Library’s the place to learn about healthy eating

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Last week the governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, announced to the public that he underwent a procedure in February to have a band implanted around his stomach in an effort to lose weight. It is public knowledge that he has been struggling with this problem for many years. Although there were hints that he was taking this action for political reasons, he made it clear that the number one reason was his health.

Obesity is the number two cause of preventable death in the United States, according to the Get America Fit Foundation website. OneSouthCarolina, during their second annual meeting in March, addressed the staggering increase of overweight and obese adults and children in our state.

There are already many organizations involved in fighting this problem. One of the local non-profit organizations is Generation Healthy Kids, whose mission is focused on preventing childhood obesity through educating kids, families and the community at large about nutrition, health and physical activity.

Valerie Kirkland, the founder of Generation Healthy Kids, will be appearing at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library to present her program “Clean Eating.” Learn how to read labels, shop on a budget and prepare healthy meals the entire family can enjoy. Please join her on May 25 at 11 a.m. For more information about Generation Healthy Kids and its purposes, go to generationhealthykids.org.

If you need information before this program, check out some of our newer cookbooks focusing on healthy foods and meals: “The Yummy Mummy Kitchen: 100 Effortless and Irresistible Recipes to Nourish Your Family With Style and Grace” by Marina Delio; “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” by Michelle Obama; “It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great,” by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen; or “Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week,” by Melissa d’Arabian.

If you want to receive information about programs such as “Clean Eating” and other programs held at Mount Pleasant Regional Library, you can sign up for a monthly email with a PDF version of our branch calendar. Email MTPReference@ccpl.org. All addresses are kept confidential and not shared.

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Movie: Friday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m.

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Mirjam Veldkamp works in the reference department at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library Branch (1133 Mathis Ferry Road, 849-6161, www.mtplibrary.blogspot.com.

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