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Last Modified: 03/21/2012
  • December 16 2013
    Julie’s Cranberry Chutney The MyPlate Team continues to share “Makeover Monday” recipes each week on the USDA blog and the MyPlate Facebook page through January 6th. We love serving cranberry sauce as a sweet side with our holiday meals — but, traditional cranberry sauce can be a little too sweet. This year we decided to try something new – cranberry chutney. This recipe for cranberry chutney was simple to prepare — all the ingredients go in one pot, and cook for about 30 minutes. And, to save time during the busy holiday season, it can be made 2-3 days in advance. My cranberry chutney is...
  • December 12 2013
    DC United Mascot Talon helped us promote MyPlate and the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition. The DC United Soccer Club held its “Fall Kick” a couple weeks ago and I was happy to attend and help them mark the end of the fall season. The “Fall Kick” brought together youth ages 6-12 from across the District and Maryland to RFK stadium making it a perfect event to reach out to the local community and spread FNCS’ message of good nutrition and physical activity. The event featured tournament style matches, DC United players and mascot Talon, music, and educational games...
  • December 11 2013
    The following OpEd was posted by Huffington Post this afternoon: No one should go hungry in America, and certainly no child should go hungry, especially at the holidays. We know kids who have access to proper nutrition and develop healthy habits at an early age have a competitive advantage in the classroom and later in life. Without easy access to healthy food, kids have a harder time growing up healthy, strong and ready for the workforce. That’s why nutrition safety net programs like SNAP, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and school meals...
  • December 11 2013
    Nutricionistas del WIC discuten opciones de alimentos saludables con participantes y niños Los programas de nutrición del USDA (por siglas en inglés) proveen acceso a una dieta saludable a millones de americanos elegibles para las ayudas cada mes. Ya sea en escuelas, centros comunitarios o en casas de todo el país, estos programas trabajan en conjunto como una red de seguridad nutritiva para asegurar que ningún americano que cualifique pase hambre. Considero que la nutrición suplementar para mujeres, infantes y niños, mejor conocida como WIC (por sus siglas en inglés)  es un programa...
  • December 11 2013
    WIC nutritionists discuss healthy food choices with program participants and children. USDA’s nutrition assistance programs provide access to a healthy diet for millions of eligible Americans each month. Whether in schools, community feeding sites, or in households across the country, they comprise a nutrition safety net to ensure that no eligible American goes hungry. In my opinion the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as “WIC,” is indeed a special program. It provides supplemental foods to our most vulnerable — infants, pregnant,...
  • December 9 2013
    Eve’s Tasty Turkey Tetrazzini The MyPlate Team continues to share “Makeover Monday” recipes each week on the USDA blog and the MyPlate Facebook page through January 6th. Our family loves the savory flavors of traditional holiday meals. However, after a few rounds of leftovers, it’s great to be able to mix things up with a new twist on the leftover turkey. It’s an added bonus that after all the hustle and bustle, this recipe is an easy, one-dish meal that the whole family will enjoy. My original Turkey Tetrazzini recipe created a creamy pasta dish that was made with plenty of butter and half-...
  • December 4 2013
    A new op-ed, regarding hunger and the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was pushed this afternoon on the Huffington Post.   Last week, I wrote about the continued need for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), particularly in the wake of the automatic benefit cuts that began on November 1. It is fortunately the time of year when people give generously to food banks and food pantries, but they are unable to fully meet the need in their communities, particularly if the program were to suffer deeper cuts. Over the holiday weekend, I saw heart-wrenching...
  • December 3 2013
    Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park, California (USDA-NRCS photo by Ron Nichols). 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. An award-winning watershed assessment tool, the Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment (AGWA), was deployed to assess potential Rim Fire threats in Yosemite National Park in California.  The park experienced a devastating fire that began on August 17, 2013, and took several months to contain. The fire burned more than 400 square...
  • December 3 2013
    NRCS joins others to celebrate World Soil Day on Dec. 5. In the minds of many, a freshly tilled field is picturesque – clean and ready for the next planting. But according to a soil health expert, what looks good to the eye, isn’t always good for the soil – or a farmer’s bottom line. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is celebrating World Soil Day on Thursday, Dec. 5 to share the importance of healthy soils and how farmers and ranchers can help care for it through conservation practices like no-till. When soil is heavily tilled, the stalks from the previous crop are chopped, and...
  • December 3 2013
    Although birch trees can’t literally walk, warming temperatures are causing a gradual migration of these and other tree and plant species to northern or higher elevation climates. USDA photo. With large areas of our planet heating up because of climate change, some trees (and plants) are pulling up roots and heading north, to higher elevations and to cooling climes—well, sort of. A U.S. Forest Service-led study suggests there are a few dozen tree species in the eastern U.S. that are moving north at an unexpected rate. “For some plants and trees, moving north is real and their only chance for...

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