Eat Better

Eating better doesn’t just mean eating less. It means eating smarter, too. The programs, tips and information below can help along the way.

Verdant Programs

Diabetes Prevention Program

Program funded: Beginning in 2018

Nine out of 10 people with prediabetes do not know that they have it. This statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is alarming. At the Verdant Health Commission, we want to help our community members identify if they are at risk of developing diabetes and find support to prevent or manage it.

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Heath Access Program for Underserved Communities

Chronic Kidney Disease Education & Prevention

Everyday Prevention Program

Program funded: January 2015 – December 2017, Renewed January 2018 – December 2020

How do non-English speakers access health and wellness education? For first-generation immigrants, the answer may be that they simply don’t. The Verdant Health Commission partnered with Korean Women’s Association to make it easier for Korean speakers to learn how to manage their health and navigate the health care system.

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Tips & Info

Commit to change!

Verdant is offering two NEW programs for individuals ready to commit to improving nutrition and increasing physical activity starting in June 2018. You’ll benefit from small groups, being engaged, deeper knowledge, and take-home activities.

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Made it through one month of your New Year’s Resolution?

​So, we’ve made it through the first month of 2018. ​How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? If you just expelled a huge sigh of exhaustion, you are not alone. ​This next month is when things tend to fall apart if you fail to reflect on your resolutions. Remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing, and come up with a healthy, cost-effective reward to treat yourself for making it through the second month of the year.

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Incredible eggs

Eggs can be a great source of protein for growing kiddos! Eggs can also be tons of fun to cook and bake with.
​Get young children involved in the kitchen with simple tasks like cracking eggs, beating yolks and whites with a fork, or peeling hard-boiled eggs. Older kids can gain skills working with a heat source to cook eggs or may enjoy learning about the more complex scientific functions of eggs in a combination recipe, like angel food cake!

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Nutrition’s role in disease prevention

Evidence is mounting that a healthy diet can help protect you from some diseases. What you eat — or don’t eat — may help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and type 2 diabetes. With this in mind, here’s how to use your diet to help reduce your risk of disease.

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What is a whole grain?

When a grain is processed, or refined, at least one of the components is removed from the grain. One of the many reasons why whole grains are a smart choice is that they contain FIBER!

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Meatless meals: The benefits of eating less meat

It can be challenging to serve healthy meals when you’re trying to save money. Consider serving budget-friendly meatless meals once or twice a week. Meatless meals are built around beans, lentils, vegetables, and whole grains. These plant-based proteins tend to be less expensive and offer more health benefits than meat.

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Try these recipes: Summer salads

The Verdant Community Wellness Center cooking demo class on Summer Salads in June filled up quickly — but you can still try the recipes offered during that class on your own. Read on for more information.

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