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

 

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… Continue Reading FNP at the Farmers Market

 

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 and supplements like those on the… Continue Reading Flex Those Muscles- Strength Training for Better Health

 

Goal Setting: Roadmap to Change

Goal setting is an important tool for changing your lifestyle. SMART Goals are a formula to create an effective plan of action to produce a desired result. In other words, SMART Goals are the directions that take you from where you are to where you want to go. So why are they called SMART? The… Continue Reading Goal Setting: Roadmap to Change

 

Fueling Up For Fitness

Much like gas in a car, food gives our bodies fuel for energy, growth and development. And in keeping with the automobile theme, athletes, like fancy sports cars, need the right fuel for optimal performance. There are three types of nutrients that provide the body with energy: carbohydrates, protein and fat. Our bodies rely mainly… Continue Reading Fueling Up For Fitness

 

Gardening for Health and Wealth

Last week, we talked about seasonal foods. This week, I wanted to tell you about the best source of affordable, nutritious, local, seasonal foods: a garden! For the price of a pound of tomatoes, you can use your SNAP benefits to buy a tomato plant. That plant will produce many pounds of tomatoes over its… Continue Reading Gardening for Health and Wealth

 

Seasonal Produce- The Best Value for Your Money and Health

If you follow the Family Nutrition Program on Facebook or Twitter, you have no doubt heard that buying produce in season can save you money. Produce that is in season is also more flavorful and higher in nutrients.