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 »


Why Take the Farmers Market SNAP Challenge?

Food insecurity is a growing concern in the United States. One in seven Americans have struggled to put food on the table at some point during the year (ERS, 2013). Food assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), help by providing funds to purchase food. However, as the… Read more »


Food Safety 101

It’s been a while since we’ve talked food safety here. It may not be glamorous but it’s important for keeping our families healthy and avoiding preventable illnesses. Food poisoning is no fun for anyone. In school, the more I learned about food borne illnesses, my “germaphobe” tendencies kicked in, and the more freaked out I… Read more »


How to Make Snack Time Healthy?

Today’s post was written by Theresa Gilson, DTR, Dietetic Intern. Snack time can be challenging. Sometimes it is easier to grab that bag of potato chips than to search for a healthy alternative. What type of snacks does your family like to eat? How many snacks do you or your kids eat each day? What… Read more »


Facts & Benefits of Reading a Nutrition Label

Today’s post was written by Theresa Gilson, DTR, Dietetic Intern. Why do people read nutrition labels? What are the main things you look for when reading a nutrition label? When grocery shopping, it’s difficult to keep in mind all the items you need to focus on when reading a food label. Use the sample Nutrition Facts… Read more »