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Take Action: Nutrition Labels

Numbers don’t lie, but sometimes they also don’t tell the whole story.  For that reason, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently unveiled a proposal to update American nutrition labels.  That’s right – the trusty black and white chart appearing on every package in our grocery stores, carefully outlining the number of calories, fat, sodium, and health of each food, is…

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National Nutrition Month: Spice it Up!

It’s National Nutrition Month, and the theme is Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right. This month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants you to enjoy eating right by combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals! Herbs and spices are an excellent way to add flavor to our foods without adding salt, fat or…

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Staying Active in the Winter

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, but have you seen yours lately?  Don’t be surprised if it looks a little different than it did in the summer months – the frigid winter can affect waistlines as much as moods and pocketbooks.   Winter makes it harder to get around as well as get out and move.  So…

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Farm Bill Signed into Law

Last week, President Obama reauthorized and signed the Farm Bill into effect. After months of deliberations and threats of drastic cuts, the bill passed the House and the Senate and moved to the President late last month. Initially, some members of Congress suggested taking away $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), but…

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February: National Snack Month

        February is National Snack Month! While National Snack Month originally started as a marketing scheme for increased sales in February, this month is a great opportunity to remind everyone that HEALTHY snacking is important all year round. Snacking is a good way to keep our energy up, and as an added bonus, it provides us with all…