out products that have an odor or separation of ingredients.
  • Find your calm.  Learn to decrease stress instantly.  Close your eyes and focus on your breathing, envision a place that is peaceful.
  • Choose in-season, local produce.  Visit a farmers’ market and gain nutritional benefits with spring produce.
  • Go outside-talk a walk and benefit from physical activity and the wonders of the arrival of spring.
  •  Improve your happiness – get rid of clothes in your closet that don’t flatter you.  Get rid of the stuff you don’t want.  Research reveals that helping out others improves our happiness.

Take these steps to help improve your overall health and enjoy spring!

Author:  Beth Stefura M Ed, RD,LD.  Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Mahoning County, Crossroads EERA, stefura.2@osu.edu

Reviewer: Marilyn Rabe, Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Franklin County, Heart of Ohio EERA, rabe.9@osu.edu

Sources:  http://www.webmd.com/allergies/spring-clean

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Sunshine, warm weather and spring rain usher in a new growing season for our local farmers. It won’t be long until we see the products of their efforts at a local farmer’s market.

Early markets will be opening up in the next few weeks. You can expect to see early crops such as asparagus, rhubarb aRedLentilRhubarbSoupnd maple syrup. As we get into May, there will be more of the greens showing up – kale, collards, and mustard greens. Check out the Ohio Farm Bureau’s OUR OHIO website for more information about fruits and vegetables in season, http://ourohio.org/food/whats-in-season. And, try this recipe for Red Lentil and Rhubarb Soup, http://ourohio.org/food/recipes/532/red-lentil-and-rhubarb-soup.

Written by: Linnette Goard, Field Specialist, Food Safety, Selection and Management, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, goard.1@osu.edu.

Reviewed by: Kathy Green, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Butler County, Miami Valley EERA.

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Fruits and Vegetables

Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables each day.

Health organizations recommend eating at least 2½ cups of vegetables and fruits each day to decrease the risk of cancer and other diet related diseases as well as to help maintain weight. According to the 2013 State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio adults on average are only consuming about half the vegetables and fruits their bodies need. In fact, 40% of adults reported eating less than one serving of fruit per day, and 26% reported eating less than one serving of vegetables per day.

So why are vegetables and fruits so good for us? Fresh vegetables and fruits are packed with antioxidants, nutrients and fiber, yet are low in calories. One of the best ways to get fresh vegetables and fruits is from local farmers markets. There are many advantages to buying locally. Buying local produce benefits the consumer, the economy and the environment.

Foods grown and sold locally are more likely to be fresh. Many growers pick their produce right before selling, allowing the food to have the fullest possible flavor. Buying local foods keeps dollars in your own community, supporting the local economy. Additionally in many cases, you are supporting the strong American tradition of the family farm. Buying local also helps the environment. Because these foods are sold close to where they are grown, they do not have to be shipped long distances, diminishing the environmental impact.

To find farmers markets in your community, check your local Ohio State University Extension office in your county or your local chamber of commerce and ask if they have a local foods guide. Some great websites to check out to find local farmers markets in your area include:

The Ohio Market Maker: Connecting willing markets and quality sources of food from farm and fisheries to fork in Ohio. http://oh.marketmaker.uiuc.edu/

The Ohio Farm Bureau: The Our Ohio Buying Local Directory connects customers to the farms and farmers that produce local foods, plus agritourism opportunities, plant nurseries, wineries and Christmas tree growers. http://www.ourohio.org

What fresh vegetable or fruit are you going to buy local this week?

Sources:
Buy Local Buy Fresh http://www.buylocalbuyfresh.net/displaysection.php?section=About

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/downloads/State-Indicator-Report-Fruits-Vegetables-2013.pdf

Local Harvest http://www.localharvest.org

Written by: Shannon Carter, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Fairfield County, carter.413@osu.edu.
Reviewed by: Lisa Barlage, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Ross County, barlage.7@osu.edu.

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