The Downtown Farmers' Market presented by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines will return to Downtown Des Moines on Saturday, May 4, 2013. The Market spans nine city blocks and is held in the Historic Court District, every Saturday morning, rain or shine and even holidays, from May 4 - Oct. 26, 2013.
"We are excited to announce for the first time The Market will be staying open an hour later on opening day to help celebrate the start of the season. The cool rainy spring has everyone excited for Saturday mornings at the Downtown Farmers' Market so the extra hour to shop will be a great way to kick off the season," says Kelly Foss, Downtown Farmers' Market director. "We are also proud to partner with our new presenting sponsor UnityPoint Health. They will help connect our market community to the knowledge and resources to live a healthier life."
The Downtown Farmers' Market will be open on May 4 from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. and then will resume traditional hours of 7 a.m. - noon from May 11 - Sept. 26. Beginning the first Saturday of October we will implement our new fall hours and The Market will open an hour later, October fall hours are 8 a.m. - noon. The Downtown Farmers' Market welcomes 37 new vendors, and throughout the 2013 season will showcase nearly 300 local producers and artisans from across Iowa offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, poultry, cheese, eggs, wine, flowers, bedding plants, breads, pastries, nuts and so much more. The Market also offers specialty and artisan lunch and breakfast food, provides a variety of local art and entertainment, and offers learning opportunities and special programming - all while presenting enjoyment, fun, and excitement.
"We are excited and proud to be part of this year's Downtown Farmers' Market - a great community summer tradition," said Eric Crowell, President and CEO of Unity Point Health - Des Moines. "We look forward to reaching out to the folks in our community on Saturday mornings and offering them great health information and providing fun, hands-on activities."UnityPoint Health - Des Moines is the new presenting sponsor of the Downtown Farmers' Market. Every Saturday UnityPoint Health staff and volunteers will be on-site with fun and educational programs including exercise demonstrations, skin cancer screenings, bike helmet safety checks, seasonally-appropriate recipe suggestions from nutritionists and more ways to Live Well.
The Downtown Farmers' Market began in 1976 with just 15 vendors and an average of 200 shoppers and operated July - September. Today, the Market supports nearly 300 vendors and an average of 20,000 visitors each Saturday during May - October. The Downtown Farmers' Market was recently named one of America's Best Farmers Markets by Country Living magazine.The Downtown Wednesday Farmers' Market will return to Western Gateway neighborhood Aug. 28 - Oct. 2, 2013 featuring 30 vendors on Thirteenth Street between Locust Street and Grand Avenue. Hours are 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Winter Market will be held in Capital Square/Nollen Plaza on Nov. 16 - 17 and Dec. 14 - 15, 2013 featuring 125 vendors. Hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturdays.Last year's opening day on Court Avenue attracted a record crowd of nearly 40,000 people. The Downtown Farmers' Market is produced by the Downtown Community Alliance and is presented by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. Media partner is Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.
About the Downtown Farmers' Market
The Downtown Farmers' Market is presented by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and produced by the Downtown Community Alliance. The Downtown Farmers' Market is held every Saturday morning, May 4 - Oct. 26 in the Historic Court Avenue District in Downtown Des Moines. The Market also produces a six-week Downtown Wednesday Farmers' Market in the fall and a Downtown Winter Farmers' Market presented by UnityPoint Health- Des Moines in November and December. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is the official media partner for The Market. The Downtown Community Alliance, in association with Greater Des Moines Partnership, provides a consistent and constant focus on developing and maintaining a vibrant downtown core.
Fueling Your Workout
Alison Tedrow, Senior Dietetics Student, Iowa State University
Have you ever heard someone say they like to workout on an empty stomach because then they burn more fat? This is one of the most detrimental workout myths out there. The reality is, working out on an empty stomach breaks down muscle instead of building it and will most likely lead to not having the energy to complete a good workout. This is because the body's preferred source of energy is carbohydrates. When a workout is completed in a fasted state the body will use whatever carbohydrates are left, then protein from muscle degradation, and finally fat. Food is fuel, and just like a car can't run without gas, the body cannot run without food. Therefore, proper nutrition can make the difference between a good workout and a sluggish workout. The keys to successfully fueling a workout are meal or snack composition and timing.
What is eaten immediately before a workout, if anything, is an important item to consider because this is what the body will primarily rely on to get through the workout. It is generally considered best to provide a good source of simple carbohydrates and protein. Why? Because carbohydrates are the body's preferred source of energy and simple carbs will be absorbed quickly. However, during a long workout (2 or more hours) consuming a combination of complex and simple carbs would be best so that the complex carbs can fuel the later part of the workout, due to slower absorption. Protein will promote quick muscle recovery and help to minimize damage. Research has shown that supplements that combine carbohydrates and protein reduce muscle damage and soreness because of the response created by both the myoglobin and the creatine kinase in muscle (1). Supplying a pre-workout meal with carbs and protein can be as simple as making toast with peanut butter, mixing Greek yogurt with berries, grabbing a handful of raisins and almonds, or blending a protein shake. Precisely how much one should eat is going to vary by the intensity, frequency, and duration of the workouts. In addition to eating before a workout it is also important to remember to properly hydrate with plenty of water.
