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Healthy Lifestyles Newsletter
Make Mealtime Fun
Cook Together. Plan to include every one while putting your meal together. From food shopping to setting the table, meal preparation, and clean up; including every one helps to build a bond while teaching useful life skills.
Eat Together. Studies have shown that families that regularly eat together, tend to have healthier eating habits. Eating together allows you to be a positive role model. Remember, kids learn from watching you. The benefits of eating family meals together include: higher self-esteem, lower obesity rates, better academic performance, and lower risk of substance abuse. Family meal time helps kids develop good manners and other social skills.
Talk Together. Children who share in regular family meal time have improved vocabulary, less depression and lower likelihood of smoking, drinking and drug use. Sharing meals gives a chance to truly know your children and provide positive support to them while learning about their day and any struggles before they become bigger problems.
Farmers Markets... For The Health of It
August 5th-11th is National Farmers Market Week. Did you know that there are 8,675 farmers markets in the United States? People tend to eat more fruits and vegetables when they shop at a farmers market than a grocery store. Studies show that the closer you live to
a farmers market, the lower your body mass index. When you decide to buy directly from your local farmer, it is both more convenient and helps to keep money in your community. Many farmers now accept SNAP and WIC benefits. On Long Island we have so many farmers markets. Be sure to visit our website for upcoming workshops, healthy recipes and farmers market locations.
Once warm weather rolls around, there are a wide variety of Long Island fruits and vegetables perfect for picking and they can be found
at your nearby farmers market. Vegetables typically have longer harvesting periods than fruit. This means a large variety of vegetables can be easily found during most of the summer and into the fall months. Each fruit has a peak harvest time that generally lasts 1-2 months. So keep an eye out for what is in season as this will mean the best tasting fruit and best prices too.
String beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, peas, peppers, radishes, spinach, summer squash, and tomatoes can all start to be harvested in the mid-summer months of July and August.

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