Thursday, April 17, 2014

Healthful foods

6/19/2013

An article in the June 8-9 Herald featured Midge Ransom, Franklin County Health Department director, discussing the local obesity problem. I think we all can agree that there is a problem, and I would like to offer one solution that could begin immediately: our bi-weekly local farmers’ market in the parking lot at Orscheln Farm and Home, 2008 S. Princeton St., Ottawa.

This is a simple place to begin helping folks who wish to become healthier, and it seems like the Franklin County Health Department, Ransom Memorial Hospital, and local healthcare providers should be supporting our market and encouraging people to seek out local fresh vegetables and fruits in place of the processed and fast foods that cause more weight gain.

An article in the June 8-9 Herald featured Midge Ransom, Franklin County Health Department director, discussing the local obesity problem. I think we all can agree that there is a problem, and I would like to offer one solution that could begin immediately: our bi-weekly local farmers’ market in the parking lot at Orscheln Farm and Home, 2008 S. Princeton St., Ottawa.

This is a simple place to begin helping folks who wish to become healthier, and it seems like the Franklin County Health Department, Ransom Memorial Hospital, and local healthcare providers should be supporting our market and encouraging people to seek out local fresh vegetables and fruits in place of the processed and fast foods that cause more weight gain.

A visit to our market offers more than just fresh food. If customers aren’t familiar with a particular vegetable, they need only to ask the farmer about it. We all are eager and willing to share our knowledge and provide cooking experiences and even recipes.

Until we, as a caring community, begin to emphasize healthful whole foods, we have no hope to see a reduction in obesity and the accompanying diseases it creates.

All the health care providers are missing an excellent local source that should be recommended for both education and healthful foods. Good health depends on healthful, real food.

The farmers market is open 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday afternoons. It opens 8 a.m. Saturday mornings.

— Joan Vibert,

Windwalker Farm,

Ottawa

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