Family Meals Matter: Farm to school fun
October is Farm to School Month! When fully implemented, farm to school programs make healthy eating easier by bringing locally sourced and produced foods to school cafeterias while incorporating food literacy and nutrition education.
From school gardens to agricultural assemblies like Mobile Dairy Classroom, farm to school programs improve the health of children and communities while supporting local farmers, local agriculture and local economies.
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Family Meals Matter: Add more fruits and veggies to family meals
September is "Fruits and Veggies: More Matters" month, dedicated to helping families meet their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains and dairy foods, are listed as food groups to encourage in the latest Dietary Guidelines.
More than 90 percent of adults and children fail to meet the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. To see how your diet measures up, use the Healthy Eating Planner
Family Meals Matter: September is Hunger Action Month
Food insecurity is a real problem for families across the country. One in five children struggles with hunger in America. September Hunger Action Month is a nationwide campaign by Feeding America to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger.
For many hungry families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the National School Lunch Program can go a long way to bridge the hunger gap, but when money runs tight and shelves are bare near ...
Family Meals Matter: Healthy meals, happy families
During the busy back-to-school season, spending time together and sharing a healthy meal will go a long way towards keeping your family connected. Family meals are also an opportunity to role model healthy habits. As September is National Childhood Obesity Month, it's a great opportunity for parents to make sure they're providing healthy, balanced meals.
If you're not sure how your own eating habits measure up, use the free Healthy Eating Planner to review your eating habits to make sure ...
Family Meals Matter: Pack leftovers for healthy lunches
Many schools across the country are either back in session or quickly approaching the start of the school year. For families, this means getting back into the routine of packing lunches or setting aside money for the school foodservice line.
Packing lunches that include foods from all five food groups can be easy if you plan on making double batches of dinner items. While this week we're featuring a batch of double-duty dinner and lunch recipes, find more lunch ...
Planning is key to healthy meals for the whole family
By Parul Kharod | Correspondent
It’s that time of the year again! Kids are back in school, and parents are back to the struggles of what to eat on busy days.
Let’s talk about strategies to help the whole family eat right.
Plan your shopping
It is easy to fall into the trap of buying pre-packaged products for convenience. There are plenty of messages from the food companies to make you think that you are making the right choice. Statements such as “get two full ...
Family Meals Matter: Kitchen duties help kids get back in learning mode
Getting kids involved in the kitchen is one of the easiest ways to ease back into the learning routine. Toddlers can help by tearing lettuce or scrubbing potatoes. Talk about the colors of foods, different food groups or even use food items to do basic counting. School-aged children can help measure, pour, sift and stir ingredients. Middle school and junior high aged kids can chop and use the stove with adult supervision.
Reading recipes can reinforce language arts and ...
Family Meals Matter: Low and no-cook recipes perfect for summertime
"Summertime and the livin' is easy. Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high..." goes the famous song from the Gershwin musical "Porgy and Bess." This week's recipe selection is designed to keep the living as easy and healthy as possible with low and no-cook recipes perfect for summer.
We're not quite sure about the cotton, but the fish are definitely jumping for a featured family meal of Baked Parmesan Tomatoes, Apple Tuna Sandwiches and Frozen Chocolate-Peanut ...
Kids and food
BY SHELLY WEGMAN, Correspondent
We feed children to nourish them and as an act of bonding.
But it’s important to distinguish between your responsibility as the provider of food and the child’s responsibility as the eater of the food, and to help them form a healthy, normal relationship with food.
Food should be fun and satisfying, not used as a reward or punishment. And eating shouldn’t be a battle of wills. Generally speaking, children will eat if they’re hungry ...