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Health

  • Winter weather in Kentucky tends to present challenges in the form of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. What isn’t talked about often is the discomfort weather can cause inside the home.

    UK Extension Professor for Environmental Control Systems, Robert Fehr, shares this information about dealing with humidity levels in the home. The itch that plagues many people during winter can be the result of inside air that does not contain adequate moisture. Low humidity levels can cause high levels of discomfort including dry skin and stuffy sinuses.

  • The physical benefits of a healthful diet include increased resistance to illness, faster recuperation times, higher energy levels, and better management of chronic diseases. The mental benefits are just as important and include increased cognitive function, better stress management, and emotional balance.

    Here are some basic guidelines from UK Health & Wellness for healthful eating as you age:

    Choose more whole foods and fewer processed foods. Focus on food that is as close to its natural form as possible.

  • When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its final guidance on menu labeling in late April, it was the last step in a process to require restaurants, convenience stores, take-out, retail establishments and supermarkets to publish the calorie content of their food on their menus.

    Some chain restaurants are already publishing this information on some items in anticipation of this announcement. Others have until May 2017 to implement the change.

  • Most Americans get plenty of protein. In fact, their problem isn’t too little protein but too much of the calories and saturated fat that accompany such popular protein sources as cheeseburgers or fried chicken. But people over age 50 might need to pay attention to getting adequate protein, not just at dinner time but throughout the day.

  • Are you trying to rescue a failed New Year’s resolution? It has been well documented that when people monitor their behavior and measure how they are doing, they are often inspired to do better and achieve positive results. The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is launching an online Small Steps to Health and Wealth(tm) Challenge called “Kentucky 2016 Resolution Restart.” This free four-week program is designed to help you improve both your health and personal finance behaviors.

  • By Melissa Phillips

    Tobacco Coordinator Lincoln Trail District Health Dept.

  • Eggs are an easy, low-cost source of protein for your family meals. In making hard-boiled eggs, for easier peeling, use eggs that are seven to 10 days old. Pack hard-boiled eggs for lunch. Slice or cut into wedges for tossed salad. Dice for egg salad.

    Directions: Place eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in single layer. Add cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Cook on high heat just to boiling. Remove from burner and cover pan.

  • Do you know what public health does for you? 

    Lincoln Trail District Health Department offers a variety of services “behind the scenes.”

    Public health workers truly are silent champions in the community. In fact, many of our success stories include the things that never happened because our primary mission is prevention of disease, disability, and injury. 

  • For most people, the upcoming months signal the arrival of fresh, seasonal produce, which promises eating at its finest. However, sometimes that produce isn’t as ripe as you need it to be. Some produce that has traveled a great distance is picked while it is still green and will not be ripe when it reaches the store. For some fruits, you can speed up the ripening process at home.