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As we begin the new year and you reflect on your New Year’s resolutions, it is important to keep in mind that smaller goals may be more realistic. It is common to set a weight loss goal or try a new fad diet, but these goals are usually too stressful and unlikely to be continued long-term. No one likes to fail, but goals that are not realistic can make someone feel like a failure and force them to just “give up.” This new year focus on small lifestyle changes you can easily fit into your current daily routine.read more
Cooking with canned or frozen fruits and vegetables is a quick and convenient option for busy weeknight meals. They can even be more nutritious!read more
By now most people know what whole-grains are as they have been highly promoted and praised for their ability to reduce high cholesterol and prevent heart disease–think oatmeal, brown rice, and whole wheat bread. Ancient grains on the other hand are still mysterious foods with seemingly funny names to the general population. So, what exactly are these little grains sitting next to rice on the shelves at the grocery store?read more
Does the Halloween sugar rush have you spooked? Skip the store bought, pre-packaged treats and include some homemade healthy options in the mix this year. Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party or just bonding with your family in the kitchen, we’ve rounded up some healthy ideas that are scary good!read more
Celebrate the connection between local food and school nutrition during October’s National Farm to School Month! Farm to school programs are becoming increasingly popular across the United States, and for good reason.read more
The Labor Day holiday signifies summer winding down and is the last major celebration before school is back in session. Whether your plans are to fire up the grill, hang out by the pool, or take a trip to the beach, joining in on the fun doesn’t mean you have to lose sight of your health goals. If you’re worried about falling into the “anything goes” pitfall, we’ve got great tips to help you stay on track.read more
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month. Obesity is a preventable and treatable health condition that increases the risk for other health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. As a parent, it is important to help your child learn healthy lifestyle habits that can help reduce their risk of childhood obesity.read more
Having a well-stocked pantry is essential for maintaining your health goals. When you have a variety of healthy staples on hand, it’s easy to throw together a flavorful, well-balanced meal for your family. Use our checklist to make sure your pantry is CHEF-Approved!read more
By Jacqueline Weiss, Cornell Nutrition Sciences Intern Reviewed by Katy Bowen, MS, RDN, LD, Director of Community Outreach, CHEF Edited by Andi Champion, Program Coordinator, CHEF Exploring your local Farmer’s Market is the perfect Saturday morning family activity and...read more
Summer is winding down and school is almost back in session! Help your children thrive this school year and get them excited about healthy eating habits by providing them with fun, tasty, new lunch ideas. Our better-for-you inspiration is sure to get you an A+ in the lunchroom!read more