Celebrate National Garden Month

Spring is here and April has been declared National Garden Month! That means it’s time to get our hands dirty and plant a garden. Even if you don’t have a big, sunny yard, you can still get the benefits of growing your own food. Container gardens are great for small spaces. And some plants grow… Read more »


Less Wasted Food, Less Wasted Money

Wasting food is like throwing money in the trash. USDA estimates that 31% of all the food in the United States gets thrown away. It’s important to avoid wasting food as much as possible for those of us on tight budgets so that we get the most nutrition from our food purchases. And reducing the… Read more »


Faces of FNP – Tia P.

It is my pleasure to introduce you all to one of our very accomplished Program Assistants, Tia P. Tia is a fixture of her community in Greensville/Emporia and Southampton, VA, where she has been teaching both youth and adults how to Eat Smart and Move More on a budget for the last four years.


Can’t Find the Willpower to Eat Smart & Move More?

Many people think that changing their behavior to live a healthier lifestyle takes lots of willpower. But they’re only half right. Willpower is what gets us started, but habit or a new term I like “skillpower,” is what keeps you going.


Little Dippers Eat More Fruits and Veggies

It’s no secret that getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables is a tough job, for parents, schools, and nutrition education programs like us. There are a lot of reasons why, but today we’ll focus on taste. While fruits are naturally sweet, vegetables tend to have stronger, sometimes bitter flavors that kids don’t like.… Read more »


Meal Planning Help for the Busy Family

Do you struggle with meal planning? Do you prepare meals for your family or just yourself? Whether you are cooking for one or more, meal planning is a skill that takes practice be learned. Even if you know how to plan and shop in advance, it still requires something precious and costly – your time.


Winter Fruits and Veggies Recipe Round-Up

Despite the cold, snowy weather we’ve been having, there is still locally grown produce in season! Farmers use season extending techniques, like greenhouses and high tunnels, to keep their cold-hardy vegetables protected from the elements. And many crops can be stored to enjoy all winter long. What’s in Season in Winter? Winter Produce Recipes Orange… Read more »


Show Your Heart Some Love by Eating Smart and Moving More

Valentines Day isn’t the only holiday in February. It’s also American Heart Month, which helps raise awareness of heart disease and prevention. Since heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, we should all be interested in healthy lifestyle choices we can make to protect our hearts. Thankfully, showing your heart some love… Read more »


You Can Change Your Body!

Hi there! My name is Julie Knopp and I am a Dietetic Intern at Virginia Tech, working this month with the Family Nutrition Program. I would like to talk to you about something near and dear to my heart: Exercise. Physical activity. How do you feel when you hear those words? Do you feel a sense… Read more »


Richmond Project Brings Local Foods to Food Desert

Recently, we had the pleasure of visiting an inspiring project in Richmond bringing fresh, local foods into an area of the city that is a food desert. The 31st Street Baptist Church has been working to feed the hungry in their community for years, starting with a community meal site and growing to include a… Read more »