Parish Nurse

October Fall Farmers Markets for Healthy Eating

Fall is a wonderful time of year to visit the farmers’ market which makes adding more fruits and vegetables to your meals more fun. Did you ever wonder if you should buy organic products? Kale was recently added to the “Dirty Dozen” list of foods which have two or more detectable pesticides. It ranks number 3 behind strawberries and spinach. Others in descending order are: nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, and potatoes.

On the “Clean Fifteen” list, again in descending order are: avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas, onions, papayas, eggplant, asparagus, kiwi, cantaloupe, broccoli, mushrooms, and honeydew melon. It makes sense to minimize exposure to pesticides when possible and affordable especially for infants, children, and pregnant women.

The Diabetes Support Group will meet for the final meeting of 2019 on Tuesday October 8 at 6:30pm at Library Square. Topic: “Maintaining Balance”.  All are welcome!

I will be starting a “Healthy Living with Diabetes” program at Aurora West Allis on Tuesday October 8, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.  This is a 6 week 2.5 hour research based workshop. It is designed to help adults with Type 2 Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes learn the skills to increase their confidence in managing their blood sugar. Family members are also welcome. Registration is required at or call 888-863-5502.

~Nurse Pat