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Farmers Market Managers: Update or Add Your Listing to the National Directory

USDA FNS Blog - Vie, 04/04/2014 - 7:24pm
Located in Virginia’s horse country, just an hour outside of Washington, DC, is the historic town of Middleburg. Deeply embedded in the town’s roots is a vibrant agricultural sector that is the driving force behind this small community’s success. Each Saturday morning from the spring through the fall, you can find a variety of fresh [...]

Secretary’s Column: USDA Science You Can See

USDA FNS Blog - Vie, 04/04/2014 - 12:44pm
While most people have a mental image of research that involves scientists in lab coats, bubbling test tubes and beakers, and technical language that can seem complex, much of the groundbreaking research conducted by USDA scientists actually ends up on your plate, in your home, or on your back. Their discoveries in the lab truly [...]

Coming Together to Improve Human Nutrition

USDA FNS Blog - Mar, 04/01/2014 - 6:28pm
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 the USDA’s rich science and research portfolio. During the month of April we will take a closer look at USDA’s Groundbreaking Research for a Revitalized Rural America, highlighting ways USDA [...]

MyPlate On Rutgers Campus

USDA FNS Blog - Lun, 03/31/2014 - 6:23pm
The MyPlate On Campus initiative, USDA’s effort to promote healthy eating on college campuses nationwide through peer-to-peer education, launched 1 year ago. In that time, nearly 2,000 students, representing all 50 states, have joined the cause by becoming MyPlate On Campus Ambassadors. It has been exciting to watch it grow and see the creative ways [...]

Grandparents Help Kids Develop Good Eating Habits

USDA FNS Blog - Lun, 03/31/2014 - 12:21pm
Grandkids are a grandparent’s greatest treasure.  From time to time during grandchildren’s young lives, grandparents may have the pleasure of being their caregiver.  Show them how to be healthy, including how to make healthy food choices–an important way grandparents show how much they love and care about their grandchildren. As a proud grandmother, I can [...]

USDA Foods Get Even Greener

USDA FNS Blog - Vie, 03/28/2014 - 6:11pm
St. Patrick’s Day might be over, but at USDA we’re still sporting our green.  That’s because of the success of one food in particular—a vegetable underdog: broccoli!  As one of the newest additions to the USDA Foods lineup, AMS purchased 6.87 million pounds (nearly $7.6 million) of broccoli during FY 2013, and FY 2014 purchasing [...]

Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Recipe Contest

USDA FNS Blog - Vie, 03/28/2014 - 12:09pm
Who will represent your state at the 3rd Annual White House Kids’ State Dinner?  It could be your child showing off his or her creativity and culinary talents in front of the First Lady and people from around the country.  First Lady Michelle Obama, the USDA, the U.S. Department of Education, and Epicurious have once again [...]

On the Path to New Dietary Guidance Recommendations

USDA FNS Blog - Jue, 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

USDA FNS Blog - Jue, 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

USDA FNS Blog - Jue, 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

USDA FNS Blog - Jue, 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

USDA FNS Blog - Mié, 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

USDA FNS Blog - Mié, 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)

USDA FNS Blog - Mié, 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

USDA FNS Blog - Mar, 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

USDA FNS Blog - Mar, 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 ChooseMyPlate.gov!  These new 10 Tips provide accurate, informative [...]

Why You Should Know the Name Norman Borlaug

USDA FNS Blog - Mar, 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

USDA FNS Blog - Vie, 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

USDA FNS Blog - Vie, 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

USDA FNS Blog - Vie, 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 [...]

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