I am breathing a sigh of relief as the seventh annual Cattlemen’s Ball comes to a close and another successful event is in the books! 

This event started with the goal and hope that we could unite the health and beef industries in our community to raise money for heart health in Richland County. 

A few of us recognized, we have the research to back up our claims of beef being part of a heart healthy diet but how do we get the message out there to others? We saw other states like Nebraska using a format called a “Cattlemen’s Ball” and thought why not try it in Sidney too? 

The Mondak Stockgrowers just completed their seventh year of partnering with the Foundation for Community Care to bring this event to Sidney. The money raised has helped with many heart-related and community improvement projects that we are very proud of being a part of. 

This committee works six months of the year putting this event together. Each member is involved in the cattle industry and is very passionate about our mission and continuing to bring a fun, successful event every year!

How can we continue to tell this story and practice what we preach? We’re hoping to bring a “Pasture to Plate” tour to Sidney this summer to continue to bring beef nutrition to the forefront along with other issues like sustainability and antibiotics use that our consumers are concerned about to the table for them to ask questions about and see first hand how cattle are raised and taken care of at local ranches and feedlots. Be watching for more details!

In the meantime, make sure and go to beefitswhatsfordinner.com to check out all the amazing recipes that will keep you fueled and warm during this cold snap we’re currently experiencing. 

One of my favorite, easy ideas is a simple beef stir fry which makes for a smart and nutritious way to combine all the essential food groups into a single, delicious meal. 

Protein, veggies and whole grains at once - prepped and served in under 30 minutes. The perfect busy weeknight solution the entire family will love.

 BOLD Study

In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from Penn State University found that people who participated in the Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) study, consuming lean beef daily as part of a heart-healthy diet, experienced a 10 percent decline in LDL  “bad” cholesterol, and still met targets for saturated fat intake.

The BOLD study is the latest addition to a body of evidence that supports including lean beef in a heart-healthy diet.

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