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Library kicks off ‘Healthy Living’ series – Seguin Gazette

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

Guests make their own fruit parfaits during the A Fresh Start to a Healthier You class on Monday at the Seguin Public Library.

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You



Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 12:00 am

Library kicks off ‘Healthy Living’ series

Valerie Bustamante
valerie.bustamante@seguingazette.com

Seguin Gazette

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With the arrival of a new year, the Seguin Public Library is dedicating itself to helping the community accomplish its goals and lifestyles changes with the ongoing series, “Healthy Living.”

The series kicked off with “A Fresh Start to a Healthier You” on Monday with a presentation on food safety by Lisa Whittemore, Texas AM AgriLife Extension program assistant.

Whittemore addressed the dos and don’ts of what to do while cooking to avoid cross-contamination and food poisoning. She also presented a few tips on refrigeration sanitization. 

“Food safety is the most important thing,” Whittemore said. “When they understand where our food comes from, how we clean it, use it and prepare it they’ll be set.  We don’t just go out to the garden, pick a radish and eat it there are things we need to do to stay safe.”

Class attendees also had the opportunity to learn about healthy recipes, whether they are snacks or dishes for dinner — something that will continue in each class.

“The next class will be about on ‘My Plate.’ The ‘My Plate’ is the five food groups and how much we need,” Whittemore said. “When you look at a plate nowadays our plates our 12 to 14 inches when it should actually be nine inches. Half of the plate should be fruits and vegetables, a small portion of protein, whole grains and dairy. This is not a class to gain weight or lose weight it’s just a way to eat healthier and in the right proportions for your body.”

Lea Phelps said having the opportunity to learn about healthy eating is what drove her to attend.

“I decided it was time for me and my husband to start eating healthier and I wanted some better ideas than what I thought I had,” she said. “The yogurt we had today it’s a lot better than having the chips at night. So I just hope at the end of the class I become smarter about what I’m cooking. You’re never too old to learn.”

The Healthy Living Series was introduced last October after the library saw the want for more adult-focused programs from guests, Assistant Library Director Silvia Christy said.

“We have learned that people are interested in things like finance, ancestry and health,” she said. “Especially now with the beginning of the new year, people are setting goals and health is usually one of those things. We usually see people wanting to live more healthy lives.”

The first class was a hit with library guests, which is why they decided to continue them in 2018, Christy said.

“Our mission is to bring in more classes that will teach our customers how to live a better life,” she said.

The next “Fresh Start” classes are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22 and 29 and Feb. 5 in the community meeting room at the library.

The series will continue with the “Eat Smart” class in February and the “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” session in March, Christy said.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SeguinPublicLibrary.


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