health

Stop Believing These Five Health Myths

Misinformation is everywhere, and the health world is far from immune from it. These are the top five myths that could be keeping you from success in your healthy lifestyle goals:

Healthy Resolutions for Your Body and Mind

The New Year is usually the perfect time to make changes toward a healthier lifestyle. However, this last year was anything but ordinary, and we’re not quite close to getting back to normal. So many of us are facing challenges that make every day more difficult, so it’s understandable if making a resolution to eat… Read more »

Staying Healthy and Happy During the 2020 Holiday Season

The holiday season is a great time to enjoy great food and great company. Our gatherings might look a little different this year, keeping celebrations to only those you live with, so it’s even more important than ever to prioritize your health during these times.

Sneaky Ways Pandemic Stress Affects Your Health

The pandemic has been nothing short of stressful. The uncertainty and anxiety we’re all experiencing is, well, unprecedented (I’m sure we’re all tired of that word). There are many different types of stress you could be experiencing, such as personal stress from isolation, cultural stress from what’s going on in your community, or financial stress… Read more »

Putting the “Pro” in Probiotics

Probiotics are good bacteria and other microorganisms that help our bodies get the most out of our foods during digestion. There are five bacteria and/or yeasts that are considered “good” bacteria, hence the name “probiotic.” The most common probiotics are bifidobacterium, lactobacillus, and saccharomyces boulardii, which is a yeast. These microbiome bacteria and yeast balance… Read more »

Kids and Screen Time: When is enough, enough?

Moving away from Screens When it comes to your kids, it’s important to make sure that they don’t spend too much time on screens. Too much screen use can decrease the amount of physical activity that your kids need on a daily basis. It can also take away from the amount of time that your… Read more »

Don’t Fall for the Fads

We’re seeing a bunch of messages online about using this time at home to focus on recommitting to your health. There is also an alarming number of advertisements and online messaging about fad diets that highlight dramatic weight loss programs. While they may yield quick results, fad diets often promote unhealthy and sometimes downright dangerous… Read more »

Healthy Food or Healthy Diet?

Sometimes our efforts to eat smart miss the forest for the trees. We spend a lot of time wondering if individual foods are healthy. But we don’t always pay the same attention to our overall diet pattern. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate have helped to shift the focus from nutrients and food groups to… Read more »

How FNP Helps Feed VA

In honor of Feed VA Day of Action, we’re highlighting Virginia Family Nutrition Program’s educators who take action every day as they empower Virginians to make good food choices, work to eliminate food deserts and strive to end hunger in our state. Our Program Assistants, SNAP-Ed Agents and volunteers work with individuals and families by… Read more »

Reducing Screen Time

If your family is like most Americans, you and your children spend a lot of time looking at screens – watching TV to unwind, checking social media, using a computer at work, playing video games, etc. In fact, most people spend 7-11 hours a day viewing various screens. Some of those activities are necessary, like… Read more »