Category Archives: FNP Holiday Tips

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Safely Cooking for Large Groups

Many holiday celebrations are centered around sharing food with family and friends. Because you only want to share love, not germs, food safety needs to be a part of the holiday meal planning process. Cooking for large groups presents a different set of food safety concerns than everyday cooking. In addition to the usual food safety 101, handwashing, safe thawing techniques and minimum internal temperature, here are some additional food safety steps to follow during holiday get-togethers. Continue reading

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The Two Biggest Food Safety Hazards on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is a time for spreading love and cheer, not germs! Unfortunately, many families do not use proper food handling practices, increasing the risk of food poisoning at their holiday meals. By following this food safety advice, you can avoid the two biggest food safety hazards on Thanksgiving day. Continue reading

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Maintaining Your Weight During The Holidays

Most people associate the holiday season with gaining weight from the tasty food at parties and family celebrations, holiday party drinking, and less time and energy for exercise. Research has found that for most adults, this weight gain only adds up to one pound, not the 5 or more pounds commonly reported in the news. While only one pound sounds minor, most people don’t lose that extra pound. As we age, those extra pounds add up, leading to obesity over time. So one strategy for maintaining a healthy weight for a lifetime is to avoid gaining holiday weight, no matter how small just one pound seems. Continue reading

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Five Tips for a Happy, Healthy Halloween

Believe it or not, you can enjoy Halloween with your family and still make healthy choices. I’m not saying that the temptation isn’t real. There will be candy everywhere you turn for the next week or more! But with a few #FNPholidaytips, your family can celebrate Halloween without all the added sugar. Continue reading

Ideas for Eating Smart and Moving More at Family Picnics

Picnics are great family outings for people watching their budgets. They can make your usual dinner a special event with just a little extra planning (but no extra cost!). Practicing good food safety is important for picnics, since you’ll be storing and eating food without the usual refrigeration or cleaning amenities you’re used to in a kitchen. Taking your meal to the local park or playground also encourages moving more, as your kids will want to run and play outdoors. Here’s a list of recipes and activities to help your family eat smart and move more at your next picnic. Continue reading