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Chef Leverages USDA Team Nutrition Grant to Develop Healthy Menus for Students

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 1:00pm
The following guest blog highlights the important work of Chef Brenda Thompson, RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist).  Thanks to a USDA Team Nutrition grant, she developed recipes for the Chef Designed School Lunch cookbook.  Chef Brenda is currently working with the Idaho State Department on the final stages of her second book, Chef Designed School Breakfast, [...]

Lights, Camera, Action! MyPlate Video Search

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 1:00pm
As registered dietitian nutritionists, we love to see MyPlate in action!  MyPlate was created as a familiar mealtime symbol that helps people learn about choosing a variety of healthy foods within all the food groups.  It is a foundation which can be built upon to reach any audience where they are and in ways most [...]

A Sweet Camp for Native Youth

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:00pm
Many children look forward to gathering pumpkins in the fall. For some Native American children, another well-loved tradition is gathering maple syrup in early spring.  USDA’s National Institute of Food and Nutrition (NIFA) provides grants to support a unique camp where reservation youth can experience their cultural traditions while learning plant science. Maple syrup is [...]

USDA Continues to Expand Local and Regional Market Data

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 9:00pm
Are you in the market for data covering locally and regionally produced agricultural products?  You are not alone.  Consumer demand for local and regional food products continues to soar, with retail sales at an estimated $6.1 billion in 2012.  Thanks to support from the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA Market News created a series of market [...]

Grant it, Food Hubs Mean More Local Food for You

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 9:00pm
Spring is upon us and many local farmers markets are opening with displays of brilliant and vibrant colors. The fresh air has more people talking about and buying local foods. In fact, data from the USDA Economic Research Service suggests that farmers across the country sold an estimated $6.1 billion in locally marketed foods in [...]

How MyPlate Inspired One California Student to Make a Difference on her College Campus

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:00pm
We love hearing success stories from our MyPlate On Campus Ambassadors! Over 3,450 students, representing all 50 states, have signed on to take part in the MyPlate On Campus initiative, USDA’s effort to promote healthy eating on college campuses nationwide through peer-to-peer education. Read below about how one group of passionate students is helping to spread the [...]

Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ State Dinner

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:00pm
Calling all budding chefs! Do you like to cook and make healthy food for your friends and family? If so, you might be able to show off your skills and creativity to the First Lady of the United States and your peers from across the country. Learn more about how you can represent your state [...]

EFNEP: Delivering Nutrition Education to Limited-Resource Families

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 1:00pm
Educators from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories recently met in Arlington, Virginia to discuss local implementation of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), one of the nation’s largest nutrition education programs. Through nutrition education, EFNEP helps limited-resource families and children gain the knowledge and skills to change [...]

Event in the Big Apple is No Small Peanuts

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 1:00pm
You may not see the natural connection between peanut farmers and New York City. However, I recently had the chance to see both worlds collide during a National Peanut Board meeting in the big apple. In addition to the normal items of business, the board also planned some unique peanut-inspired events for New Yorkers. The [...]

Farmers Help Fight Food Waste by Donating Wholesome Food

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 1:00pm
Sometimes Mother Nature and hard work come together to produce a bountiful harvest on the farm.  But what if the grocery store, distributor, or processor that the farmer sells to can’t handle any excess?  Or, what if a percentage of the crop turns out too big, too small, or oddly shaped and no one will [...]

iCook Makes Healthy Living Fun for Kids

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 1:00pm
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the past 30 years, leading to increased risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and breathing problems. Researchers from the University of Maine have developed the 4-H iCook project to tackle this issue in the home. The program encourages families to cook, eat, and [...]

Online Nutrition Resources at Your Fingertips

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 9:00pm
Even if you’re not among the 68 percent of U.S. adults who are overweight or obese, many consumers are striving to get a leg up on their nutritional health. Some of the simplest government facts can inspire consumers to better nutrition. U.S. nutrition experts issue “leading indicators” on the nation’s nutritional health. USDA’s national “What [...]

Celebrate National Nutrition Month with MyPlate at School!

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 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 for encouraging a healthy lifestyle in the classroom. Learn about healthy eating at home, work, and throughout the community here. MyPlate can be used to teach students of all ages [...]

USDA Team Nutrition Grants Promote Healthier Meals for Our Nation’s Schoolchildren

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:00pm
Schools are successfully serving more nutritious meals to America’s students, and healthier meals mean healthier kids. USDA is constantly working to do everything we can to support school nutrition professionals as they work to provide kids the nutrition they need to learn and develop into healthy adults. To further assist schools, USDA announced the availability [...]

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

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:00pm
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 [...]

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