A Healthy Parfait

A Healthy Parfait


Today we’re welcoming two
Clemson Extension Health agents to our studio. Amber Wilson you
are based in Barnwell and tell me what your
responsibilities are. Yes Ma’am. So in Barnwell county as a Health extension agent with Clemson we work on different focus areas. And we’re a partner with the Medical University of South Carolina
for these. So we reduce infant mortality. We work on reducing
childhood obesity, promoting treatment for individuals
living in chronic pain, providing access to women’s
cancer screenings such as cervical cancer and breast
cancer. And we also deliver hypertension programs and
pre-diabetes programs. Gracious goodness! Paris Mebane, I think we
need to go and rest after that long litany of things that
you’re doing but tell me which one of the programs, This is
going to be hypertension control recipe and and this is
something you use? Tell me how this fits in with that class.
Healthy eating and physical activity and stress management,
those are all things we talk about in our hypertension class.
And today we’re just going to make a quick healthy recipe.
How many people, how many adults in South Carolina
have hypertension? Well over half the adult population in South Carolina they actually have hypertension. So this is, There’s a big need here for this class. Let’s start and start putting this together. Let’s talk about how it’s going
to go. So first we have our strawberry yogurt. And we do a
low-fat version because it’s a healthier option. Okay. And
you’ve told me that you had people who’ve done a pretty
good job losing a little weight in your class. We had one lady
lose about five pounds. Usually our participants see a decline in their blood pressure readings They increase their physical activity by the end of the program. So we just see a whole lot of real good like stuff come out of the class. That’s exciting. And how many times do the people meet with you? They actually meet with
us about eight times. But some groups they can’t really devote to the eight sessions. So we kind of can condense it into four weeks. Okay. So yeah! Alright, let’s take a look at what’s coming next. Now we have some blueberry
yogurt that we’re going to add in. And we’re starting out making a complete bowl and this is
something you would do if you were going to have it just
for your family I think. Yes. And so then we’re going to let you start. And we’re going to start making little ones in case you’re having a dinner party. Cause you can have healthy eating with any kind of meal. Can’t you? You can. And so tell me how you. How you usually Amber how do you find your participants? So participants come in different ways. Some people actually call me and say,
‘Hey I heard you have a hypertension program. Can
you work with my group? Or even I’ll advertise on Facebook and
the newspaper. Okay. Flyers. wherever I see the people and I
feel like it’ll be a good opportunity, we’ll work with them. Even churches, also. Okay and I’m adding the vanilla yogurt again low-fat And then we’re going to top this off with
something that’s going to be a lot of fun, a lot of crunch. How
about that? Absolutely. So I feel that, you know one
of the things I say is that people especially in our rural
counties sometimes don’t have the access to healthcare. Is
this something that you feel y’all can kind of help fill in
the gaps and be able to work with physicians? Yes ma’am. So we actually me at different doctors’ offices around the county. Wonderful! We actually meet anywhere that we can get a group formed we go
out and do it. We do it a lot of community centers and things
like that. Okay and then also I think one of the things
that I like is that you not only deal with people as they
get a little older, but I think the the breast milk and
that’s to help reduce infant mortality. Absolutely! So what we do is we educate our women on breastfeeding and also on safe sleep skills. And what we know
is that seven counties in South Carolina have a high infant
mortality rate. Do we? They do. Oh my goodness. And then we can actually have them to donate their breast milk. And then that breast milk has helped save
some of the sickest and tiniest babies in South Carolina.
Because it’s pasteurized and you’re able to send it to the
Neo NIC units? Absolutely so we send it to Charleston and M-U-S-C and they pasteurize it. They freeze it
and it’s all safe for the babies. And I’ve heard that
premature infants can have all kinds of gastrointestinal
problems and the breast milk is remarkably important in
keeping them safe. That is true. (laughter) Well ladies I think it’s wonderful to know that Clemson is partnering within
M-U-S-C and that we have such
confident and encouraging people who are trying to take the message of healthier living to South Carolinians. Thank you
for being with us today and I now I think we’ll enjoy getting to taste this wonderful parfait.

Daniel Yohans

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