Nebraskans hear a lot about diet and exercise this time of year and the University of Nebraska Extension is hoping to help sort out some of the information out there. Lisa Franzen-Castle is a UNL Extension nutrition specialist and says this is not a “weight loss” class but focuses more on total health.
They will review the 2010 dietary guidelines that highlight foods to increase, foods to decrease. Franzen-Castle hopes to clear the air when it comes to food references regarding fiber, anti-oxidants, saturated fats, unsaturated fats, trans fats, triglycerides, sodium and sugar.
They will also cover how to balance calories and physical activity. Franzen-Castle says they will cover different physical activities and provide demonstrations. She says physical activity not only help a person drop of few pounds but can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, depression, bone disease and certain types of cancer. Nearly one-third of Nebraskans fail to meet the daily goal of 30-minutes of activity each day.
Franzen-Castle says participants can attend the webinars live. They will be held over the noon hour from February 7th through March 20th. Participants can also watch recorded sessions and be notified via email as to where to log on. There are also several group meetings scheduled at various locations in the state.
There is a 20-dollar fee for the seven-week session. Details on the class can be found at local Extension Offices across the state.