University of Illinois Extension

Archives for February 2016

February 25, 2016

Richard Hentschel host of Green Side Up continues to talk with Laura Barr on the revised Dietary Guidelines for Americans for 2016. It is more about learning a healthy eating pattern that can be a long term positive change. Limiting sugars, bad saturated fats and salt in all our meals is helpful. Start at home; later make better choices when eating out. The guidelines are promoting nutrient dense foods over energy dense foods.

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February 18, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel discusses National Heart Month with Laura Barr, Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer worldwide. Cooking and eating healthy foods flavored with herbs for seasonings along with root vegetables and using less salt is great way to start. Laura says to start with a good check up to find your base levels of blood pressure and cholesterol as you begin any changes in exercise. Laura also talks about managing stress, alcohol and smoking and their impacts on our health.

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February 11, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel talks about the differences in what we call the average frost free date and absolute frost free date and what that means to a gardener. Some plantings can start as early as 4-6 weeks ahead or our average frost free date and others have to wait until 2-3 weeks after.

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February 4, 2016

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up discussed the importance of knowing and understanding all those initials seen in the vegetable and fruit catalogue behind the name of our favorite vegetable or fruit. These initials are indicators of specific to diseases we cannot control in our gardens and home fruit orchards. Other initials like F1 refer to how many breeding generations away from the parental cross.

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