Simple steps to healthy living urged in Stephens County
DUNCAN Area residents were treated to a free presentation about healthy holiday snacking at Duncan Public Library recently.
Brenda Gandy, OSU extension educator gave those who attended tips for healthy eating, recipes, and samples of goodies she prepared. Gandy said she also helps with information about raising the family and maintaining the home.
"Basically, I work for you," she said. "I'm an employee of Stephens County."
What is the quality of your life going to be like the last 10 years of your life? Gandy posed that question as she spoke about the Blue Zone theory, a theory based on imitating the habits of the longest-lived people in the world.
Gandy said people are living healthier lives by staying active, walking on sidewalks and walking trails; and eating a plant-based diet (70 percent of the diet). "(People in) Blue Zones have kind of stepped away from stress," Gandy said.
She recommends when you are taking a dish to a holiday gathering to take something you like, you can eat, and is a healthier snack. Plan for dishes that are easier and don't take a lot of stress to prepare.