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Think globally, act locally. ~Paul McCartney
Eat Your Greens to Combat Heart Disease
Green, leafy greens, which are rich in vitamin K, have again been shown to provide outsized benefits for heart health. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University found that a reduced intake of vitamin K1 leads to more than triple the risk of an enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, which reduces blood pumping volumes, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.
Researchers followed diet records for 766 participants ages 14 to18 and monitored their vascular structure and functionality. When compared to those with the highest intake of vitamin K from foods such as spinach, cabbage and other leafy green vegetables, those with the highest intake were less likely to experience vascular enlargement.
Sweet Potato Project Encourages Enterprise
The Sweet Potato Project, started by journalist Sylvester Brown, Jr., will work in partnership with St. Louis University and a small cadre of local nonprofits called the North City Food Hub to hold culinary, small business, horticulture, restaurant management, and land-ownership classes and business incubator opportunities this spring. The goal is to enable at-risk youths in North St. Louis to grow food and make money through food packaging and distribution. The project encourages people to become innovative, self-sufficient players in today’s expanding global economy.
NOLA Veggie Fest is coming in May! www.nolaveggiefest.com
1 in 6 children in the United States face hunger. www.nokidhungry.org