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IPC enhances features on its Dishin' Nutrition with Denise Austin widget

by | July 12, 2009
Summer is a great time to pick up healthy habits, but so many people fall off the bandwagon come autumn. The Idaho Potato Commission wants to help potato fans stay on track with tips for exercising healthy lifestyle habits all year long.

With enhanced download instructions, installing Dishin' Nutrition with Denise Austin from is easier than ever before. The Widget Support section provides detailed but not daunting steps for installing the widget on a computer's desktop, e-mail, RSS, blog, web site or social network profile. The content has also been "recharged" with more unusual and informative nutrition and fitness tips that will motivate users to stay fit all year. The personal lifestyle tool also includes recipes from the popular Watching Waistlines & Wallets page on the IPC web site that are specifically designed for those seeking healthy and affordable options.

A sampling of the tips and recipes:

* In a recent study of workers conducted by, 10 percent claimed that they are snacking more (and gaining weight) because of stress due to the current economic environment. If you feel the urge to snack, chew a piece of gum, drink a glass of water or take a five-minute walk around the building.

* Let vacation enhance your healthy lifestyle, not hinder it. Explore the area by walking, biking or hiking; bond with your travel companions by sharing large portions and desserts; be conscious of the number of calories you are eating every day -- they do add up.

* Treat your family to breakfast in bed Sunday morning with a mashed Idaho potato omelet (the recipe is available on the IPC web site). Add a side of whole-wheat toast and fresh fruit, and your family will be full until noon, not to mention how much they will appreciate you.

At a time when consumers are pinching pennies, including Idaho potatoes in a diet is a great way to prepare affordable meals that give consumers the most nutritional return on investment. In fact, one Idaho potato costing around 25 cents has only 110 calories, and contains zero fat and zero cholesterol. Each 5.3-ounce spud contains 45 percent of the daily value of Vitamin C, nearly two times as much potassium as a banana, fiber, protein, Vitamin B6 and complex carbohydrates, which are essential for anyone on the go.

"In today's mobile lifestyle, more and more consumers are engaging in web applications that meet their on-the-go needs," Frank Muir, president and chief executive officer of the commission, said in a July 1 press release. "Dishin' Nutrition is our way of helping consumers kick start their health goals in a convenient, affordable manner."

Denise Austin's positive outlook on health and nutrition makes her the perfect portable fitness assistant. Since 2004, the health and fitness guru and celebrity has helped deliver the commission's healthful messages about eating a well-rounded diet including healthy carbs, like Idaho potatoes. Ms. Austin is all about implementing simple, healthy changes for a lifetime, which are reflected in the tips and recipes provided by the Dishin' Nutrition widget.

"The IPC and Denise understand [that] the two main obstacles for most Americans to commit to healthy lifestyle changes are time and money," Mr. Muir added in the release. "We hope this free, portable widget is the solution for many. It's like having a mini Denise right there to motivate you every day."

The widget is a continuation of the commission's public relations efforts, conveying affordable, healthful options for consumers during these economically challenging times. Both the Fit Tips and recipes will please consumers' waistlines and wallets.