Gates Partners For Health
Gates Partners for Health (GP4H) is a network of agencies and citizens dedicated to improving the health and quality of life with people of all ages within the Gates County community. Priorities of GP4H are divided into three major focus areas: physical activity and nutrition, chronic disease, and injury prevention. The committees consist of representation from local agencies, faith communities, and interested citizens. The Gates Partners for Health (GP4H) was state certified as a Healthy Carolinians Partnership in 2003.
Improving the health and quality of life in our community with people of all ages,
Gates Partners for Health achieved its first recertification in 2006 and will apply for the second recertification in 2011.
The partnership’s major funding sources have included Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Gates County Commissioners, Roanoke Chowan Foundation and the Obici Healthcare Foundation.
July Tips for Healthier Families
Deal...or No Deal?
Moving from a small to a medium bag of movie theater popcorn costs only about $0.75-1.00 more. BUT that 15-25% increase in price can add an extra 300 calories and leave you with two days worth of saturated fat or trans fats. And that's unbuttered popcorn!
Did you know....Vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron
According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, iron is a mineral in food which your body needs to make blood. The red color of blood comes from the iron which combines with protein, called hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen to all the cells in your body. Iron-rich foods include lean meat, shellfish, liver, tofu, dried beans and peas, pork and beans, eggs, greens, dried fruit, watermelon, iron-fortified cereal including hot cereals and grits, whole grain or enriched bread and pasta, nuts, and peanut butter.
The body absorbs iron more effectively when consuming certain iron-rich foods along with foods high in Vitamin C. Good sources of Vitamin C are fresh fruits and vegetables including; oranges, grapefruit, broccoli, strawberries, cantaloupe, cabbage, tomatoes, lemon juice, kiwi, papaya, cauliflower, kale, mustard and collard greens, and brussels sprouts.
Try these ideas for snacks and meals to consume iron-rich and Vitamin C-rich foods together - boiled egg with orange juice, iron-fortified cereal with strawberries, peanut butter and crackers with tomato juice, black-eyed peas with tomatoes, watermelon with cantaloupe, and hamburger with slaw.
Healthy and Fun Snack Ideas for Kids and Adults
♥ Toast whole grain waffles and top with low-fat yogurt and berries.
♥ Dip peeled banana in low-fat yogurt and sprinkle with crushed cereal or nuts. Can freeze on
hot summer days.
♥ Stuff half a whole grain pita pocket with ricotta cheese and apple slices, add a dash of
♥ Spread peanut butter on apple slices or celery.
♥ Insert low-fat cheese cubes and fruit - pineapple chunks, apple cubes,
strawberries on a kabob stick.
♥ Spread pizza sauce on an english muffin and top with low-fat mozzarella cheese.
♥ Dip graham crackers in low-fat yogurt.
Get the benefits from a variety of colorful foods, especially fruits and vegetables:
Green produce indicates antioxidants and may help reduce cancer risk.
Orange/deep yellow produce contains nutrients that promote healthy vision and immunity, and reduce the risk of some types of cancers.
Purple/blue produce may help with memory, urinary tract health, and reduce cancer risk.
Red produce may help promote heart health, and reduce cancer risk.
White/tan/brown foods may also promote heart health and reduce cancer risk.
Gates Partners for Health Board Members 2009-2010
Marsha F. Langston, Chair
Lulu Eure, Vice Chair
Colleen Turner, Secretary
Lee Brooks, Eat Smart move More Chair
Nikki Ward, Chronic Disease Awareness Committee Chair
Patrice Lassiter, Injury Prevention Committee Chair
Nancy Easterday, Access to Health Care Chair
Esther Lassiter, GP4H Director
Board Members /Area of Representation
Sylvia Boone / Gates County Medical Center
Rev. Wesley Boone / Faith Community
Reba Green-Holley / NC Cooperative Extension
Kenneth Jernigan / Board of Commissioners
Jill Jordan / Albemarle Regional Health Services
Frances Perry / ViQuest Center
Jo Ann Powell / Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center
Terri Watson / Gates County Schools