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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • January 23 2015
    The California Almond Marketing Order enables the Almond Board of California to conduct nutritional research about the benefits of eating almonds. Their innovative research and development projects that fuel cutting-edge marketing efforts have helped California’s almond yield quadruple in the past 30 years. Photo Courtesy of Healthaliciousness. Thanks to the Pistachio Marketing Order, the industry has increased its standing. Since its development in 2004 up through the 2012-2013 season, the volume of inshell pistachios has increased from 165 million pounds in a production year to 385 million...
  • December 18 2014
    By Jessica Larson, Nutritionist, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion -- Who doesn’t want to have a little fun with their food? Especially if you have a picky eater at home, try adding a creative flair to the plate to boost a healthy meal’s fun factor. Our team of nutritionists has been having fun using cookie cutters to come up with creative, healthy ideas, but there are lots of easy ways to make healthy choices more appealing.
  • December 16 2014
    By Sasha Bard, Nutritionist, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion -- You’re never too old to play with your food! This winter, while the kids are home from school and family and friends gather together, you can experiment with ways to make healthy foods festive and fun. This blog shows how we created a snowy scene using foods from all five of the MyPlate food groups.
  • December 5 2014
    By Lindsay Walle, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Food Distribution Division -- Cooking knowledge, proper planning, and access to healthy foods are essential ingredients to healthy diets.  I witnessed this firsthand when I traveled to the food distribution center of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, one of the 20 Indian Tribal Organizations that received funding in 2014 from USDA’s Food Distribution Program Nutrition Education (FDPNE) grants.  
  • December 3 2014
    By Ellen Parker, Executive Director, Project Bread -- At Project Bread, it is our belief that the opposite of hungry is not simply full, but healthy. We constantly strive to ensure that every person, across Massachusetts, has consistent access to fresh, healthy foods that meet their needs. And ensuring children have access to healthy meals in school is a major part of that.
  • December 1 2014
    By Audrey Rowe, Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service & Angela Tagtow, Executive Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion -- The busy holiday season has begun and families everywhere are starting to plan ahead.  If you’re looking for easy to make, nutritious family meals that you can cook quickly on a tight budget, USDA is here to help with a new web tool, called What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl. 
  • December 1 2014
    By Kate Wobbekind, Program Coordinator, Office of Food and Nutrition Services, District of Columbia -- The need to serve healthy meals to the 47,000 students in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is not just a requirement but an opportunity. Eight out of 10 students in our schools are eligible to receive free and reduced priced meals through the National School Lunch, and all of our students receive free breakfast through the School Breakfast Programs thanks to the D.C. Healthy Schools Act of 2010. In some parts of our city, the entire school eats a free meal during the school day...
  • November 20 2014
    By Jessica Shahin, Associate Administrator for SNAP -- SNAP continues to serve as the first line of defense against hunger in the United States. Half a century ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964, making the Food Stamp Program (FSP), which at the time was a series of pilot projects, permanent. Despite the post-World War II economic boom felt by many Americans, some rural and urban areas of the country experienced extreme poverty as well as limited access to nutritious, affordable food.   The Food Stamp Act of 1964 was an important component in President Johnson...
  • November 14 2014
    By Kevin Concannon, Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services -- Last month, schools all across the nation celebrated National School Lunch Week, honoring the importance of healthy meals to education.  I was able to join in one of these celebrations right here in the national Capital area, and the great things I saw at Takoma Park (Md.) Middle School are still fresh in my mind.
  • November 13 2014
    By Katie Wilson, PhD, SNS Executive Director National Food Service Management Institute, The University of Mississippi -- Team Up for School Nutrition Success is an exciting new initiative of collaboration between USDA and the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) providing a peer to peer mentoring program for school nutrition directors. This first pilot in the Southeast Region includes over 100 attendees invited to discuss challenges, identify best practices, and learn about free resources available to them from a variety of allied organizations.