Timing of a pre-workout snack or meal is just as vital as what is eaten. The exact best time to eat before a workout is going to vary from person to person so make sure to experiment a little, but generally between thirty and ninety minutes before a workout is going to be best. Eating too close to a workout will cause the stomach to compete with the working muscles for blood to help digest the food, which can cause stomach cramping and nausea. Eating too far ahead can cause the body to run out of fuel before the workout is complete, causing the body to feel tired and fatigued. Not only does correct timing fuel the workout it also can increase lean body mass and increase muscle strength gains during resistance training (2). Now what about those morning workouts? Those can be tricky, but the best option is to eat some combination of simple carbs and protein immediately after waking up so that by the time the workout has begun the body has had adequate time to process the food. If this does not seem like enough time, a bed time snack the night before could also fuel the workout (3).
While both what is eaten and when it is eaten are important, the trick is putting those together. Meal or snack and timing should vary by how close it is to the workout. For example, if a workout is planned for 4 in the afternoon, consuming a substantial lunch 3 to 4 hours beforehand and then a snack approximately 1 hour before should provide sufficient fuel. A substantial lunch would allow the metabolism to continue supporting the body through the day and should include all of the macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. An example of a food containing all of the macronutrients could be a turkey and cheese sandwich with mayo. The pre-workout snack should be modeled as discussed above including simple carbohydrates and protein to provide the fuel needed for the workout. However, if time did not permit for lunch until closer to the workout consuming a lighter lunch may end up being the best option. Adjusting your meals and snacks can be easily achieved as long as proximity to the workout and meal or snack composition is considered.
No matter what your exercise plans may be, make sure to also plan your pre-workout nutrition. With good meal or snack composition and timing you will be providing yourself ample energy to have a successful workout. Just remember, if you can't fuel it you can't move it!
For questions, contact:
Carrie J. Leiran, MS, RD, LD
The Nutrition Centres at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines-Des Moines
Baty, J. et al. The effect of a carbohydrate and protein supplement on resistance exercise performance, hormonal response, and muscle damage. Journal of strength and conditioning research/national strength and conditioning association , 21:321-329, 2007. (1)
Clarke, N. Sports Nutrition Guidebook. Champaign: Human Kinetics, 2008. (3)
Cribb, P. J. and Hayes, A. Effects of Supplement Timing and Resistance Exercise on Skeletal Muscle Hypertrophy. Med Sci Sports Exercise , 38:1918-1925, 2006. (2)
We might want to take some diet advice from our European friends from across "the pond." Research has shown following a Mediterranean-inspired diet (heart-healthy eating pattern based on traditional food and cooking styles) reduces your risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases.
Eatright.org explains what this diet places an emphasis on:
- Plenty of exercise and enjoying meals with others.
- Eating fish or shellfish at least twice a week.
- Eating plant-based foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and nuts.
- Replacing butter with healthy, liquid fats like olive oil.
- Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods.
- Small portions of red meat.
- Red wine, in moderation, if appropriate.
Iowa Health - Des Moines to Become the Presenting Sponsor of the Downtown Farmers' Market
DOWNTOWN DES MOINES - The Downtown Community Alliance (DCA) is pleased to announce opening day for the Downtown Farmers' Market is Saturday, May 4, 2013. The DCA is also excited to announce Iowa Health - Des Moines is the new presenting sponsor for 2013 Downtown Farmers' Market season. The Market spans nine city blocks and is held in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines, every Saturday morning, rain or shine and even holidays, from May 4 - Oct. 26, 2013.
"Our new presenting sponsor Iowa Health - Des Moines is the perfect partner to help educate our community on living a healthier life. People are taking a step in the right direction by purchasing fresh local food at The Market and Iowa Health - Des Moines will help take it to the next level," says Kelly Foss, Downtown Farmers' Market Director.
Iowa Health - Des Moines plans to offer special programming every Saturday during the season that will focus on living well. Market patrons can expect to interact with Iowa Health - Des Moines staff on all topics from eating healthy, child safety, screenings and weight loss.
"We are proud to be the premier sponsor of the 2013 Downtown Farmer's Market," said Eric Crowell, Iowa Health - Des Moines President and CEO. "This partnership provides us a wonderful opportunity to support our local farmers, to reinforce the health benefits of eating fresh, locally grown foods, and most importantly, it confirms our commitment to the community we serve."
The Downtown Farmers' Market supports producers from 47 counties across Iowa, offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables and so much more. The Market also offers specialty and artisan food, provides a variety of local art and entertainment and offers learning opportunities. Foss says, "We are looking forward to sharing even more great news in the near future about additional enhancements to the Downtown Farmers' Market in 2013."
The Downtown Farmers' Market began in 1976 with just 15 vendors and an average of 200 shoppers and operated July - September. Today, The Market has grown to more than 200 vendors and an average of 20,000 visitors each Saturday during May - October. The Market also produces a Wednesday Farmers' Market in the fall and a Winter Farmers' Market in November and December. Last year opening day attracted a record crowd of nearly 40,000 people.
The Downtown Farmers' Market is produced by the Downtown Community Alliance and is presented by Iowa Health - Des Moines. Media partner is Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. In 2012, The Downtown Farmers' Market was named one of America's Best Farmers Markets by Country Living magazine.