January 10, 2023 - 9:19am -- hoffman.1458@osu.edu

During Good Mornings with Chris Oaks, on January 9th, I highlighted some information and resources that may be helpful in your efforts to be heathier in 2023.  First community members may take part in a number of free in-person and online Extension resources related to health and wellness.  I present a monthly library program “Eat Well/Live Well” on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:30 pm at Findlay Hancock County Library.  Each month we explore (with our minds and mouths) a nutrition/wellness topic of interest to adults.  These programs are free and anyone may register through the Library’s website.

For those living with Diabetes, I also host a monthly Diabetes Support Group at 50 North on the 2nd Tuesday morning of each month at 10 am.  Also available at any time are online resources created by our statewide Live Healthy Live Well team, of which I am a part.  We have twice weekly blog posts and text messages that people can subscribe to at or access anytime via our homepage:  https://livehealthyosu.com/.  This group also offers wellness-focused email challenges each spring and fall and live and recorded webinars on topics related to wellness.  OSU Extension also offers detailed information via our Ohioline fact sheet library available at:  https://ohioline.osu.edu/, and regular Facebook posts on   https://www.facebook.com/livesmartohio.  As the year begins, I am also in the process of planning local program events including our annual Food Preservation Palooza (canner lid testing and educational event), food/nutrition programming with the Farmers Market and more.  Watch for times and information on our website, Facebook page and my monthly Courier articles

During this month’s radio show, I also discussed the topic of whys and hows of getting a good night’s sleep, which is 7-8 hours of quality sleep for most adults.  This was the focus of January’s Eat Well/Live Well library program in seemed to garner quite a bit of interest.  Sleep is essential to allow our bodies to build and repair tissue, (including muscle and skin), to improve our immune function, to renew energy, and to allow our brains to file long term memories. Those who don’t get adequate sleep account for thousands of fatal car crashes each year, are 70% more likely to have an accident in the workplace, and are at greater risk of chronic disease, including heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure.  To improve sleep, one should have a regular bedtime routine, which should include calming activities, such as reading a book or listening to music, but should NOT include use of digital devices and television for an hour before bed.  It is also helpful to finish eating 2-3 hours before bed, especially avoiding spicy or rich foods and caffeine. 

 

To all a “Good Night” and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

 

Jennifer Little MS, RD, LD

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences