Katrina Tagget was an accomplished student, achieving academic excellence while balancing her service to others. In her years at Michigan State she engaged in numerous co-curricular activities and service opportunities helping other students succeed. Katrina's family and friends established in her memory a generous fellowship in 2009. The Katrina Tagget Fellowship allows distinguished students to continue Katrina's legacy and help others with disabilities excel academically and through service.
Ginette Golembiewski is one of two 2009-2010 Katrina Tagget Fellows. Ginette is a horticulture major, studying farming. She is particularly interested in sharing her knowledge about healthy food and the diets and nutrients needed to live a healthy life. Ginette is following in Katrina's footsteps as a mentor in the RCPD STATE program and she's looking forward to discussing with RCPD students and the Michigan State community ways to go about living a healthy life.
Ginette will post articles periodically in the RCPD Harbinger Newsletter. Her first article is below, but you can find her ideas, goals and observations on her blog at: http://chewonthis101.wordpress.com/
Tagget Fellow Introduces RCPD to Healthy Living
Nobody needs to be convinced that eating healthy is good for our brains, bodies and well being. I have made a lot of effort over the last five years to eat healthy by following the guidance of the book, SuperFoods Rx, by Steven Pratt and Kathy Mathews. I really buy into it because the authors are health professionals examining scientist data and their conclusion makes common sense- that food gives us many of the nutrients we need to fulfill our body's activities in order to feel great. They highlight fourteen foods that are powerhouses for important and often deficient nutrients.
As a recipient of the Katrina Tagget Fellowship, I am excited to find ways to give back to the RCPD community. I am also a horticulture major studying farming and I work at the Student Organic Farm. I am excited about sharing my love for healthy food and the good feelings that come with eating all the nutrients one's body wants. A healthy diet is an essential pillar for good health, but the benefits only come with the synergy of healthy living.
The book highlights fourteen superfoods. They are beans, blueberries, broccoli, oats, oranges, pumpkin, wild salmon, soy, spinach, tea, tomatoes, turkey, walnuts, and yogurt. Many of these have what are called "sidekicks," foods that are good substitutes. For example, many nuts have good attributes like almonds and sunflower seeds. It's just that walnuts have a little something extra since they are high in plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids and they are the nut with the highest antioxidant activity. Almost all of the superfoods have these "sidekicks."
For more information on healthy living and how we can get more of these good nutrients into our lives please visit my blog: Chew on This to send me your suggestions, comments or questions.