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Choose Healthy Pre- and Post- game Meals

Eat Smart. Choose Healthy Pre-and Post-game Meals - FN1438

Have a light meal so it can be digested easily. The pregame meal should include a variety of foods but focus on carbohydraterich food such as bread or pasta. Make sure to include grains, fruits and vegetables in the meal. Drink plenty of fluids.

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Get Your Physical Activity

Play Hard! Get Your Physical Activity - FN1437

Physical activity helps build and maintain a strong body. Be active every day! Kids need 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity to stay healthy.

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Do You Need and Energy Drink?

Eat Smart. Play Hard. Do You Need an Energy Drink? - FN1435

People often substitute energy drinks for healthier beverage choices, so compare the Nutrition Facts labels. Energy drinks provide few if any of the needed vitamins and minerals provided by healthier beverage choices. Plain water is a better choice for most individuals.

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Bone Up on Calcium

Eat Smart: Bone Up on Calcium - FN1434

Children ages 9 to 13 need 1,300 milligrams of calcium a day to keep their bones and teeth strong. Children ages 4 to 8 need 800 milligrams of calcium per day. They also need vitamin D, which helps the body use the calcium. Milk is fortifi ed with vitamin D. Many foods contain calcium. The best sources are milk, yogurt and cheese. Fish, soy products and nuts also are good sources of calcium. Some fruit juices, cereals, breads, snacks and other foods have added calcium.

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Enjoy Breakfast Every Day!

Eat Smart: Enjoy Breakfast Every Day - FN1433

Eating breakfast fuels the body with needed nutrients, provides energy for an active day, gets you ready to learn and helps you keep a healthy body.

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How to Select and Store Vegetables

Vary Your Veggies: How to Select and Store Vegetables - FN1456

What veggies are in your refrigerator, freezer or pantry?

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Serve More Vegetables

Vary Your Veggies: Serve More Vegetables - FN1455

Most adults and children need 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day, but the amount varies depending on age, gender and amount of physical activity.

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Add Vegetables to Your Diet

Vary Your Veggies: Add Some Vegetables to your Diet - FN1454

Keep washed, ready-to-eat vegetables on hand and easy to find. How many times does someone in your family open the refrigerator door to see what there is to eat and take one of the first foods he or she sees? So let the cleaned vegetables be seen first. Also, set them out when meals and snacks are eaten. On the run? Cut up some veggies and put them in zip-top bags. Stop in the produce department to see if some vegetables are cut up and ready to eat for a snack. If you do not have a cooler or refrigerator nearby, remember to eat cut-up produce within two hours for safety.

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How to Prepare Vegetables

Vary Your Veggies: How to Prepare Vegetables - FN1453

Try something new! To take advantage of all their benefits, eat a variety of colors every day and vary your cooking methods to add variety to your menus. Cooking methods: microwave, steam, sitr-fry, pan, bake, broil.

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Why Eat Vegetables?

Vary Your Veggies: Why Eat Vegetables - FN1452

Vegetables are versatile, nutritious, colorful and flavorful. Not only are they naturally low in calories, fat and sodium, but they also are good sources of important vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Vegetables do not contain cholesterol. Increasing vegetable consumption can replace foods higher in calories and fat. Vegetables are rich sources of vitamins, particularly A and C. The value of a vegetable as a source of a nutrient is affected both by the amount of the nutrient present and by the amount of the vegetable eaten.

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Wash Your Hands!

Wash Your Hands! - FN1444

No matter the language, hand washing is an important step in the fight against germs. Follow these guidelines for proper hand-washing practices.

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Healthful Snacking for Sports Fans

Quick Facts: Your Game Plan: Healthful Snacking for Sports Fans - FN1406

Your favorite team is winning and you just watched the best half-time show you have ever seen. You reach into the bowl of crunch snacks and discover it's empty. How did that happen? Included in this publication are tips to manage snacking, ideas on how to make snacks healthier, along with recipes to enjoy.

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Love Your Heart!

Love Your Heart! - FN1689

The heart is a pump that provides oxygen to each and every cell of the body. Feel your pulse: Each time your heart beats, it is moving blood by expanding and contracting. It is a muscle that is essential to life, which is why treating your heart with care is so important. Keeping your heart strong starts with good choices we make when we are young. Being physically active and eating a healthful diet keeps our heart beating strong.

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Split Pea Soup, Salad, Salsa and More!

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: Split Pea Soup, Salad, Salsa and More! - FN1741

Pulse foods include chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), lentils and split peas. These inexpensive foods provide protein, complex carbohydrates, and several vitamins and minerals. Like other plant-based foods, they contain no cholesterol and little fat or sodium. They are an excellent source of fiber and folate, along with many other vitamins and minerals.

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Pizza, Soup, Granola and More!

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: Pizza, Soup, Granola and More! How to Use Lentils in Your Recipes - FN1740

Pulse foods include chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), lentils and split peas. These inexpensive foods provide protein, complex carbohydrates, and several vitamins and minerals. Like other plant-based foods, they contain no cholesterol and little fat or sodium. They are an excellent source of fiber and folate, along with many other vitamins and minerals.

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Hummus, Roasted Chickpeas and More!

Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: Hummus, Roasted Chickpeas and More! - FN1739

Pulse foods include chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), lentils and split peas. These inexpensive foods provide protein, complex carbohydrates, and several vitamins and minerals. Like other plant-based foods, they contain no cholesterol and little fat. They are an excellent source of fiber and folate, along with many other vitamins and minerals.

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Manage Stress for Better Health

Nourishing Your Mind and Body: Manage Stress for Better Health - FS 1730

People have different definitions of stress. Probably the most common definition is “physical, mental or emotion strain or tension.” Stress is different for all of us. People will perceive the same stressor in a number of ways and, therefore, react to it differently.

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Know Your Medications

Know Your Prescription and Nonprescription Medications - FN1720

Many people take prescription or nonprescription medications on a regular basis. Do you know how to properly store and dispose of medications? Do our medications interact with any foods? Know the questions to discuss with hour healthcare provider.

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Nourish Your Skin

Nourish Your Skin - FN1572

A Healthy Skin Diet is Like the Heart-healthy Diet.

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Pulse Foods in Your Diet

Using More Pulse Foods In Your Diet - FN1714

Pulse foods are rich sources of protein, fiber, vitamins such as folate, and minerals such as iron and potassium. They are low in fat and sodium, and are naturally gluten- and cholesterol-free. Researchers have reported that regular consumption of pulses may reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. The purpose of this publication is to show how to use more pulse foods in your diet and provide tested recipes and two weeks of sample menus at the 1,800- and 2,100-calorie levels.

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