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Do you dread meal planning? Or have trouble coming up with different meal ideas each week? I love food, cooking, and recipe hunting, but there are times when I draw a complete blank on what to eat that week. And we all know that it’s next to impossible to eat smart, shop on a budget,… Read more »


5 Tips Keep Your Resolution Motivation Going

The tradition of New Years Resolutions inspires many people to vow to Eat Smart, Move More, or Slim Down. But after the thrill of the new year starts to wear off, so does the motivation to keep working on those resolutions. If you want to see your efforts really pay off, you have to keep… Read more »


Create Healthy Holiday Traditions

Health didn’t used to be a priority at my family’s holiday celebrations. But over the years, some of us developed health problems, some of us wanted to live healthier, and one of us studied nutrition. And little by little, our family celebrations started to change. We started going for a walk after meals. A big… Read more »


Holidays Make It Harder, But You Can Still Eat Smart & Move More!

It may not be swimsuit season, but the holidays are still prime time for focusing on losing weight, even though it’s perhaps the worst time of year for it. This year, instead of trying to lose weight, make healthy lifestyle choices your priority. You have a better chance of success and it will help cut… Read more »


Worlds Healthiest Diet?

The evidence keeps building about the Mediterranean Diet and its health benefits. The Mediterranean Diet has been linked with reduced risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke, cancer, and dementia. The newest study about the Mediterranean Diet shows that it can help keep our cells healthy and protect us against early death. It’s safe… Read more »


FNP Holiday Tips for Eating Smart and Moving More

We just got past Halloween, but the holiday temptations of sugar, second helpings, and sitting too much are only growing as we approach Thanksgiving. The good news is that this year, FNP can help you make smarter choices to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle goals.


Happy and Healthy Halloween!

Halloween is such a fun time of year, for kids and adults alike. The creative costumes, the spooky decorations, and of course the bags full of candy make Halloween a very popular holiday. But that last one, the bags full of sugary candy, also makes Halloween the start of a tricky time of year to… Read more »


Farmers Market SNAP Challenge Resources

Why would I want to voluntarily cut back to a bare bones food budget? How in the world can I eat healthy for so little money? What makes this a Farmers Market SNAP Challenge? How does this affect me? These are some common questions you might be asking yourself as you consider or plan for the Farmers Market… Read more »


Farmers Market SNAP Challenge Guidelines

Take the Farmers Market SNAP Challenge Sign Up for the Farmers Market SNAP Challenge Join the discussion on social media using #fmSNAPchallenge. Attend the SNAP Challenge Social at the Blacksburg Farmers Market. Support the Blacksburg Farmers Market SNAP Incentive Program or your favorite hunger relief organization. You can specify your donation to support the Blacksburg Farmers… Read more »


Fall Fruits and Veggies Recipe Round-Up

The first day of fall was this week and already the weather is beginning to change. The nights are cooler and the days are noticeably shorter. As sad as I am to see summer go, I am excited about all of my favorite fall foods- apples, pumpkins, winter squash, cranberries, etc. What fall foods are… Read more »