Eat Smart, Move More

Indoor Exercises To Try At Home

Warm weather invites outdoor recreation and increases physical activities, such as hiking, playing at a local park, or riding bikes. For many people, colder weather has the opposite effect. Over winter, many people are less active, preferring to cozy up on the couch and read or watch tv. One study found that women were inactive… Read more »


Building Strong Families Over Dinner

What do you see when you picture a family dinner in your mind? A home cooked meal served at a dining table, with parents and children discussing the events of the day? In our busy lives, taking the time to sit down together, eat a home cooked meal, and talking with each other can seem out… Read more »


Building a Healthier Sandwich

Sandwiches are a quick and easy meal for busy families. You can customize them to your taste preferences. They’re portable, making them a favorite item in packed lunches for both kids and adults. In fact, on any given day about half of Americans eat sandwiches (which includes burgers, hot dogs, and breakfast biscuits). Unfortunately, the… Read more »


All About Peaches

Fresh peaches are one of the official signs of summer, along with homegrown tomatoes and sweet corn. August is National Peach Month, so visit your local farmers market or grocery store and stock up on these tasty fruits. When you buy in-season, you get the best taste and price.  


Ideas for Eating Smart and Moving More at Family Picnics

Picnics are great family outings for people watching their budgets. They can make your usual dinner a special event with just a little extra planning (but no extra cost!). Practicing good food safety is important for picnics, since you’ll be storing and eating food without the usual refrigeration or cleaning amenities you’re used to in… Read more »


All About Berries

What’s your favorite kind of berry? Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries? I don’t think I could pick just one! Berries are usually a favorite for kids because they’re sweet, colorful, and perfectly bite-sized. Late spring and summer are when locally grown berries are available and most affordable. Fresh berries can be expensive when bought out… Read more »


Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month 2016

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. With the summer growing season kicking into full swing, I can’t think of a better time to focus on eating more fresh fruits and veggies. If you’re like most Americans who don’t eat enough fruits and veggies, this is your reminder to make half your plate fruits… Read more »


Life is Naturally Sweet

Today’s post was written by VT Dietetic Students Emily Rowe, Justin Morello, Cassie Mitchell, and Kira Runkle. Added sugars are not found naturally in foods; they are put into food or beverages when they are processed or prepared. The addition of these sugars increases the number of calories in a food or drink, but provides no… Read more »


Going out on a limb: Trying fruit three different ways!

Today’s post was written by VT Dietetic students Carolyn Greene, Kara Meyer, Emily Myers, Zahra Nomani, and Kallie Pugh. Are you afraid to try new fruits? As a busy parent, adding fruits into your daily routine isn’t always easy. It can be risky to try new fruits for the first time, not knowing if your family… Read more »


A Simple Switch: Choosing Low-Fat Dairy

Hi! Meredith, Kim, Dimple, Kathryn and Anna here! We’re students at Virginia Tech who study Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise and we want to share what we’ve learned about choosing healthier dairy options. With the help of the Family Nutrition Program and what we have learned in class, we all switched to low-fat and fat-free… Read more »