What is your idea of a “processed food”? It really is any food that
has been altered from its natural state. So, even washing an apple
before you eat it technically makes it “processed”! There are many
reasons foods are processed: to ensure safety, to aide in preparation
and storage, to improve qualities like flavor and looks.
Foods can be lightly to highly processed. There is a big difference
between a washed apple and a container of ready-made macaroni and
cheese. Although highly processed foods can make life easier, they
often contain many added ingredients: sugar, salt, preservatives,
flavorings and colors. Too much added sugar can play a role in weight
gain. Too much sodium can affect blood pressure. For some people,
other additives can cause allergies.
Be more aware of what
you eat! Look at your grocery cart. Does it contain a large
percentage of highly processed foods like lunch meat, meals in a box,
and instant snacks? How many empty fast food bags are in the trash
can of your car? Are you surprised by what you find?
Look at the ingredient list on food labels when you shop. You might
be shocked to find how much sugar is in foods that you would not even
think of as sweet! Choose foods with the least amount of sugar, fat,
sodium and added ingredients you don’t want or really need. There are
brand differences; compare and be a smart shopper! Choosing foods
closest to their natural state helps you avoid additives you don’t
need or want.
Foods found in the grocery store are safe for us to eat but we are
learning they might not all be the best choices for health,
especially on a daily basis. Want to learn more? Visit
our OSF Dieticians on the web!
Goodwill of Central Illinois will hold the 5th Annual Recycle Your Style Contest. High school students within Goodwill’s territory are encouraged to donate their used clothing. The high school that donates the most pounds of clothing will win a SMART Board donated by Bradfield’s Computer Supply. The contest runs from October 1st through October 31st. “This has been a very successful campaign for us,” said Bob Parkhurst, Goodwill Vice President. “We are grateful for Bradfield’s Computer Supply’s donation of a SMART Board each year. That prize really heats up the competition among the high schools.” Donations of items other than clothing are encouraged, but only clothing will count toward the contest. Only high schools are eligible, but others can participate including teachers, family and school supporters. Donors need to tell the Goodwill donation attendant which high school they are supporting for their donation to be counted. Donations can be made at any of Goodwill’s nine stores o
The Pekin Women's Leadership Network empowers women to become effective leaders by providing essential skills and strategies for professional and personal growth. A variety of carefully tailored programs are designed to support women in all phases of their careers. Why is this program needed? Although women have made great strides in achieving equality, a leadership gap continues. In 2013, 20 women serve in the Senate, and only 78 women serve in the House of Representative. Overall, women hold 98, or 18.3% of the 525 seats in the 113th U.S congress. Locally, the statistics are even worse, with only 1 woman serving on the Pekin City Council. The business world does not fare much better, with only 22 women CEO's in the Fortune 500. Our focus is on helping young women develop the skills and abilities necessary to succeed and flourish in their chosen career paths. Sessions scheduled for the 2013-2014 series include: November 1st - Women in Politics - Rep. Cheri Busto
January 29, 2010 Methodist Medical Center is hosting a free “Coffee with the Doctor” on Saturday February 27, 2010 in observance of National Heart Month. Tahir Ilahi, M.D. of the Methodist Medical Group Cardiology will be making a presentation on “Cholesterol and Your Heart”. Registered Dietician Hannah Lee will also be on hand to demonstrate heart healthy meal preparation. “Coffee with the Doctor” will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Methodist Medical Group Cardiology Conference Room at 112 NE. Crescent Ave in Peoria. The event is free but space is limited. Reserve your seat by calling 671-5121.