Eat Heart Smart

It’s fitting that we celebrate American Heart Month at the same time as Valentine’s Day. Both holidays honor the health of your heart – physically and emotionally. One of the goals of the Family Nutrition Program is to improve health and prevent chronic diseases, like heart disease. While some risk factors cannot be changed, like… Read more »

Stretching Your Food Budget

A large part of any household’s budget is spent on food. Many people believe that healthy foods are expensive, but it is possible to eat smart on a budget. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) monitors food prices and calculates how much it costs to eat like MyPlate. SNAP benefits are calculated using this… Read more »

Super Snacks for Game Day

Do you have plans for Sunday evening to watch a certain football championship game? If you’re like most Americans, you’ll be chowing down on party snacks and beverages throughout the evening. Game day parties aren’t known for healthy options, but you can still eat smart and enjoy the big game with these snack ideas.

Little Habits to Help You Eat Smart and Move More

Most New Year’s Resolutions are big, life-changing goals, but unfortunately, most people fail to get the results they are hoping for. While there is some evidence that making radical changes to your lifestyle can work, there is also evidence that making small changes can be beneficial, too. And small changes are less intimidating and give… Read more »

How to Cook for a Healthy 2019

The most popular New Year’s Resolutions are related to health – moving more, losing weight, quitting smoking, etc. Although many people know what eating smart means, actually cooking and eating healthy meals each day is not so easy. How do you cook MyPlate meals when you’re short on time and money? Start with the basics… Read more »

Festive Holiday Drinks

Holiday parties are a fun way to celebrate the season and spend time with family and friends. Many people have a special recipe they prepare for these events as part of their holiday traditions. Festive beverages make an appearance at many holiday parties, like eggnog, punch, or holiday cocktails. And as delicious as these can… Read more »

Move More Your Way

Everyone benefits from moving more. Physical activity is one of the most important and beneficial behaviors for your health across the lifespan. The newest version of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans was released recently. It has been updated with more details about the health benefits of physical activity and recommendations for each age group,… Read more »

Eat Smart When Eating Out

Cooking and eating family meals at home is the best way to eat smart. Home cooked meals are generally healthier and cheaper. But eating out is also a large part of our eating habits. About half of the average American’s food dollars are spent on food away from home. About ¼ of our calories come… Read more »

How to Use a Food Thermometer

Food thermometers are one of the most important tools for cooking food safely. Food thermometers are the only way to know if food is cooked to a hot enough temperature to kill bacteria that can make your family sick. Food thermometers can also help make sure you don’t overcook your meat, keeping it juicy and… Read more »

Moving More With Less Daylight

Are you still getting used to the time change? It’s nice to have the sun shining in the morning, but it’s rough to get home after dark each evening. If you’re used to taking a walk in the evenings as a way to be active, it just got harder to commit to maintaining that habit… Read more »