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Make Family Meals a Tradition

Family Meals Times Make Family Meals a Tradition Issue 2 - FN1527

A family tradition has been defined as an activity that is significant and meaningful for family members and is coordinated and repeated through time. Building family traditions that last and have personal meaning for family members helps build strong family relations.

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Sports Supplements

Sports Supplements: Play the Game Right - FN1399

An athlete usually needs to increase his/her energy intake compared with the energy used. Athletes also require more water, protein, vitamins and minerals (especially iron and calcium). Before you stock up on these expensive helpers, remember that just eating more nutritious food usually is cheaper and easier.

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Activities to Promote Health

Activities to Promote Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Habits Among Children - FN692

These activities provide a way for teachers and volunteer educators to reinforce nutrition and fitness concepts for children in classrooms, after-school programs or club settings –and have fun, too! Most of the activities in this publication require little time, preparation or equipment. Most can be modifi ed to fi t the knowledge and skills of a variety of age groups.

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Balance Between Food and Physical Activity

Exploring MyPlate Find Your Balance Between Food and Physical Activity - FN721

Do you consider yourself to be physically active? You probably are more active than you think. According to the MyPlate recommendations at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov, being physically active is “movement of the body that uses energy.” Calories are units of energy. You use up calories when you are active. The more time and intensity you put into an activity, the more calories you burn.

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Meals with Help from Kids!

Now Serving: Meals with Help from Kids - FN705

An increasing number of children and teenagers are eating more meals and snacks away from their home and family. They may be choosing unhealthy ready-to-eat food options rather than spending time preparing a healthy snack or meal – and eating with their families. Encouraging children and teenagers to cook can build healthy lifestyle skills, creativity and healthy food choices. You also are helping them form good eating behaviors that will last a lifetime.

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Basic Cooking Skills Help Keep Family Meals on the Table

Family Meal Times Issue 7:Basic Cooking Skills Help Keep Family Meals on the Table - FN1532

Research shows that families with cooking skills are more likely to make healthier food choices.

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Feeding a Family on Budget

Family Meal Times: Feeding a Family on a Thrifty Budget Issue 8 - FN1533

You can provide your family with nutritious, tasty and simple meals, even when times are tough. The tips here may help you stretch your budget.

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Grocery Shopping Tips, Menus and Recipes

Now Serving: Tasty, Healthful Meals on a Budget Week 2: Grocery Shopping Tips, Menus and Recipes - FN1384

Menu planning can help you serve your family healthier meals and it can help you save money at the grocery store. After Planning your menus, the next step is developing a grocery list so you have all the necessary foods for each meal. This is the second in a series of publications to help you eat well but spend less at the grocery store. It includes grocery shopping tips, sample menus and recipes that you can adapt to meet your family's tastes.

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Meal Planning Tips, Menus and Recipes

Now Serving: Tasty, Healthful Meals on a Budget Week 1: Meal Planning Tips, Menus and Recipes - FN1383

Planning menus, buying food and fixing meals your family likes can be challenging tasks. Staying within your food budget can add to the challenge. This is the first in a series of publications to help you eat well but spend less at the grocery store. It includes sample menus that you can adapt to meet your family's tastes.

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Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut: From Garden to Table - FN433

Making sauerkraut is often part of introductory classes in microbiology. To avoid a "science experiment gone wrong" at home, follow the recommendations in this publication from garden to table.

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Keep Yourself Tuned Up with Good Nutrition

Quick Facts for Men: Keep Yourself Tuned Up with Good Nutrition - FN1428

Your body and your vehicle have one very important thing in common: They both need to be maintained. This publication will show you the best way to keep your body running smoothly.

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Well-measured Recipes!

Now Serving: Well-Measured Recipes - FN707

Family meals promote family togetherness. Family meals provide a time to share what is going on in each other’s lives and enjoy a nutritious meal. Families who eat together are more likely to have more balanced meals. Preparing the meal is an important part of mealtime. Have children help in every aspect of the preparation, from choosing the menu to setting the table to making the meal. Including children in the preparation can lead to lifelong knowledge and memories.

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Shopping for Family Meals

Now Serving: Shopping for Family Meals - FN693

Enjoying more family meals takes a little planning, but it’s worth the effort. Children who eat with their families do better in school, are less likely to take part in risky behavior (such as smoking and drinking alcohol) and are less likely to have symptoms of depression. Children who eat more family meals have an overall healthier diet, compared with children who eat fewer family meals. They eat more fruits, vegetables, grains and calcium-rich foods, and they drink fewer soft drinks. Enjoy more family meals by taking some time to plan your menus and your shopping trips. Involve your family in menu planning, shopping, preparation and cleanup. Children can learn valuable life skills, such as cooking and communication skills, when helping in the kitchen. They learn to appreciate a variety of foods as they help plan and shop for meals.

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Family Meals Matter

Family Meals Times Family Meals Matter Issue 1 - FN1526

Making regular family meals a priority is important. Not every meal has to be a sit-down dinner extravaganza. This publication gives you ideas on how you can take back your time.

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Enjoy Healthier Snacks at Work

Eat Smart: Enjoy Healthier Snacks at Work - FN1398

Are you tempted by bowls of candy and trays of cookies at work? Say no to secondhand sweets, and think twice about the food you offer at meetings and around the office. Are you eating enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains? Eating small, frequent, healthy meals or snacks will keep your energy up and make you less likely to overeat at your next meal.

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What Color Is Your Food?

What Color is Your Food? - FN595

People need different amounts of fruits and vegetables depending on their age, gender and amount of daily physical actiivity. Taste a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for better health.

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After-School Snacks!

Now Serving Nutritious After School Snacks - FN1379

Providing nutritious snacks doesn’t have to be expensive but you may need to do some planning to make them readily available for your child. Getting kids to eat fruits and vegetables can be difficult. Make snack time fun. For example, provide a variety of cut-up fruits and vegetables and let your kids create their own kabobs. You also may want to try serving vegetables with low-fat dip to make them more appealing.

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Now Serving Breakfast!

Now Serving: Breakfast - FN694

Enjoying more family meals adds up to better nutrition, stronger family bonds and children who are less likely to participate in risky behavior. Be flexible with meal schedules and locations of your family meals. If evenings are too hectic, would a regular family breakfast work for you?

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Learning to Eat Right at Family Meals

Family Meal Times Learning to Eat Right at Family Meals Issue 6 - FN1531

Family meals help parents teach children healthy eating habits for a lifetime.

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Cost-saving Tips, Menus and Recipes

Now Serving: Tasty, Healthful Meals on a Budget Week 3: Cost-saving Tips, Menus and Recipes - FN1385

You may have established a weekly menu and shopping list, but now you need the food. Going to the grocery store to buy food for your family may be something you do not look forward to doing. Decreasing the amount of time and money you spend there may help change that. This is the third in a series of publications to help you eat well but spend less at the grocery store.

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