By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer
Learning about ways to become healthy and eat healthier just became easier-during the month of February. The public is invited to the Fabulous Fridays’ lunch program at noon at the Choctaw County Library in Ackerman. Each Friday will feature a different healthy topic and healthy food and end by 1 p.m. These free programs also offer door prizes and you get to sample healthy foods.
The Fabulous Fridays in February programs are sponsored by Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw, Gentiva Home Health and MSU Extension Service – Choctaw County.
The first Fabulous Fridays program featured Jill Furr, clinical account executive with Gentiva Home Health, who explained how home health can help cardiac patients and more. She explained that home health can help most people whether it is for a short time or long term. Home health nurses and therapists work with the patient on their needs and also help the family learn how to help their loved one. To have home health come to your house, all you need is a referral from your physician, said Furr. Then the home health agency of your choice will follow up and make sure the patient meets other criteria.
“Our goal is to get you up and going again,” said Furr. After her presentation, Pam Awad, nutrition educator, demonstrated how to make a Speedy Three-Bean Salad while explaining healthy foods and the importance of using fresh, non-processed foods.
The next Fabulous Friday program will be Friday, February 8 with Ellen Easley Wallace, certified diabetes educator with The Diabetic Shoppe, who will present and demonstrate Basic Recipes from the Home Kitchen of Pam Award.
On Friday, February 15, the program will feature a Heart Healthy Breakfast presentation and demonstration by Ashley Peeples Fondren, Program Coordinator with Department of Food Science, Nutrition & Health Promotion at MSU.
The last Fabulous Fridays in February program will be February 22 when Krista Blaylock, FNP-C with Pioneer Family Medical of Weir, teaches everyone about cholesterol with a food demonstration from Award.