A Clean Kitchen is a Safe Kitchen

Have you gotten the spring cleaning urge yet? Since the weather hasn’t quite warmed up for outdoor activities, now is a great time to clean your kitchen. Cleaning is the first step for preventing illnesses and keeping germs out of your food. And a clean and organized kitchen is more inviting for cooking at home, the best strategy for eating smart. Continue reading

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Eat Smart with School Breakfast

Does your child eat school breakfast? The School Breakfast Program was launched in 1966 and has been in place permanently since 1975. The program is administered by the USDA and operates similarly to the National School Lunch Program. The program follows dietary guidelines to help improve the health of the children, such as including whole grains and fruits, eliminating foods with trans fats, and having appropriate calories depending on a child’s age and grade. School breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for over 11 million students across the country. Continue reading

Put Your Best Fork Forward For National Nutrition Month

Put Your Best Fork Forward for National Nutrition Month

Each March we celebrate National Nutrition Month by focusing on eating smart for better health. For 2017, the theme is Put Your Best Fork Forward. Building on the idea of MyPlate, MyWins, this month is about finding small changes to our food choices one forkful at a time. Making these small changes a lasting part of your lifestyle adds up to a big impact on your health over time. Continue reading

Aerobic exercise improves heart health.

Cardio for Healthy Hearts

Physical activity is an important part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. When you move your body, your heart pumps oxygen-rich blood to fuel active muscles. This helps increase your heart’s strength and endurance. A stronger and fitter heart is more efficient and healthy, which can reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke. The slang term “cardio” get’s its name from cardiovascular exercise, also known as aerobic physical activity. Let’s explore the connection between physical activity and cardiovascular health. Continue reading

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Safe Storage for Perishable Foods

Perishable foods are foods that spoil quickly and need to be stored properly to stay fresh and keep germs from multiplying. Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, eggs, meat, poultry, and seafood are perishable foods. We tend to waste perishable foods because they go bad before we eat them. Food is a large part of a family’s budget, so wasted food is wasted money. Let’s talk about how to store perishable foods so they have the longest shelf life, stay safe to eat, and limits food waste. Continue reading