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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 27, 2003

Healthy Eating, Healthy You

Nutrition specialists at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics invite you to "spring into health" during a special event in March.

In 1973, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) began to recognize the importance of this time of year by initiating "National Nutrition Week". Since 1980, the ADA annually has designated the entire month of March as National Nutrition Month in response to growing public interest in nutrition.

To help celebrate healthy eating, the department of food and nutrition services at UI Hospitals and Clinics will sponsor a National Nutrition Month health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 13 in the atrium lobby on the first level of the John Colloton Pavilion.

The UI Hospitals and Clinics dietetic internship class is organizing the event, which is free and open to the public. In addition to displays, there will be food samples, hands-on activities, and prizes. Dietetic interns will be on hand to answer questions.

Featured topics and interactive demonstrations will include choosing fast foods, food alternatives involving flaxseed, variety and portioning of food, nutrition related to fitness and stress, and how the body makes the most of food. One booth will highlight flaxseed, including what it is, its many health benefits, and how to use it in common foods.

Here are a few prepared recipes to be presented at the health fair:

Peanut Butter Flaxseed Cookies

1 1/2 Cups flour
1/2 Tsp. Baking powder
1/4 Tsp. Baking soda
1/4 Tsp. Salt
1/4 Cup Vegetable oil
1/2 Cup Creamy peanut butter
1/2 Cup Flaxseed
1/2 Cup Brown sugar
1/2 Cup Granulate sugar
1 Egg
2 Tbsp. Water
Additional flaxseed and sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly coat baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, blend dry ingredients together (flour through salt only). Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the oil, peanut butter, flax, sugars, egg, and water until smooth.
Mix in dry ingredients to form a thick dough.
Chill for an hour or so, if too sticky.
Mix sugar and flaxseed in a bowl. Roll balls of dough in mixture before placing on baking sheet.
Use the back of a fork to make indentations on cookies.
Bake for 9-11 minutes until golden brown.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.
Per two cookies: 4 g flaxseed

Flaxseed Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 1/4 Cup Brown sugar
3/4 Cup Flaxseed
2 Tbsp. Oil
1/3 Cup Milk
1 Egg
1 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
3 Cups Oats
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/4 Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Cup Raisins


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream together sugar, flaxseed, and oil.
Add milk, egg, and vanilla.
Mix together dry ingredients except raisins.
Add raisins.
Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes until golden brown.

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen
Per 2 cookies: 5 g flaxseed

Pyramid Power Bean Dip Platter

1-12 oz. Can refried beans
1 1/2 Cups salsa
1 Cup chopped lettuce
1 Cup chopped tomato
1 Cup grated cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips


Spread refried beans in the bottom of a pie plate and spoon salsa over the beans. Layer the chopped lettuce over the salsa. Add the tomato and sprinkle with the grated cheese. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, carrot sticks or celery sticks.

The theme for this year's observance is "Healthy Eating Healthy You." The focus of the campaign is to reinforce the importance of nutrition as a key component of health, along with physical activity. The result of a healthy lifestyle can be a healthy life.

Healthy eating is part of a fit lifestyle that includes balancing daily energy needs through physical activity and good food choices. Food choices should be a variety of foods eaten in moderation while enjoying the pleasure of food. Adopting these behaviors will help achieve longevity and a higher quality of life.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACT(S): Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, Writer: Karl Schnoor