Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. You can help lower your risk by choosing heart-healthy foods and incorporating physical activity into your daily routine! What are heart-healthy foods? Fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids such as Salmon, Tuna, Trout, or Mackerel. Omega-3s help keep arteries healthy and smooth which prevents the…Read more February is National Heart Month!
There's a lot of baking going on this time of year, and like we shared in our December Family Pages newsletter, that doesn't necessarily mean you have to get off the healthy habit wagon. There are a lot of simple substitutions you can make in your baking to cut down on fat and sugar (in…Read more Holiday Cookies With A Sneaky Twist
Well it appears as though the cold has finally made its way here to Centre County, Pennsylvania! The cooler temperatures are a great excuse to hang out in the kitchen and to cook up some spirit-lifting goodness with your kids. One-pot meals are a great way to create healthy home-cooked meals that the whole family…Read more One-Pot Meals
We've been busy bringing nutrition education to children and families in our community. We had 2 family events in rural Pennsylvania this month, where we talked to families about eating healthy on a budget, and we shared tips on making mealtime family time. Adults and children were able to taste guacamole and a bean burrito...many…Read more In the Community
We've been having fun teaching children nutrition facts and cooking skills, as well as kitchen safety. Our awesome staff has been working with groups of children in Mifflintown and Philipsburg, PA to create delicious, healthy snacks and meals. Here is a photo of our Mifflintown cooking class and their zucchini pizzas, which they loved! We've…Read more Cooking with Kids
Mmmmmmmm...summer means sweet fruit, and plenty of it. Check out your local farms for opportunities to pick your own fruit. This can be a fun experience for young and old, and it may even help with your child's pickiness. My son (as crazy as it sounds) refused to eat strawberries when he was 1 and…Read more Sweet Summer
We have been running a little experiment at home and with children in my research projects this past year. It's a buffet-effect type of study...the idea that you eat more when a variety of foods are present. My first experience with childhood obesity was my junior year as an undergraduate at the University of Buffalo. …Read more A Healthy Buffet?
I know what you are thinking because I have the same problem with my little sister. How do you get them to eat healthier foods? My mom and I have invented a few ways to get my younger sister to try new things that might work for you. My sister Abby, she looks up to…Read more Growing Child, Small Menu?
by Lori Francis Quick fact. Children who help parents with meal preparation tend to be willing to try the foods they're served! Children can help not only by helping parents choose what to eat, but there are several ways that they can help with cooking and preparation. When Austin was 2, I got him started…Read more Let them be messy!
Hummus was Luca's first word, and suddenly I knew that I was changing the eating habits of the world - one child at a time. I became extremely interested in observing how parents affect their children’s eating habits during my countless hours of babysitting. With all of the fun that I have with the children,…Read more Out of (and into) the mouths of babes…