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All About Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a great Better Pantry staple. It is low-cost, widely-available, and can be used in many different recipes. It’s a popular source of plant-based protein and heart-healthy fats. And it just tastes good! Continue reading

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How Sleep Impacts Health

This weekend, Daylight Savings Time ended and we all set our clocks back an hour. For most people, this usually means a magical extra hour of badly needed sleep (with the unfortunate tradeoff of the sun setting at 5 o’clock). Experts recommend most adults get 7-9 hours of sleep each night, but many of us are clocking less than that. Between kids, work, and screen time, almost half of adults aren’t getting enough quality sleep. And that can be bad for our health in a variety of ways. Continue reading

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Indoor Cardio Exercise Ideas

Late fall is the time of year that everyone but the most dedicated exercisers head indoors because of cooler temperatures. But you don’t have to hibernate all winter just because it’s too cold to go for a walk or jog outside. Keep up your physical activity habits with these ideas for bringing your cardio workouts indoors. Continue reading

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Shopping Smart on a Budget

Did you know that the average supermarket carries 39,500 different items? With so many options, how do you shop smart and make the best choices for your family? When you’re trying to eat smart on a budget, grocery shopping can be hard. But it is possible to save money and still eat well. It just takes some planning. These are the five best ways to shop smart on a budget. Continue reading

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How FNP Helps Feed VA

In honor of Feed VA Day of Action, we’re highlighting Virginia Family Nutrition Program’s educators who take action every day as they empower Virginians to make good food choices, work to eliminate food deserts and strive to end hunger in our state.

Our Program Assistants, SNAP-Ed Agents and volunteers work with individuals and families by teaching them grocery shopping strategies, meal planning tips, cooking skills, food safety skills, and tips for maintaining active lifestyles. These are the folks who work in their communities, sharing their knowledge and giving people tools to make healthy choices for their families.

Are you interested in helping us in our mission? We are always looking for volunteers to work with our educators throughout Virginia. Take action to end hunger in your community. Contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office to learn about volunteer opportunities.