Healthy You

If you have questions about what it means to live a healthy life, this is where you will find the answers. The Healthy You blog is here to give you great advice you can use in your daily life.

Friday, April 15, 2022
Top view of a large assortment of healthy fresh rainbow colored organic fruits and vegetables arranged side by side on rustic wooden table. The composition includes carrots, onion, tomatoes, avocado, corn, green bean, cucumber, broccoli, spinach, apples, strawberries, mango, grape fruit, peach, oranges, bell pepper, radish among others.

Dietary Diversity

Since April is Celebrate Diversity Month let’s talk about Dietary Diversity! Dietary diversity is another name for a well-balanced diet.  This means we need to include all five food groups into our meals across breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.  Our good health requires a balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from each of the food groups.  Some people may need to follow specific diets, but diversity is required within all of them.  MyPlate shows us how to take steps towards this balance.

Friday, April 01, 2022
Portrait of multi-ethnic kids with large earth ball, on grass hill with blue sky.

Welcome back! It’s April and along with it being spring, we are celebrating Diversity Awareness Month. Diversity Awareness was created to celebrate and honor the diversity happening all around us. For us here at SNAP-Ed that means celebrating food from around the globe. But how do we narrow it down? Let’s start with breakfast. What do you do to ‘break your fast’? It’s called breakfast because it is the first, and most important, meal since it breaks the ‘fast’ from not haven eaten since the day before. Let’s learn how people from other parts of the world fuel up to start their day.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
National Nutrition Month 2022

Have we learned a lot! The people over at National Nutrition Month have been a great help. We’re reminded how important it is to eat healthy and nutritious food. We learned how to make ‘easy to keep’ goals. Making goals can feel overwhelming. It was great to be able to make goals that matched our lifestyle needs. And it’s always good to receive meal planning tips. It’s easy to get *stuck*. This last week of National Nutrition Month, let’s look at how to make tasty dinners at home (that don’t take all day!). Read on.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
National Nutrition Month 2022

We’re so happy you’re here. It’s the third week of National Nutrition Month and this week we’re going to talk about planning meals and snacks. Do you love planning? Yay! This is a post for and about you! Do you hate meal planning? Yay! This post is for you. Learn some easy (phew!) and fun ways to make meal planning a breeze. Read on.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2022
Father and son walking back inside after playing basketball outdoors

Get Moving for Kids!

Eating healthy is only one part of raising strong children.  The other important factor is ensuring they are physically active every day.  Any type and amount is better than none at all.  Find an activity that you and your child can enjoy together.  This way it will not appear as a task, but just another fun part of the day. 

Tuesday, March 01, 2022
National Nutrition Month Graphic

This month Massachusetts SNAP-Ed is joining in on the celebration of National Nutrition Month.  We will be having a series of blogs on a variety of topics including Eating a Variety of Nutritious Foods, Healthy Physical Activity Goals, Planning Your Meals and Snacks, and Tasty Food at Home.  The kick-off week focuses on eating foods from each of the food groups, using the nutrition facts label, and making cultural meals while celebrating traditions.  Some recent blogs touched upon these topics already, so this week we will chat about involving children in cultural meals and traditions.  Foo

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Fruits and vegetables, the color of a rainbow, shaped as a heart

How are you doing? Welcome to February! While it may be the shortest month it’s an important one. February is all about #OurHearts and how to take care of it. Read on!

Wednesday, February 02, 2022
February is American Heart Month

What is a Heart Healthy Child?

A heart-healthy child is one that eats foods low in fat, enjoys well-balanced meals, is physically active for 60 minutes each day, and grows up making the healthy choice, the easy choice.  Parents that role model healthy eating, offer well-balanced snacks and meals and have fun moving together, children will develop strong bodies and long life of healthy habits. 

Understanding Fats

Thursday, January 20, 2022
Shop Simple

When the Dietary Guidelines were updated in 2020 www.MyPlate.gov was given a reboot. There are many new tools that make eating healthier easy, simple, and fun! Let’s go explore.

Friday, January 14, 2022
Fireworks in the night sky spell out 2022

What a year!  We have chatted about fruits and vegetables, home gardens, farmers’ markets, holiday leftovers, and making your own food-related presents.  I have given you directions, book resources, dancing videos, and hopefully a smile to share with your family and friends.

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