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On the Path to New Dietary Guidance Recommendations

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 6:06pm
“Eat more fruits and vegetables.” “Choose a variety of protein foods like lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans, peas and unsalted nuts and seeds.” “Make at least half your grains whole grains.” “Reduce Sodium intake to 2300 mg.” These are just some of the nutrition recommendations that are the foundation of our current Federal nutrition [...]

USDA, Partners Gearing Up for Summer Meal Service

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 6:06pm
Last week, about 250 Ohio lawmakers, educators, nonprofit directors, community leaders and others came together at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for the third annual statewide Summer Food Service Summit. The focus of this summit was USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, as efforts are ramping up to ensure that all eligible children have access to healthy meals [...]

Acting Local, Growing Global for Good Food

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 6:06pm
For over a century, my hometown of Chicago has been a cultural, financial, and agricultural hub.  And as a hub, it has a long history of supporting innovation and opportunity.  From the first cattle drives came the great Chicago Stockyards that supplied meat to the nation.  From the early trading of the Chicago Butter and [...]

Good News about Early Childhood Obesity Rates

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:03pm
USDA believes in giving children a foundation for life-long health through access to healthy food and quality nutrition education.  So, that’s why we are encouraged by a couple of recent studies that indicate that the rates of obesity among young children are declining.  One study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found [...]

Celebrate 30 Delicious, Kid-Approved Recipes during National Nutrition Month

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 5:59pm
For much of the nation, the long winter has presented a great opportunity to gather in the kitchen and cook up a new dish with the family. In the spirit of National Nutrition Month, USDA has recently released new cookbooks that feature 30 delicious, kid-approved recipes. The offerings represent the top picks from the Recipes for Healthy Kids [...]

Working Together to Bring Healthy Foods to Communities in Need

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 5:59pm
Cross posted from the White House Rural Council Blog: Recently, representatives from the White House Domestic Policy Council, the US Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the Treasury joined representatives from various community projects from around the country to discuss how to increase healthy food access to [...]

USDA Continues Reaching Indian Country through the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:56am
Finding groceries can be difficult in many inner city neighborhoods, and in many rural areas the challenge can be even more daunting.  Americans living in remote areas might easily spend half a day just making a grocery run. And for many Native Americans living on Indian reservations, simply getting to a place to purchase nutritious [...]

America’s Nutrition Safety Net Remains Strong

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 5:48pm
As Administrator of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, I’m encouraged by the strong support the new Farm Bill gives the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Millions of American families can now be assured that they will have continued access to healthy food as they return to work and rebuild in the wake of tough times. [...]

New MyPlate Resources for Adults and Teens

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 5:48pm
March is National Nutrition Month®, the time we remind ourselves of the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.  Four new MyPlate 10 Tips have been developed to target women, teen girls, men, and teen guys. Find them online at!  These new 10 Tips provide accurate, informative [...]

Why You Should Know the Name Norman Borlaug

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:45am
This post is part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the USDA blog.  Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from USDA’s rich science and research portfolio. Most Americans have never heard the name Norman Borlaug—and that’s ironic, considering that he is hailed around the world as one of the greatest [...]

USDA Supports Schools in Implementing Updated Nutrition Standards

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 5:27pm
Each and every school day, over 30 million children participate in USDA’s school meals programs; many of these children consume two or more of their daily meals at school.  There’s no denying that school food plays a critical role in children’s diets, and USDA takes this responsibility very seriously.  We are committed to doing our [...]

The Power of Women in Agriculture

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 5:27pm
Cross-posted on the White House Council on Women and Girls blog: Agriculture touches our lives each and every day—whether actively farming and ranching, conducting research, or shopping at the grocery store—and women leaders play an increasingly pivotal role across the board. The number of farms operated by women has more than doubled since 1978. Across [...]

Producing Positive Results During National Nutrition Month

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 5:27pm
Healthy eating plus physical fitness equals a positive lifestyle. It is a concept that has been talked about for years. Fruits and vegetables are an integral part of the equation and a corner stone for National Nutrition Month. Through a number of services, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) ensures that fresh, high-quality produce can [...]

Secretary’s Column: Serving Up Healthy Food and a Healthier Next Generation

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 5:27pm
This article was originally posted on Read the original here. As Secretary of Agriculture, I take USDA’s nickname of the “People’s Department”—first coined by President Abraham Lincoln—to heart. Over the past five years, we have worked hard to build upon our tradition of service to the American people, supporting both the farmers and ranchers [...]

WIC Study Finds Program Supports a Healthier Next Generation

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 5:22pm
As National Nutrition Month hits its stride, USDA is excited to announce more evidence that the WIC program is building a healthier future for our nation’s youngest and most vulnerable.  A new USDA study finds that the program continues to serve a high percentage of those who qualify, providing them the nutritional access and resources [...]

The Growth of an Industry – 18,000+ Certified Organic Operations in the U.S. Alone

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 5:22pm
American organic farmers and producers are at the forefront of innovation and entrepreneurship.  Organic production contributes to building a stronger rural America by creating economic opportunities for farms and businesses of all sizes. In the U.S. alone, there are now 18,513 certified USDA organic operations, representing nearly a 245 percent increase since 2002.  And there [...]

Summer Food for Children Demonstration Projects: Finding New Ways to End Childhood Hunger

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 5:17pm
When school lets out, millions of children look forward to camps, pools, and blockbuster movies.  However, many children will also experience hunger.  When school is in session, low-income students receive free or reduced-price school meals that help families stretch their food budget.  When the school year ends, those school meals are no longer available to [...]

Produce Safety University: Supporting a Healthier Next Generation through School Food Safety!

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 5:17pm
Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children.  To reinforce that value, USDA is constantly working to ensure that kids are only being served safe, high quality meals.   That’s why we launched Produce Safety University (PSU) in 2010, to address the food safety issues related to fresh produce, particularly as it [...]

Farm to School Grants Offer New Opportunities to Serve Healthy Local Foods in School Meals

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:15am
It’s not every day that I get the opportunity to hang out with a group of cool elementary school students.  Which is why I was so excited for the chance to spend a few hours at J.C. Nalle Elementary School in Southeast Washington, D.C. You see, it was “Fresh Feature Friday” and D.C. Central Kitchen [...]

USDA, Partners Work to Expand SNAP Access at Farmers Markets

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 5:11pm
As spring marches closer, farmers markets across the country are ramping up or reopening for the season. In addition to year-round staples like local milk, meat, and grains, the stars of the season—asparagus, onions, new potatoes, lamb, and greens of all varieties—are beginning to make their debuts. In a few months’ time, the markets will [...]