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Make Your Plate Look Like MyPlate!

Sweet Potato and Apple Pork Chops

MyPlate is a visual guide to encourage Americans to eat a variety of foods and build healthy meals. Experts believe the best and most simple way to improve Americans’ diets and combat obesity is to have Americans focus more on the proportion of each food group on their plates rather …

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From the Farm to Your Table

farmer picking tomatoes

Where does the food we eat come from? This question is one part of the farm-to-table experience taking place across the nation. And the experience really begins with where the food is grown on the farm. Often, we choose to create our own unique farm-to-table experience when purchasing local fruits …

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Add Excitement to Your Salad!

Healthy Habits: Add Excitement to Your Salad!

Eating a salad can be an exciting way to increase your intake of vegetables and fruits. (No, really, it can be!) The variety is limitless, and if you choose wisely, eating salads can be satisfying and even help you eat fewer calories and less sodium throughout the day. Be sure …

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Dark, Green, Leafy Vegetables

Healthy Living: Dark, Green, Leafy Vegetables

As part of building a healthy eating pattern, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that you choose a good mix of foods by consuming a variety of nutrient-dense foods across and within food groups. This is the best way to ensure that your body gets what it needs for optimal …

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Why is Your Health Important to You?

Healthy Habits: Why is Your Health Important to You?

Whether your goal is to get healthier, lose weight or maintain your health, almost everyone has a reason to be motivated. Being healthy truly is a journey, not a destination. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the …

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Optimal Nutrition

Healthy Living - Optimal Nutrition

Building a healthy eating pattern to promote optimal health, weight and performance is not just about calories. It is also about eating nutrient-dense foods. Some experts even advise that it is more important to focus on nutrient-dense foods more than counting calories. Choose nutrient-dense foods This is because these foods …

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Get the Gulp on Energy Drinks!

Healthy Habits - Get the Gulp on Energy Drinks!

When you feel like you’re dragging and perhaps lacking in sleep, reaching for an energy drink may be a tempting option for a boost or just a tasty beverage with a little extra kick. Although this may be your “quick fix” on occasion, using energy drinks habitually or throughout the …

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Food Fuels Your Body for Exercise!

Food Fuels Your Body for Exercise!

When exercising, weightlifting or training, it’s important to consider how your diet and hydration can impact energy levels, endurance and overall performance. The saying “you can’t out-exercise a poor diet” couldn’t be more true. Fueling your body well supports your physical performance and the overall results you will see from …

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