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Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshops

Looking for a curriculum to teach healthy lifestyles and physical activity? The U.S. Department of Healthy and Human Services has developed six 1-hour workshops to help. The materials are available in English and Spanish.

The workshops include learning about healthy food choices, eating healthy on a budget, tips to lose weight, physical activity and more. Each section has an instructor guide and teaching videos.

The materials can be downloaded from or you can order free copies at, click the catalog button, then click these filters: Nutrition > Health educators > Orderable Hardcopies > Apply, and scroll down to Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshops.

The recording of the eXtension webinar describing this program is at

Using Yellow Split Peas

Yellow split peas are pulses which are the edible dried seed of legume crops. The word “pulse” comes from the Latin word “puls” which means thick soup or potage. Beside split peas, pulses also include dry beans, lentils, and chickpeas and have virtually no fat content. They are, however, high in fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates.

For those on gluten free diets, pulses are beneficial. Many products are now made with pulse foods such as yellow and green pea flour. For diabetics, pulses are beneficial for blood glucose management and have a lower glycemic index. For vegetarians, pulses have eight essential amino acids which offers beneficial protein quality.

Split peas are easy to prepare. No overnight soaking is needed. Heat two cups water for each cup of dry split peas. Simmer for 30 minutes to desired tenderness. Add them to chili, spaghetti sauce, soup, salsa, hummus or in many other dishes.



New Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

The second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans has been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. So what’s new in this edition?

Since 2008, new knowledge has been gained on the proven benefits of physical activity for all ages and populations. New information on physical activity benefits include:

  • Health benefits in relation to brain health, fall-related injuries, and cancer.
  • Benefits for sleep, how people feel and how people function.
  • How sedentary behaviors affect overall health.
  • Guidelines for children ages 3 through 5 years.
  • Tested strategies to get people more active.

These guidelines will be incorporated into the Walk Kansas program for 2019.