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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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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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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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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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Exploring MyPlate Budgeting total Calories

Exploring MyPlate Budgeting Total Calories - FN720

Each person has a daily calorie budget. Calories are units of energy. You spend calories to maintain body functions and provide energy for physical activity. If you take in more calories than you burn, you may “bank” the extra as body fat.

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Is Food in my Kitchen a Safety Hazard

Is Food In My Kitchen a Safety Hazard? - FN492

Follow these food handling guidelines to prevent foodborne illness.

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Vary Your Veggies

Exploring MyPlate Vary Your Veggies - FN727

Vegetables are a nutritional bargain. Most vegetables are naturally low in calories and fat and naturally have no cholesterol. Eating vegetables rich in potassium, such as sweet potatoes, white beans and tomato products, might help decrease bone loss.

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Go Lean with Protein

Exploring MyPlate Go Lean with Protein - FN724

Protein is important to have in your diet because it plays a part in the health and maintenance of the body. Choosing protein foods that are lean and low in cholesterol will give you the needed nutrients without the extra fat.

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Make at Least Half Your Grains Whole Grains

Exploring MyPlate Make at Least Half Your Grains Whole Grains - FN726

The food icon at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov recommends that at least half of the grain foods in your diet bewhole grains.

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Get Your Calcium-rich Foods

Exploring MyPlate Get Your Calcium-rich Foods - FN723

The dairy group is an important part of the new food icon at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov . MyPlate provides individual recommendations based on age, sex and activity level for each group. The online tool can help you with an eating plan personalized for you.

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Know Your Fats

Exploring MyPlate Know Your Fats - FN725

Not all fats are the same. To help us sort out information about nutrition, the food icon at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov can help us choose a healthy eating plan that’s personalized for our age, sex and activity level.

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Nutrition and Fitness

Nutrition and Fitness: Eat Smart Play Hard - FN1813

You are many things. You are a muscle mover, blood pumper, thinker, calorie burner and nutrient user. You are all these things and much more! You're a walking, talking, munching, crunching person. You are on the move.

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Helathy Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes

Cooking 101 Week 5 Healthy Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes - FN1560

Many people are pressed for time, but making a meal does not have to be a time-consuming task. With a few helpful tips, cooking a quick and healthful meal will be a breeze.

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Putting a Healthy Spin on Prepackaged Favorites

Cooking 101 Week 6 Putting a Healthy Spin on Prepackaged Favorites- FN1561

Many people do not have a lot of time to devote to meal preparation. While many convenience foods are available, some are high in sodium or fat. You can make these foods more nutritious without doing a lot of work

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Healthy Eating on the Run

Healthy Eating on the Run - FN1474

Imagine you are planning your grocery list. You know you have limited time to prepare meals and snacks each day. Many people struggle to make healthful food choices with today´s busy schedules.

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Have a Healthy Heart (Condensed)

Have a Healthy Heart - FN589 - Condensed Version

Have you thought about your heart lately? On average, your heart beats about 100,000 times per day, pumping nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. Taking this hard-working group of muscles for granted can be easy. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. This is the condensed version of the 8 page FN589, "Have a Healthy Heart".

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Have a Healthy Heart

Have a Healthy Heart - FN589

On average, your heart beats about 100,000 times per day, pumping nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. Taking this hard-working group of muscles for granted can be easy. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The purpose of this publication is to increase awareness of heart disease risk factors for women and ways for everyone to improve heart health through lifestyle choices. Having regular checkups and discussing any health-related issues with your physician or health-care provider is important.

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Q & A About Soy Foods

Questions & Answers About Soy Foods - FN1786

Soy is a plant native to Asia and has been a staple in the Asian diet for more than 5,000 years. Large-scale soybean cultivation did not start in the U.S. until around World War II. Today, the Midwestern U.S. produces about half of the world’s supply of soybeans.

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School Lunchroom Strategies

Questions & Answers About School Lunchroom Strategies to Promote Health - FN1784

Research has shown that certain strategies can be implemented in the cafeteria setting that may help students make more nutritious food choices.

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