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Get Calcium?

Got Calcium? - FN587

This publication highlights the importance of calcium in your diet. It includes daily calcium recommendations, the amount of calcium in common foods, and suggestions for increasing calcium in your diet.

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Make-ahead Meals Save Dinnertime Tonight

Family Meal Times: Make-ahead Meals Save Dinnertime Tonight - FN1535

Try something new this week. Start by planning five to seven meals that your family enjoys.

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Brown Baggin' It

Brown Baggin' It: A Guide to Lunches on the Go - FN1416

Follow the tips here to pack a safe and nutritious lunch.

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Lean Pork!

Now Serving: Lean Pork - FN1475

Pork can serve as the basis of a wide variety of tasty meals for you and your family. Today’s pork is very lean and healthful to eat. Pork provides a host of vitamins and minerals. Today’s pork has 16 percent less fat and 27 percent less saturated fat compared with pork in 1991. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has analyzed pork for trans-fatty acids (bad fats), and the results confirm that pork contains no artery-clogging trans fat.

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Eat Better - Eat Together

Family Meals Times: Eat Better - Eat Together - FN1528

Research has shown that when children eat with families, their overall nutrition and diets improve.

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Can we Talk? About Folic Acid

Can We Talk About Folic Acid - FN704

What is It? OK, so you’ll think about taking folic acid, but what is it exactly? Folic acid is a human-made form of the B vitamin folate, and is necessary for making new, healthy cells in the body. Everyone Needs It Recent studies have shown that folic acid may reduce the risk of cardiac disease and certain types of cancers. Some studies suggest it also might help lower the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

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Focus on Fruits

Exploring MyPlate: Focus on Fruits - FN722

Fruits are a great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals (“phyto” means plant). The usual sweetness of fruits makes them an enjoyable food.

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Invite Kids Into the Kitchen

Family Meal Times: Invite Kids Into the Kitchen Issue 9 - FN1534

Cooking can be a recipe for building relationships and learning important life skills.

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Grocery Shopping Made Easy

Cooking 101: Grocery Shopping Made Easy - FN1559

Shopping for healthful foods doesn’t have to put a dent in your budget, and it doesn’t have to be hard. Learn what product labels mean and some tips to make your grocery shopping easier.

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Make Family Meals a Tradition

Family Meals Times: Make Family Meals a Tradition - 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 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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Basic Cooking Skills Help Keep Family Meals on the Table

Family Meal Times: 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 - 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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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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Family Meals Matter

Family Meals Times: Family Meals Matter - 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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