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Brain Healthy Lifestyle Series offered in Sussex County

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension along with its Sussex Mental Fitness partners invite the public to attend Plant-Based Eating for Healthy Well-Being 101, a program on Thursday,Feb. 16 from 1-4 p.m. at the Cordrey Center in Millsboro. Cost: $5 to cover food. Please pre-register so that an accurate food count can be ordered. You may register by calling (302) 856-5815. The check-in table opens at 12:30 p.m.  Download the Brain Healthy Brochure (PDF)

The brain is the largest organ in our body, and exercising and keeping it fit is crucial to the quality of human life. Young, old, or in between, it is never too late to challenge our brain and allow it to work for us at peak capacity.

Practicing a Healthy Brain Lifestyle not only enhances your overall health by promoting exercise and nutrition, it asks your brain to work in new ways helps to prevent diseases that can manifest in our more mature years.

Healthy Eating is Tasty Eating is the first of three series focusing on maintaining  a healthy brain. The second in the series is Feel Better, Move Better, and will offer an introduction to Tai Chi & Qigong. This will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 1-4 p.m. at the University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center, 16486 County Seat Highway, Georgetown.  The workshop is free. Please dress for comfort!

The third Healthy Brain Lifestyle seminar, Lighten Up…Feel Great, will focus on the medicinal properties of laughter and will include a Positive Energy People Panel. Workshop is Thursday, March 15. Hours are 1-4 p.m. at the Lewes Library, 111 Adams Avenue.

For the past four years, Anne Camasso, Sussex County family and consumer science extension agent has been UD’s representative at the event. “This is the fourth year the Sussex Mental Fitness Partners have organized the Living a Brain Healthy Lifestyle program,” Camasso says.  “Each year attendance has grown and each year attendees go away talking about the great time they had.  We are pleased to offer three diverse programs and activities to stimulate the brain.  Taken together, they encourage a healthy lifestyle and balance for our brain’s well being.”

Joining Delaware Cooperative Extension as partners are the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Cordrey Center, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Sussex (RSVP).

Additional Information:

Download the Brain Healthy Brochure (PDF)

Download the Brain Healthy Flyer (PDF)

Directions to Cordrey Center

Directions to UD Carvel Center

Directions to Lewes Library


Sussex 4-H youth wake up early to cook and compete

Georgetown Middle School will serve as host for the annual Sussex County 4-H Favorite Foods Contest and Foods and Nutrition Judging Contest, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. More than 80 Sussex County youth from the ages of 5 to 18 will wake up early on their day off and present their knowledge of food groups, menu planning, food and nutrition basics, food safety and healthy food choices. An estimated 250 visitors are expected to attend in support of 4-H youth contestants.

The Sussex County 4-H Favorite Foods and Judging Contests presents a terrific opportunity in a fun learning environment, and children receive tools of the trade and valuable experience in making wise consumer and healthy choices that will last a lifetime.

Highlights of planned events include:

  • Children prepare a food item of their choice provide the recipe. They suggest a meal plan to accompany that recipe, which is showcased before judges and visitors.
  • Contestants learn to properly preserve and display their food entry for judging and interviews. Food safety is stressed.
  • Youth design a presentation place setting for maximum appeal.
  • Judges sample the prepared food and interview each contestant.
  • In a separate Foods and Nutrition Judging Contest youth test their knowledge in such areas as consumer education, cooking terms, MyPyramid and measuring math.
  • Workshop stations designed to educate and entertain, and staffed by experienced professionals, 4-H Junior Leaders and other 4-H volunteers will present:

o   Make it and take it crafts
o   Judging Training Station for  upcoming Wood Science and Photography competitions will also be available to keep youth engaged while they are waiting for the awards
o   Kids Corner – Community service and children’s activities

Sussex County 4-H Extension Educator Mary Argo and 4-H Volunteer Chairpersons Gina Anger and Marian Carey coordinates the day’s events, judges, presenters,  educational materials and volunteer base to make this contest a great success.

Awards, presented in different age and food categories, will be presented at 1 p.m. All attendees afterward are invited to sample the delicious recipes the children have prepared and participants take home a cookbook of all submitted recipes.  Awards are sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Foundation and ribbons are sponsored by the Sussex County Leaders’ Association

When so many children sleep in late and have developed fast food and junk food preferences, these motivated Sussex County 4-H youth act as terrific role models for other children. The Sussex County 4-H Favorite Foods and Food and Nutrition Contests provide the opportunity for youth to learn that many factors go into our food choices – and learning all the components of making wise choices can be presented in an educational and entertaining way.

4-H is a community of young people in America who are learning leadership, citizenship and important life skills. For more information about this event contact 4-H Educator Mary Argo at 856-2585 ext 559.