Budget-Friendly Meal Plan

Are you trying to stretch your food budget but having a hard time pulling together low-cost, easy to make recipes into a weekly menu? If you read our previous post on Stretching Your Food Budget you already know some strategies to cut food costs. However, just reading these tips can be a lot easier than… Read more »

Nutrition Basics of Fat

In our previous post about the 6 Basic Nutrients, we gave a short description of the macronutrient fat. Today, we’ll go into more detail about the different types of fat, the functions of fat in the body, sources of fat in our diets, and some information about different diets that focus on fat intake.

Realistic Weight Management Strategies

Often our efforts to eat smart and move more are in pursuit of other goals, especially weight loss. In fact, the CDC found that half of all Americans, especially women, report attempting to lose weight in the past year. This makes sense considering that our nation’s weight has gone steadily up over the last several… Read more »

Healthy Lifestyles in Bloom

Yesterday was the first official day of spring and we’re beginning to see signs of warmer weather on the way. The grass is greening up, trees are beginning to bud and bloom, and birds are returning from their winter migrations. And as the natural world begins to wake back up, it’s the perfect time for… Read more »

The Six Basic Nutrients

In honor of National Nutrition Month, we’re going to get down to the basics of nutrition and talk about the different types of nutrients and what they do in our bodies. This will be the first in a series of posts about each nutrient our bodies need to function. So while we normally focus on… Read more »

Move More for Strong Hearts

Ever wonder why we use the term “cardio” when talking about exercise? Cardio is short for cardiovascular exercise, which we now call aerobic exercise or activity. We call it cardiovascular exercise because of how these types of activities affect cardiorespiratory fitness, which is how well your heart, lungs, and muscles function during activity. Having good… Read more »

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 & 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 »