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March 2013

UNIVERSITY HOUSING

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

40 YEARS OF NATIONAL NUTRITION INSIDE THIS ISSUE

40 Years of National Nutrition Don’t Worry, Eat Happy Nutrition & the Workplace: You Work How You Eat Student of the Month: February2013 The Changing Shape of Nutrition Nutrition Around the World Recognizing You

3 FOODS TO ADD TO YOUR DIET FOR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS 1.

Salmon. The omega-3s in salmon have been shown to help improve happiness. (Don’t like fish? Try omega-3 supplements instead!)

2. Spinach or Kale. Both of these leafy greens are packed with nutrients such as iron, fiber, and B vitamins. 3. Nuts. Nuts have been shown to improve happiness, increase sleep, and reduce stress.

This year marks the 40th year of National Nutrition Month®. The theme for 2013 is "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day." What I like about this year’s theme is that it acknowledges different food preferences, lifestyles, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns that impact individual food choices. In January, I followed up on our Annual Housing Conference theme saying, “This year, challenge yourself to actively look for and find the hidden positive potential in both the challenges and opportunities you face.” I would like to renew that directive as we enter into spring. Particularly, I want to challenge you to think critically about nutrition in your life. This nutrition edition of the Adult Ed Update is going to provide a little information on and tips about how to get that process started, but it is up to you to discover what really works best for your life. Keep in mind, even the smallest changes can make an extremely positive difference.

DON’T WORRY, EAT HAPPY! I find many useful tips, recipes and ideas on Pinterest.com. Occasionally, I come across some humorous things there as well, like this picture. It is funny, because, for many of us, it’s true. Not only can how much you eat (or do not eat) impact your level of happiness, but what you eat can as well. In fact, some of the first indicators of nutrient deficiency are in mood, expressions of emotions, and concentration. When your body is out of balance and lacking in substance, it deteriorates, both physically and mentally. This deterioration can leave you feeling cranky, fatigued, and “out of sorts.”

NURITION & THE WORKPLACE: YOU WORK HOW YOU EAT Did you know that iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder in the world, affecting as many as four to five billion people? Extreme iron deficiency, known as anemia, affects about two to three billion people. Common symptoms of iron deficiency include low endurance, sluggishness, low immunity and a decrease in work productivity. You need nutritious foods to remain healthy and productive. The consumption of nonnutritious foods, in excess, can also lead to a number of complications including but not limited to: gallbladder disease, hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, several cancers and osteoarthritis. These issues not only affect your work (missing days, feeling too sick to complete your work, not being able to physically perform job functions), but could lead to increases in health insurance and a decrease in quality of life overall. So, do not dismiss fatigue (lack of energy). Even if 1you think its due to lack of sleep or stress, your diet could be the culprit. As mentioned before, fatigue can be a sign there is a nutritional deficiency in your life. Establishing and maintaining a healthy diet will help to combat fatigue as well as avoid many of the detrimental health concerns mentioned above. A healthy diet is one that meets all nutritional needs. As recommended by United States Department of Agriculture, that means eating plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains; choosing lean meats and low-fat dairy foods; and avoiding excess2 sugar. Start small by adding a few healthier options to your diet each week.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: FEBRUARY 2013 Congratulations Jossi Martinez from the Creswell Community. You are the February student of the month! 3 Language class this 4 Jossi was nominated by Larry Tucker, the instructor of the English as a Second spring. Here is what Larry had to say about Jossi: “Jossi is such a great, enthusiastic student. She loves to participate in everything we do, and always uses her imagination whenever we have story-telling or writing activities in class, so much so that the other students always love to hear her speak as well! She is also extremely helpful with the other students who speak English at a slightly lower level than she does. For these reasons, Jossi is my student of the month!”

We would also like to recognize our other February nominees: Emma Turner (Computer Skills) and Jane Lee (Typing). University Housing’s Adult Education Program is committed to learning by offering staff the opportunity to participate in an enriching and dynamic curriculum that supports continuing education, professional development, and job skill enhancement.

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THE CHANGING SHAPE OF NUTRITION Whether it is the Brontosaurus, the planet Pluto, or the food pyramid, things many of us learned in school—or other places—no longer exist as they used to in our society. The original food pyramid was created in 1992 in order to give visual guidelines for the amount of servings of each food category we should consume. In 2005, the pyramid was updated with an added focus on exercise (as portrayed by the figure ascending the stairway). However, nutritionists criticized the food pyramid for being difficult to understand. In an attempt the make dietary guidelines more easily understood the myplate design was introduced in 2011. It was created by the Agriculture Department with advice from the first lady (Michelle Obama)’s anti-obesity team and federal health officials.

Original Food Pyramid 1992

The updated pyramid (2005)

Food Plate (2011)

NUTRITION AROUND THE WORLD Did you know that there are versions of food pyramids for different cultures? Here are examples of a few: Canadian: In the shape of a rainbow and includes pictures. Japanese: An upside down cone with a spinning top, showing someone running. Fruits appear to be less healthy than fish and meats. Mediterranean: Fruits, vegetables and grains are all in the same category and are second in importance. The base of the pyramid shows dancing and enjoying meals together. Meats and sweets make up (the top portion). Native American: It is very similar to the older version of the food guide pyramid, a difference is that you deer and rabbits are included in the meat section. These pictures are not of cut meat, but the animals. Nutrition can look differently both across and within cultures. So, while the food pyramid— or the new myplate design—can serve as a guide for nutrition, it is more important that you “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day." Listen to you body and what cues it is giving you as to what you need. You will experience more success if your diet is tailored to your health needs. Best of health to you!

CONTACT US

University of Georgia University Housing Office of Staff Development & Student Conduct Adult Education Program Creswell Hall Athens, GA 30602 Phone: 706-542-8191 E-mail: adulted@uga.edu

Recognizing you! The Adult Education Program will have a recognition event for all participants in the classes and seminars this year. The event will take place in the Creswell TV Lounge on Thursday, April 25, 2-3 p.m.

We welcome any comments or feedback you may have. Additionally, if you have received this newsletter electronically and would prefer to receive a paper copy or you would like to contribute an article to a future edition of The Adult Ed Update, please email us.

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Adult Ed Update: March 2013