The Weekend Exercise Warrior: It’s Better than Nothing

Staff Reports

Adults who only have time to exercise on the weekends can still reap benefits from physical activity, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. And that can be most of us.

In the study, researchers examined data from nearly 351,000 adults who took part in the National Health Interview Survey from 1997 to 2013, followed participants for a median of 10.4 years, and found that weekend exercisers and those who worked out more often had similar all-cause mortality hazard ratios, especially when compared with people who were inactive.

So, what are some of the fun weekend workout activities we can engage in? The following list is a good start.

  • Go on a walk with a friend.
  • Play a sport.
  • Take a weekend class that’s hard to schedule during your work week.
  • Play golf.

Arizona Farm Bureau’s Fill Your Plate blog hosts a variety of articles on exercise.

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Purple Potatoes Gain Popularity as We Discover their Nutritious Tastiness

Purple potatoes are rich in nutrients. (Image by Couleur from Pixabay)

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director

Registered dietitians say that while white and sweet potatoes are popular and nutritious, people should not forget about purple potatoes, which RD Valerie Agyeman says have three times more antioxidants than white or yellow potatoes.

Plus, according to registered dietitian nutritionist Molly Knudsen in MindBodyGreen because purple potatoes get their pigment from antioxidant-rich anthocyanins, they may “protect heart health, help prevent high blood pressure, and promote cognitive and eye health.”

Regardless the purple potato continues to gain in popularity. Between 2000 and 2017, annual consumption in the US doubled, to 8 pounds per capita.

This rise in popularity has also spurred production in the U.S. If the public demands it, our American agriculturalists will grow it.

Arizona Farm Bureau’s Fill Your Plate even has articles on purple potatoes.

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List of Articles To Combat Picky Eating

Staff Reports

Kids are notorious for being picky eaters. When dealing with picky eaters, try not to get frustrated. Make healthy food choices available and know that your child’s appetite and eating behaviors traditionally will improve with some time.


Here is a collection of articles to help you get through your child’s picky eating phase.


Food Styling: to Help your Picky Toddler Eat More Healthy


Children vs. Vegetables: Tips for Handling your Picky Eater.


My Picky Eater


Picky Eaters


Feeding Picky Toddlers


How Our Backyard Garden Encouraged Adventurous Eating in My Toddler


Helping Your Child Eat Healthier


5 Tips To Encourage Healthy Eating Habits


You can find delicious recipes, nutrition suggestions, and more on Arizona Farm Bureau’s Fill Your Plate blog.

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Non-Starchy Veggies Offer Healthful Fiber, Nutrients

You’ve heard it before, but I’m going to say it again: Yuma, Arizona is the lettuce bowl capital of the nation from November to late March every year thanks to our mild winters and Yuma’s amazing soil. It’s here you’ll discover a variety of non-starchy vegetables.

Non-starchy vegetables think kale and spinach, can add nutrients and fiber to a diet with fewer carbohydrates than found in starchy vegetables, such as corn and peas, according to registered dietitian nutritionists. Most nutritionists suggest eating low-carb vegetables daily as part of a balanced diet and adding extra fiber.

So daily, think about what vegetables, leafy greens to be specific, you’ll eat that fit in this mix:

  • Kale
  • Microgreens
  • Collard Greens
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Beet Green
  • Watercress
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Swiss Chard
  • Arugula and Endive
  • Bok Choy
  • Turnip Greens

Bottom line, they should be considered a daily part of your diet since they are packed with nutrients and are tasty.

Arizona Farm Bureau’s Fill Your Plate blog features all sorts of information on leafy greens, vegetables and eating healthy foods.

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Mediterranean Diet May Lower Frailty Risk: Study

Staff Reports

The Mediterranean diet may help reduce the risk of frailty as people age, according to a study of 2,300 adults published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Foods containing carotenoids appeared to have the strongest association with a decreased chance of frailty for adults in middle age and older. Researcher Shivani Sahniwith noted that greater intake of “brightly colored fruits and vegetables that are rich in carotenoids as well as other bioactive compounds may ultimately affect the health of older adults.”

While most might not be aware, Arizona agriculture grows the entire Mediterranean Diet including fish. While we’re a desert state, our climate and managed irrigation allow the diversity and abundance of agriculture in this state for this specific diet.

For more information on a variety of healthy diets, Arizona Farm Bureau’s Fill Your Plate examines a number of ways to eat good food.

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