Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • Partnering with Faith-Based and Community Organizations to Better Serve People in Need

    By Norah Deluhery, Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships -- At USDA we work through partnerships to provide opportunities to people in need. Through relationships with both faith-based and secular community organizations, we are able to achieve our shared goals representative of America’s core values of caring for each other, including making sure that every family and every child is healthy and hunger free.
  • Agosto 5 2015
    By Sarah Widor, WIC Program Integrity Branch Chief, Food and Nutrition Service -- For more than 40 years, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has provided supplemental foods and nutrition services vital to the health and nutrition of vulnerable moms, newborns and young children.
  • Agosto 4 2015
    By Amanda D. Heitkamp, Public Affairs, Food and Nutrition Service -- WIC works.  But don’t just take it from us.  For more than four decades, WIC has helped produce better pregnancy results, such as increased birth weights and fewer premature births for our nation’s most vulnerable.  And it’s these critical outcomes at the start of life that shape a healthier future for millions of the program’s beneficiaries.
  • Agosto 3 2015
    >By Amanda Heitkamp, Public Affairs, Food and Nutrition Service -- Fighting hunger and improving the health of those who receive nutrition assistance can require creative measures. So as we celebrate USDA’s 16th annual National Farmers Market Week, it’s important to remember the multitude of benefits farmers markets can offer our nation’s struggling families.
  • Agosto 3 2015
    Guest Blog by Joan Younger Meek, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding -- Breastfeeding is the most beneficial way a mother can nourish her baby. Breastfed infants have reduced risk of infections, asthma, obesity, diabetes, certain childhood cancers, and SIDS, compared with formula fed infants. In addition to its nutritional benefits, breastfeeding supports the baby’s developing immune system and helps to protect against respiratory and intestinal infections.
  • Agosto 3 2015
    By Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack -- We know that making sure our children have access to a good education and nutritious food helps put them on a path to success. Building a strong foundation for our nation’s youth means ensuring they have all the tools in place to grow up healthy and strong.
  • Julio 13 2015
    By Elaine McLaughlin, Nutritionist, CNPP -- Just in time for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion and National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, are co-publishing a new resource, “Choosing Healthy Meals as You Get Older: 10 Healthy Eating Tips for People Age 65+” to provide practical advice about enjoying healthy meals no matter what your age.
  • Julio 13 2015
    By Hans Billger, Public Affairs Specialist, FNS -- Reducing sodium in school meals is an important part of a broader effort to scale back sodium intake for all Americans. To that end, our nation’s school nutrition professionals are actively working to lower the sodium content in our children’s meals during the school day.
  • Julio 9 2015
    Guest Blog by Chef Greg Silverman, Wellness in Schools -- This year, as school came to a close, the kids at PS145/West Prep Academy in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood were feeling healthier, more fit, and more focused, thanks to two programs offered through Wellness in the Schools (WITS), a non-profit organization dedicated to making public schools healthier places to learn and grow.
  • Julio 2 2015
    Last week, the top kid chefs from the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge were announced, and students across the country are Cooking up Change and getting connected to school food. The CheckOut MyPlate Video Search provided another opportunity for kids to showcase their creative thoughts and ideas about food and health.