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Walk Kansas

Walk Kansas State Leader

Sharolyn Jackson
Sharolyn Flaming Jackson
K-State Research and Extension
1007 Throckmorton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-2273
sharolyn@ksu.edu

 

A health initiative presented by Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service

Healthy Eating

Healthy eating, including beverage choices, plays a key role in helping you achieve and maintain good health and in reducing the risk of chronic disease throughout your life. As a Walk Kansas participant, you will be asked to report the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat each week. Healthy eating guidelines, tips and recipes will be available through the weekly newsletter and on the Walk Kansas website. Information provided is from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

Choose My PlateSpanish My Plate

Portion Distortion

Oversized mugs, 11-inch dinner plates, jumbo muffin tins, and super soup/pasta bowls are becoming the norm. So what's the big deal, you might ask.

Most people will fill their plate with food. A standard size dinner plate is 9 inches in diameter, so the 2-inch difference of the larger plate allows you to consume 50% more food if you fill your plate and eat until it is empty.

The USDA has established recommended serving sizes and most marketplace portions are at least twice as large as these standards. Some portions are up to eight times greater than the standard.

Celebrating Success!

As a result of Walk Kansas, my son and I have started making better food choices such as salads in place of pizza. Our taste for food has changed. Fruits and vegetables have more appeal and junk food looks and smells bad to us now. We enjoy a walk after we eat, and we are looking forward to riding our bikes.
Wyandotte County

Did You Know?

Research shows people tend to eat most or all of what they are served, and when consumers buy a large size bag of anything, they tend to eat more at one sitting. This trend continues at home where we have control over how much we put on our plate because we we've grown accustomed to the larger servings.

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