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Free nutrition education

Sandra Barlow is a Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County nutrition educator for Eat Smart NY, part of a federally funded educational effort for people of all ages on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly the food stamp program.

Barlow, 52, of Cheektowaga, and her co-workers teach low-income residents from across the county how to eat better for less, using demonstrations and handouts at schools, after-school programs and community centers. She will give out healthy eating brochures, make smoothies and raffle off blenders from noon to 3 p.m. today during the Gerard Place Health Fair at Bailey and Delaware avenues. Health screenings, lunches and garage sale items – all free – also will be offered during the health fair.

What are the top Eat Smart tips you live by?

I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables; particularly vegetables, low-fat foods like yogurt, whole grains.

What are the staples of your diet?

Low fat, lean meat – I like fish – beans and a lot of salads. My favorite vegetables are broccoli – and asparagus, which is in season right now.

The food you find hardest to resist?


– Scott Scanlon