MED Instead of Meds – for Better Health

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Featuring the Mediterranean-style eating

It’s not a “diet”…’s a flexible eating pattern that focuses on the healthy components that have been traditionally practiced in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. Adopting these ‘basics of healthy eating’ has been shown to decrease the risk of many chronic diseases. Wouldn’t you rather promote health through foods rather than medicine?

All sessions will be held at Cooperative Extension from12:30 – 1:30 on the following dates:

March 14 – Flip Your Protein

How much beef, pork, and lamb should you eat? What about poultry and fish? Find out more about these meats as well as the many plant proteins that are part of a healthy diet. We’ll discuss dairy, eggs, and other proteins too.

March 21 – Swap Your Fat

Which fats and oils should you use? Which ones should you avoid? You might be surprised at the number of delicious options you have. We’ll show you how to use healthy oils and still stay within your calorie budget.

April 11 – Eat More Veggies

Do the colors of vegetables have any health significance? Absolutely! Some foods are truly “superfoods”, packing more than their share of nutrients. Learn how to choose and prepare vegetables wisely to take advantage of their natural benefits.

April 25 – Eat More Fruit

Just like veggies, fruits deliver a powerful health punch, but some can be high in sugar and calories. Learn how to select the best options and experiment with both local and exotic fruits to add color, interest, and new flavors.

May 9 – Enjoy Whole Grains

We know whole grains are good for us, but are we eating the right ones in the right amounts? Find out how to choose whole grains and how to incorporate them into your entrees, salads, and desserts.

May 16 – Snack with Nuts & Seeds

Expand your palette with a variety of nuts and seeds. Discover the health secrets of this Mediterranean staple and how they fit into a healthy eating pattern.

May 23 – Rethink Your Sweets

You can still enjoy tasty beverages and desserts, and even a little red wine, if you choose. Savor some amazingly healthy treats and learn how to balance these with other foods in your diet.

May 30 – Don’t Let the Labels Fool You

The Nutrition Facts label isn’t the only thing you should read on a food package. Ingredient lists, health claims, images, and marketing gimmicks provide the consumer with tons of information. Learn how to decipher truth from fiction!

June 13 – Let’s Go – Grocery Store Tour*

Let’s put our new skills to the test. We’ll go aisle-by-aisle in the grocery store for real-life practice. Grab your comfy walking shoes and let’s go shopping!

  • Free to attend
  • Pre-registration required 1 week prior to each session
  • Small taste samples and recipes provided in each session
  • Designed to fit a working schedule – it’s fine to bring your lunch! (content will be covered between 12:40 – 1:20 to allow travel time).

The best part is that the foods featured in the Mediterranean-style are delicious and satisfying making it easy to incorporate into your meals and snacks. In fact, some foods that you once thought of as too high in fat or “unhealthy”, can become part of your diet again!