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Taking a Bite out of the Local Apple in the Windy City

2 hours 29 min ago
March is National Nutrition Month, and local food plays an important role in providing Americans with fresh, healthy fuel for their bodies. From farmers to financiers to schools and hospitals, there is a lot of passion for sharing good food by supporting strong local and regional food systems. I experienced this firsthand during my trip [...]

Keep School Lunches Healthy

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 9:00pm
Every parent has dreams for their child. We want them to grow up strong and healthy. We tell them to dream big and work hard so that they can be anything they want to be. We want them to take the world by storm. As parents, we lay the foundation for our children’s future success, [...]

Celebrate National Nutrition Month in your Community!

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 9:00pm
In honor of National Nutrition Month®, MyPlate is sharing resources to help you bite into a healthy lifestyle everywhere you go! This blog highlights resources for encouraging a healthy lifestyle within your community. Learn about healthy eating at home and at work here. There are many ways to engage a community in healthy eating! Create [...]

Promoting Skills and Training for Low-Income Workers

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 1:00pm
Cross-posted from the White House Council of Economic Advisers blog: Last year, the President directed Vice President Biden to lead a review of federal job training programs in order to identify and implement steps to make these programs more “job-driven” and responsive to the needs of employers. The idea was that — even as the [...]

Celebrate National Nutrition Month at Work!

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:00pm
In honor of National Nutrition Month®, MyPlate is sharing resources to help you bite into a healthy lifestyle everywhere you go! This blog highlights resources related to healthy eating at work. Learn about healthy eating at home here. Practice healthy habits at work!  Throughout the work day, find ways to eat healthy and be active. [...]

Child and Adult Care Food Program Reaches Far and Wide

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 1:00pm
During National Nutrition Month, we’re excited to highlight the many ways federal nutrition assistance programs benefit vulnerable Americans. At USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, we often get the chance to discuss how WIC and our school lunch and breakfast programs boost the nutritional lives of millions.  But did you know that each day our Child [...]

A Student’s View: Healthier School, Brighter Future

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 1:00pm
The following guest blog from a Nebraska high school student is part of our Cafeteria Stories series, highlighting healthy meals in schools and the impact of hard working school nutrition professionals who are dedicated to making the healthy choice the easy choice at schools across the country.  We thank these students, parents, teachers, and school [...]

Partnership, Technology Help Forge a Healthier Next Generation

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 1:00pm
We all benefit from creative partnership.  It’s especially true when some very savvy people leverage USDA Food and Nutrition Service programs to fight hunger and improve nutrition.  Text2BHealthy is one such example, where the University of Maryland-led program uses popular technology to inspire healthy eating habits for low-income families. Established three years ago by the [...]

A Student’s View: Alliance for a Healthier Generation Youth Ambassador Speaks Up for Youth in Washington, D.C.

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 1:00pm
The following guest blog is from a high school student from Yankton, South Dakota that was invited to discuss the implementation of USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools rule at a meeting hosted by the Pew Charitable trusts last fall.  The blog is part of our Cafeteria Stories series, highlighting healthy meals in schools and the [...]

Sound Nutrition: What Every Child Needs

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 9:00pm
By: Sandra G. Hassink, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics, @AAPPres Pediatricians understand all too well the toll that obesity and malnutrition are taking on the health and well-being of our nation’s children. Pediatricians, not politicians, know what’s best for the health of our children, which is why the healthier school meals are based [...]

Celebrate National Nutrition Month at Home!

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 1:00pm
In honor of National Nutrition Month®, MyPlate is sharing resources to help you bite into a healthy lifestyle everywhere you go! This blog highlights resources related to healthy eating at home. Whether you are just beginning to grow your family, raising “tweens”, or keeping in touch with loved ones far away, family is the focus [...]

Healthy Kids Need Healthy Food: USDA Nutrition Programs Help Children and Families Grow & Thrive

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:00pm
USDA nutrition programs help families gain access to safe, nutritious food. Still many families with children don’t have the security of knowing they will be able to feed their family tomorrow.  Further, many families often rely on cheaper, less healthy foods because of financial constraints and transportation issues. USDA is working to address the intertwined [...]

Summer Meals: Its Success Depends on All of Us

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:00pm
Every day, millions of students are able to enjoy a nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunch thanks to the National School Lunch Program. Everyday they’re in school, that is. But what happens to these children when school lets out during the summer? That’s when vital programs offered by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service come into [...]

Another Study Shows Kids Eating More Healthy Food at School, Throwing Less Food Away

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:00pm
A new study published in Childhood Obesity has again confirmed that students are consuming healthier food at school as a result of the updated meal standards.  The study further demonstrates that, contrary to anecdotal reports, the new standards are not contributing to an increase in plate waste.  The study was conducted by researchers from the [...]

Rural Housing: Making a Home for Summer Food Program

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 9:00pm
In 2014, 21.6 million American children depended on free or reduced-price school lunches. When school lets out for the summer, many of these children do not get enough to eat and become at risk of all the health issues associated with hunger.  Poverty and the lack of food for children are persistent problems in rural [...]

Hunger In Our Schools: Breakfast Is A Crucial “School Supply” For Kids In Need

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:00pm
Good nutrition is just as important to a child’s future as a quality education—maybe even more so. We can’t expect kids to learn, excel and achieve if they aren’t properly nourished from day one. Share Our Strength’s new report, Hunger in Our Schools, illustrates how the healthier school breakfasts and lunches are working to address [...]

Investing in Rural Kids Is an Investment in Our Future

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:00pm
Cross-posted from the White House Rural Council blog: “Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we build an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead? … This country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, [...]

National Nutrition Month: Raising a Healthier Generation through Diet, Education

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 9:00pm
We all want our children to succeed.  It’s an important value and one the entire country can rally around.  This March we’re redoubling our efforts to that commitment by celebrating National Nutrition Month and the importance of raising a healthier generation of kids. It’s our collective responsibility to ensure the next generation has access to [...]

Small Start-Up Brings Big Change for Philly Communities

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:00pm
It all started with one truck—one truck and the idea that bringing fresh, healthy foods into Philly communities was just a question of coordination.  For Haile Johnston and his wife, Tatiana Garcia-Granados, founding Common Market was the logical solution to solve the food access issues they saw in the communities around them. “The core of [...]

Teach Healthier Meals in a SNAP!

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:00pm
This is the fourth installment of the What’s Cooking? Blog Series. In honor of the Let’s Move 5th Anniversary, and the commitment USDA shares with Let’s Move to promote healthy eating and access to healthy foods, this month-long series will highlight the various features of the What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl recipe website. Attention nutrition [...]