Nutrition and Fitness Workshop

Coahoma’s Fit for Life Program Promotes Healthy Eating for Nutrition and Fitness Awareness Week

To jumpstart a series of ‘Lunch and Learn’ presentations for Nutrition and Fitness Awareness Week, Shanna Taylor, a Family Consumer Science instructor shared the benefits of consuming healthy snacks, particularly the ones that were available for attendees of the event. She gave the reasons why healthy snacking throughout the day is essential.

Coahoma’s Fit for Life Program Promotes Healthy Eating for Nutrition and Fitness Awareness Week

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Wed Nov 14, 2018

Nutrition and Fitness Workshop

To jumpstart a series of ‘Lunch and Learn’ presentations for Nutrition and Fitness Awareness Week, Shanna Taylor, a Family Consumer Science instructor shared the benefits of consuming healthy snacks, particularly the ones that were available for attendees of the event. She gave the reasons why healthy snacking throughout the day is essential.

“With our blood sugar, we have to keep it regulated,” Taylor said, adding that our blood sugar can drop when we don’t eat then result in other health problems later.

She gave her expert advice on making the right food choices when shopping for on-the-go items that gas us up when running low on energy.

“Protein is your best thing to look for because protein is what keeps our blood sugar regulated,” she said. “It keeps us from having those times when you feel kind of jittery.”

Taylor, who works for Mississippi State University’s extension service in Coahoma County, told the group of attentive students that on most mornings she usually grabs a green apple, because it contains less sugar than other fruits, and a to-go peanut butter cup. She talked about the benefits of Greek yogurt and nuts, specifically the kinds that are low in salt or have no salt at all. Those that are most beneficial to our bodies include almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans and others. Students and staff members helped themselves to a nutritious spread of packaged tuna, trail mix, lemon water, baked chips, cubed cheese and wheat thins.

Over the next two days, Coahoma’s Fit for Life initiative will host presentations on “The Do’s & Don’ts of Beverages,” a lecture on drinks rich in nutrients, and “Healthy Choices for the Holidays,” a presentation that will offer alternatives to traditional holiday dishes. Wednesday’s lecture will begin at 11 a.m in the Magnolia Room, which is located upstairs in the Student Union.