Fall Veggie Gardening

Today, I have a special treat for you. Our lovely Cooking Coach and Gardening Guru, Meredith has a great post about how to keep your garden going into cooler weather. (If you haven’t already, check out our introduction to Meredith and her great work with the Family Nutrition Program.) Kids are off to school, apples… Read more »

 

Build a Better Pantry Part 1: Non-Perishable Food

Welcome to the first of our new blog series, Build a Better Pantry. The purpose of this is to help you 1- Create a list of food to keep on hand and 2- Cook quick and easy meals from these basic ingredients. An added bonus to having a Better Pantry is saving money by stocking… Read more »

 

Prevent Diabetes by Eating Smart, Moving More and Slimming Down

I just ran across a new study today (see a video about the results here) about preventing diabetes. It found that eating whole fruit, in particular blueberries, grapes and apples, at least twice a week reduced the risk of developing diabetes. On the flipside, drinking fruit juice once a day or more increased the risk of… Read more »

 

Faces of FNP: Pam W

For our very first Faces of FNP profile, I will be introducing you to Pam W, winner of July’s FNP Facebook Engagement Challenge and FNP Program Assistant in Prince William County. Pam is loving her Facebook page because she is able to reach more people and it makes her feel like what she is doing… Read more »

 

Facebook Milestone

Wow, what an exciting week it has been for me. Just yesterday, we hit our 200th like on Facebook. While we are nowhere close to the 1,568 likes of our parent organization Virginia Cooperative Extension, we are slowly but surely on our way. If you haven’t already, take a moment to go like our page… Read more »

 

Keeping Local Food Affordable

This is an optional lesson used in Virginia to teach our clients how to use SNAP benefits at a farmers market. Leaders Guide: Keeping local food affordable Powerpoint:

 

National Farmers Market Week 2013

Two weeks ago, I introduced you to our Farmers Market Cooking Coach, Meredith, and explained what FNP does to help our clients better access local foods. This week, I wanted to touch on why and how to use Farmers Markets. Why Shop at Farmers Markets? Nutrition– You’ll find fresh, local, seasonal food at your local… Read more »

 

Seafood- Delicious and Nutritious

What’s the first thing that pops in your mind when thinking about why you should eat seafood? I bet it’s Omega-3 fatty acids. These special fats are “essential” for good health, meaning we must get them from our diet because our bodies cannot make them. Seafood happens to be the best source of these special… Read more »

 

FNP at the Farmers Market

To give you a better idea of the many ways that FNP helps people Eat Smart and Move More, I wanted to talk about one of our newer projects, the Food Security Program. Meredith has been working very hard over the last year and a half to increase SNAP recipients’ access to local foods. Partnering… Read more »

 

Flex Those Muscles- Strength Training for Better Health

Recommendations As you begin to Move More, you may wonder what types of activities you should be doing to get the most benefits for your health. While walking everyday (an easy, free aerobic activity) will help you meet the general physical activity guidelines, experts recommend adding muscle strengthening activities for even greater benefits. CDC Muscle… Read more »