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¡Es tiempo de unirse a Walk Georgia!

6 Sep

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En la foto, de izquierda a derecha: Janet Hollingsworth, Appling County, Susan Howington, Henry County, Raymond Joyce, Laurens County, and Edda Cotto-Rivera and Jessica Hill from DeKalb County.

El domingo pasado en la pista de carreras del Atlanta Motor Speedway, participé en la “Caminata Familiar”, un evento en donde se promovió el primer día de inscripción del programa Walk Georgia. Más de 1000 personas disfrutaron de esta actividad cuyo propósito es el de mantenerse activo y saludable, algunos de ellos aprovecharon la oportunidad para inscribirse y participar en el programa Walk Georgia.

Walk Georgia es un programa gratuito de 12 semanas auspiciado por la Extensión Cooperativa de la Universidad de Georgia y respaldado en parte por la fundación Coca Cola. El programa está diseñado para ayudar a la gente a llevar un registro de su actividad física, y a mantenerlos activos y saludables. El tiempo que usted pasa realizando su  actividad física favorita se convierte en millas de manera que  usted viaja de manera “virtual” a través del bello estado de Georgia.  Usted tiene la oportunidad de competir amistosamente con otros residentes de su condado y de ver su progreso en el transcurso de algunas semanas. Inés y yo estamos en una competencia amistosa para descubrir cuál de nuestros condados, Gwinnett o DeKalb tiene más participantes en este programa.

Las fechas de inscripción están abiertas hasta el 9 de octubre del 2013. Para más información y para registrase como individuo o con un equipo de 4 amigos o de familiares, visite la página de internet: http://www.walkgeorgia.org. ¡Ya sea que camine, baile, corra o nade, veámonos en Walk Georgia!

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It’s time to join Walk Georgia!

6 Sep

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In the picture from left to right: Janet Hollingsworth, Appling County, Susan Howington, Henry County, Raymond Joyce, Laurens County, and Edda Cotto-Rivera and Jessica Hill from DeKalb County.

Last Sunday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, I participated in the “Family Track Walk”, an event were we promoted the first day of registration for Walk Georgia. More than 1,000 people enjoyed this activity which purpose is to stay active and healthy. Many of them took the opportunity to register and participate in the Walk Georgia program.

Walk Georgia is a free 12-week program sponsored by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension,  and supported in part by the Coca Cola Foundation. It is designed to help people to maintain a record of their physical activity, and motivate them to stay active and healthy. The time you spend doing your favorite activity is converted into miles so you can travel “virtually” across the beautiful state of Georgia. You have the opportunity to engage in a friendly competition with other residents of your county and see your progress throughout the weeks. Ines and I are engaged in our own friendly competition to discover which county, Gwinnett or DeKalb, has more participants!

The registration is open until October 9, 2013. For more information and to register yourself or a team of 4 friends or relatives visit the following link: www.walkgeorgia.org. Either you walk, dance, run or swim, let’s see each other at Walk Georgia!

Healthy and easy snacks for after schools activities

15 Aug

My son Nicholas is having soccer practice three times a week in the evenings, and games on the weekends. To plan healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks on my tight schedule, I use MyPlate, the nutrition guide published by the United States Department of Agriculture, as a guide. Meal planning and health tips can be found online at ChooseMyPlate.gov.manzana

If we have to eat fast food, we look up for options that are lower in fat and calories. We decide what will be ordered before going into the restaurant. Unfortunately low sodium foods are rare in fast food or any restaurant, but we eat lower sodium foods at home to make the overall intake of sodium less.

About 17 percent of fast food menu items can be considered “healthy choices,” according to fastfoodmarketing.org. On kid’s menus, approximately 12 of the 3,039 possible meal combinations meet nutritional criteria for preschoolers, and 15 combinations meet the criteria for older children.

To help on-the-go families, UGA Extension provides a few tips for healthy snacks and meals.

Simple snacks: plain, dried or paired fruits with sorbet or cottage cheese, yogurt, whole grain cereal, 100 percent frozen fruit bars, nuts for older children, trail mix — made with whole grain cereal, nuts and dried fruit —, homemade fruit breads and muffins (such as banana bread or carrot muffins), low-fat cheese with wholegrain bread or hummus and whole grain pita.

Planned snacks: A few snacks that can be made at home, then stored in a cooler or otherwise retained away from home include peanut butter sandwiches, salads with light dressing, milk in small boxes, hard-boiled eggs, single servings of cottage cheese, cut-up vegetables with light dip made with plain yogurt and homemade soups in thermos bottles.

Before and after practice snacks: Cut-up fruit and/or vegetables, yogurt, milk, half a sandwich made with real turkey (not lunch meat) or low-fat cheese or whole-grain crackers and low-fat cheese make good snacks for active kids.