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Nashville, Ark. – When it is cold outside and you are “cooped-up” inside, have you
experienced the “winter blues”? You may have thought it was all in your head; however,
the “winter blues” is actually a mild depression brought on by a decrease in exposure
to sunlight as autumn deepens. In fact, 14% of Americans say they suffer from the
Although the winter blues are not as severe as long-term depression, they
can change the way a person thinks, reacts, and deals with everyday challenges. Here
are some signs to look for. If you experience two or more of the following symptoms
each year in the fall and into the spring you may suffer from the winter blues:
There is no known way to prevent the development of winter blues; however, there are
steps you can take to manage symptoms and keep them from getting worse over time.
For more information on depression or winter blues, contact the Howard County Cooperative
Extension Service at 870-845-7517 or check out my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HowardCountyExtensionFcs. You can also visit our office located on the second floor of the courthouse.
Recipe of the Week
Here is some great comfort food during the winter months. This recipe uses whole grain
pasta and contains lots of fiber!
1 ½ Tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 (14 ½ oz.) cans chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup cooked whole wheat elbow macaroni
1 (16 oz.) can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
Sauté the onions and garlic in olive oil for a few minutes over medium
heat. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Cook on low for 20 minutes.
Add the cooked macaroni, beans, and cilantro. Heat through. Sprinkle with grated cheese
and serve hot with crusty whole wheat bread, pita, or crackers.
Yields: 6 servings
Nutrition Information per serving: Calories – 216, Carbohydrates - 27 grams, Fat -
8 grams, Fiber – 4 grams, Protein – 11 grams.
*Nutrition Tip: Vegetable broth can be substituted in any recipe that calls for chicken
or beef broth. If you are using bouillon cubes or powder, limit the sodium content
by using only half as much as called for on the label and adding your own herbs and
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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