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, August 19, 2022
Mother and daughter buying vegetables in farm produce market.

A trip to the farmers’ market with your children can be a fun family day, a fruit and vegetable adventure, or a perfect way to be outside and get your steps in.  If you have never been to a farmers’ market or are just a little hesitant to go with your child, read on for some tips and suggestions for a terrific day.

Make a Plan-Prepare Yourself

Monday, August 01, 2022
Happy senior lady is buying vegetables on farmer's market. All products are fresh and organic. It is important for health and well-being to consume groceries as fresh as possible.

Farmers’ Markets give us the opportunity to purchase fresh and delicious fruit and vegetables grown right in Massachusetts. Read on to find out the who, what, where, why, and how to best use your SNAP and HIP dollars.

Monday, July 18, 2022
American flag salad with watermelon, blueberries and feta cheese. Top view table scene against a rustic wood background. Fourth of July food concept.

Ahhh, the lazy days of summer.  Isn’t that what they say?  Well, here we like to keep you moving and grooving with all things tasty and fun!  Summer brings a variety of celebrations and cookouts.  We will talk about how to keep foods safe in the warmer weather. We will review the health benefits of red, white, and blue fruits and vegetables.  And, we have some scrumptious recipe suggestions that are easy to prepare and light on the wallet.

Grilling Up Greatness

Tuesday, July 05, 2022
USDA CELEBRATING 30 years of SNAP-Ed

Anniversaries give us the chance to look back and reflect. In this post, we’re going to see how the past 30 years have helped shape SNAP-Ed to be the dynamic powerhouse it is today. Read on to find out more!

Friday, June 10, 2022
Portrait of male farmer holding a crate full of strawberries at the marketplace.

Welcome back! It’s June so that means it’s time to head over to a Farmers’ Market! There are year-round farmers’ markets and they’re great but to me, there is nothing like a farmers’ market during the growing season here in Massachusetts. What about you? Do you enjoy farmers’ markets? Read on to learn how to make the most out of your local market, save money at one, find out what’s in season, and where they are located. Keep reading to the end where we have more resources!

Wednesday, June 01, 2022
Fruit and vegetable rainbow as healthy eating concept.

Families, we have made it to June and your children will soon be enjoying their summer vacation! It’s the perfect time to celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month with some fun activities.  This blog will share five easy and affordable activities you can do with your family to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your day.  A couple of them are pretty tasty too!

Start Each Day with a Nutritious Breakfast

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Apium graveolens. Close up. Multiple true leaves on each celery plant. Soft background with kale and pea seedlings. Self sufficient small roof top garden.

A pot of cacti with colorful stones

Sunday, May 01, 2022
A man home gardening on balcony of a high-rise apartment building.

Have you ever wanted to start a garden but didn’t know where or how to start? Did you know we live in a state with lots of resources for gardeners like us (new ones!)? Read on to find out how we can all become a gardener and where to go for help.

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.

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