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Tips on how to enjoy that delicious fair food and still not gain weight.
8/29/22 Nashville, Ark. – What could be better than a night at the county fair, checking
out the exhibits, watching a livestock show, enjoying one of the famous hamburgers
from the kitchen, peach cobbler or ice cream? Can it get any better? Fair season is
upon us. The Howard County Fair starts Monday, followed by other fairs around the
area, and ending with the state fair in October.
At each fair, food is as much a part of the fair as the exhibits, rides and livestock
shows. But all the fair food we enjoy this time of the year can add extra calories.
But hey, fairs involve a lot walking, so we will burn off those extra fair food calories,
right? Maybe – if we walk up to 1.5 miles for a bag of cotton candy and 3 miles for
a funnel cake.
Big portions with lots of sugar and fat calories characterize many of the foods we
traditionally associate with fair. For many of us, attending the fair would not be
as much fun without these treats. Some may be once-a-year foods for us, and we look
forward to those foods at the fair.
So, can you enjoy these foods and still not gain weight? It depends on what you eat
and how much you eat.
On average, you have to walk about 1 mile to burn 100 calories. Most walking trails
around the county are laid out for you to easily get a mile in. At the Dogwood Pavilion
trail, at the city park, two times around the trail equals one mile. Or, if you prefer
to go by time, at a 3-mph pace, it’ll take you 20 minutes to go a mile. Walking at
4 mph, it will take 15 minutes to go a mile.
Before you stuff your picnic basket with carrots and celery sticks and head to the
fair, consider this; With a little planning, it is possible to fit in many favorite
fair foods in an overall healthy diet.
Finally, if you do overindulge, try to eat healthier the next day. Going overboard
one day will not necessarily ruin your diet. It is when we go overboard several days
in a row. So go ahead and enjoy some of your favorite foods at the fair, just do not
over do it!
Need some help getting started with a walking plan? Consider forming a team and joining
the Fall Walk Across Arkansas starting September 12 and going through November 6.
This eight-week program encourages participants to get out and exercise! To join,
you just need to form a team of 2 to 10 people, register your team and members online
at https://www.uaex.uada.edu/life-skills-wellness/health/health-programs/walk-across-arkansas.aspx and start walking.
Throughout the 8 weeks, members will log the time they exercise each day. This can
be done by the team captain or members on a weekly basis. While walking is the preferred
method of exercise, many other types of exercise can be counted, including housework,
gardening, etc. The goal is to get up and get moving!
Members will receive encouragement throughout the program through online newsletters,
which is full of tips and tricks to keep you on track plus nutrition information.
And the best thing is it is free to join!
If you would like more information on healthy eating, Walk Across Arkansas, or other
exercise programs offered through the University Division of Agriculture, contact
the Howard County Extension Office at 870-845-7517 or visit our office located on
the second floor of the courthouse.
Remember, the Howard County Fair is next week! September 5-10, 2022. There are several
new activities and there will be lots to see. Bring your fair entries on Tuesday,
September 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Make plans to come out and enjoy the fair!
This recipe was a staple at the Howard County Fair for many years and still requested
today. They make a great treat for your family on weekends.
7 ½ cups self-rising flour
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
½ cup nonfat dry milk
½ cup cooking oil
2 cups water
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 ChairU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org