February: Heart Health
Tips for Heart Health
- Get more fiber in your diet! Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts to give your body the fiber it needs. GO FOODS!
- Cut your saturated fats. Too much can clog arteries.
- Be physically active. For adults, 150 minutes per week, and for kids, 60 minutes per day.
- Get enough sleep.
- Mange your stress by incorporating a hobby, such as meditation or yoga, that helps you relax.
Learn more in this informational flier.
January: Whole Grains
When eating grains, look at the label to see if you see the word "whole" in the ingredient list. Be aware of these words:
- Refined grains are milled to have had the germ and bran removed, which gives them a finer texture and extends their shelf life. The refining process also removes many nutrients, including fiber. Refined grains include white flour, white rice and white bread. Many breads, cereals, crackers, desserts and pastries are made with refined grains.
- "Enriched" means that some of the nutrients lost during processing are replaced. Some enriched grains have replaced the B vitamins lost during milling. Fortifying means adding in nutrients that don't occur naturally in the food. Most refined grains are enriched, and many enriched grains also are fortified with other vitamins and minerals, such as folic acid and iron. Whole grains may or may not be fortified.
⇒ Whole grains keep you feeling full longer.
⇒ Whole grains help your digestion system by helping food move through your body quickly and easy.
⇒ Eating whole grains can help reduce acne in teens.
⇒ Try making ½ your grains whole grains!
December: Go, Slow & Whoa Foods
There are no bad foods -- only foods you should eat more of and foods you should eat less of.
- Help boost your immune system, so you don’t get sick or as sick
- Give you the most nutrients for your body and will help you learn better
- Have some nutrients -- that's why we call them slow
- Have added salt, sugar, and/or fat
- Lower your immune system and can prevent learning
November: Reading a Food Label
The Nutrition Facts panel on a food package tells you many things about the food inside.
Choose nutrients wisely! Get more of
- Dietary Fiber
- Vitamin D
Get less of
- Saturated Fat
- Trans Fat
- Added Sugar
Check the serving size and serving per container. The information listed is based on one serving.
Calories refers to the total number of calories in one serving.
% Daily Value (%DV) is a guide to a nutrient in one serving of food. For example, 25% Vitamin D means one serving provides 25% of the Vitamin D you need each day. General guide:
- 5% DV of less of a nutrient is considered low.
- 20% DV or more of a nutrient is considered high.
“Best if Used-By” or “ Best Before”
- When a product's flavor and quality will be best.
- The product is still safe to eat even though nutrients and quality slowly decline.
- Found on refrigerated foods such as milk, yogurt, cheese, egg, lunch meat, and packaged salad.
- Stores must sell these foods by this date even though they are still safe to eat.
Dairy Shelf Life – After Sell-By Date
- Milk - 1 week
- Yogurt - 2 weeks
- Soft Cheese - 1-2 weeks
- Eggs - 4-5 weeks
- Hard cheese - 6 months
October: Eat Local!
Local foods are fresher and seasonal, usually have less environmental impact, preserve green space, promote food safety and variety, and support the local economy.
Easy and inexpensive ways to eat local include:
- Shopping at Farmers' Markets
- Joining a Community Supported Agriculture co-op
- Eating seasonal food
- Freezing seasonal food
- Growing your own food
Healthy choices for your family with MyPlate! Eat from all five food groups every day. Think variety! Your brain is more powerful, more complex and more clever than any computer ever built. Help keep your brain and body healthy by eating a variety of foods from each food group every day.
- 90% of all strawberries are produced in California
- Strawberries are a fruit grown on flowering plants in the rose family
- Watermelon is grown 44 different states in the summer months
- The average ear of corn has 800 kernels in 16 rows
- There is one silk for every kernel
- A cob will have an even number of rows
- Grains are a type of grass that produce seeds that can be eaten
- Grains are high in the nutrient carbohydrates, which gives our body energy
- Proteins grow, maintain, and replace the tissues in our bodies. Our muscles, organs, and immune systems are mostly made of protein
- Keratin is a type of protein that our hair, nails, and outer skin is made of
- Cows eat about 100 lbs of food every day and drinks 50 gallons of water
- To get the amount of calcium in an 8 oz glass of milk, you’d have to eat ¼ cup of broccoli, seven oranges or six slices of wheat bread
- Calcium is a mineral found in many foods. The body needs calcium to maintain strong bones and teeth while carrying out many important functions. Almost all calcium is stored in bones and teeth.
- Our bodies cannot produce calcium; we only get it from the foods we eat