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2A Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Feather River Bulletin James Wilson Staff Writer, Last month, community members of all sorts decided to try to eat healthfully for a week with a budget of just $28 as part of Plumas County Public Health Agency's $4-a-Day Challenge. Public Health initiated the challenge to raise awareness about the difficulties involved with healthy eating on a limited budget. What the agency discovered, however, is there is a lot more to eating healthfully than just the price tag. Participants posted their experiences with the food challenge on the agency's "Plumas Health and Wellness" Facebo0k page. Results varied, but one revelation that seemed to stick out was a tight food budget becomes easier to manage when multiple people shop together. The economies of scale allowed for more variety. Participants that completed the week-long challenge independently weren't able to stretch their dollar as far; this resulted in a less diverse selection of menu items: Health Education Coordinator Zach Revene, who completed the challenge by himself, shared the difficulty he had completing the challenge. Revene said he had to limit his portions and variety. "I had to get creative, and honestly, a couple of my meals towards the end were not very pleasing. You can only do but so much with a limited list of ingredients," he posted on the Public Health page. Revene said he was not able to meet his goal of filling half his plate with fruits and vegetables. Instead, he relied jalapefios, an inexpensive by the challenge to move affordabflity," she said. "I see more on grains and protein, ingredient that adds lots of forward, with a book theythat 'price' is just a piece in a Lori Simpson, Plumas flavor, have been writing titled "The really big puzzle." County supervisor for "I did enjoy this challenge Once and Future Meals," Hall said there are many District 4, also took the (not so sure my husband did about utilizing leftover hidden barriers to eating challenge independently and as much), but certainly know ingredients, healthfully that people don't found it equally difficult: that the ability to do meal The best example of consider. Not everyone has a "It was hard the last few planning, ability to cook and increased spending power fully equipped kitchen that days, I was tired of the limited take advantage of our food with more participants came allows cooking from scratch. food choices I had. I did not bank, commodities, from Public Health Director Hall used people struggling feel hungry throughout the perishables and coupon shop Mimi Hall. Hall took the with transient housing as week with the foods I chose, makes a big difference inchallenge with her husband another example of a hidden but definitely did not get what you can put on the and their three children,barrier. Many people raised enough vegetables and fruits table," Kitty wrote, allowing for a grocery budget with food insecurity filled up with the $28.00, and I craved Chefs Dana and Carol of $140 for the week. on cheaper, unhealthy those," she posted. Smith had an easier time with Hall's meals were diverse, options. Often those people do Even people that partnered the Challenge --they evenmany with ethnic flairs, not know how to cook, so they with others during the had leftovers at the end of the Meals included Kahlua pork take the easier option that challenge faced some week. The day after theirwith cabbage and brown rice, isn't always healthy. difficulty. Quincy's Kitty and challenge ended, the couple : butternut squash soup andHall said she plans to use John Gay took the challenge fed eight of their friends with vegetable curry with the lessons she learned together and stressed the soup and bread they made homemade naan breadl during the challenge to design importance of planning their from leftover ingredients. Hall said she was able tothe future of the countywide meals during the week. "When you can spend $8 a feed herself and her family a health education plan. The Gays bought a 6-pound day together, instead of just variety of healthy and "When we move forward, it pork roast, which they used $4 a day by yourself, it really delicious meals because she will be about how to make the throughout the week to make gets into another realm of did not have what she calls healthy choice the easy various meals. Another tip buying power," said Dana."hidden barriers." choice," she said. 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