National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You may have seen pink ribbons, pink shirts, or even NFL players’ pink gloves already this month, with many organizations using this promotion to help raise money for breast cancer research. Risk of Developing Breast Cancer Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. (Skin cancer is… Continue Reading National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


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… Continue Reading Fall Veggie Gardening


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… Continue Reading Faces of FNP: Pam W


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… Continue Reading Facebook Milestone


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… Continue Reading National Farmers Market Week 2013


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… Continue Reading Seafood- Delicious and Nutritious