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Food, Nutrition, Health Observances Calendar for April 2014

 

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Apricots, Bananas, Broccoli, Cabbage, Green Beans, Honeydew Melon, Lettuce, Mangos, Mushrooms, Onions and Leeks, Peas, Pineapple, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries

National Food Weeks

 
 
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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

MyPlate: What's the Right Amount of Calories for You?

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

Kick Butts Day

National Walk to Work Day

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

National Public Health Week

World Health Day

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

National Public Health Week

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

National Public Health Week

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

National Public Health Week

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

National Public Health Week

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

National Public Health Week

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

National Public Health Week

Peach Cobbler Day

Thomas Jefferson's Birthday

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

Mushroom Day

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

Animal Cracker Day

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

Garlic Day

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

Lima Bean Respect Day

Easter Sunday

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

Earth Day

Jelly Bean Day

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

Picnic day

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

World Malaria Day

Zucchini Baking Day

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

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MyPlate: How Can You Build a Healthier Plate?

Oatmeal Cookie Day

Raisin Day

   
 

Salad Tulips

Use any cup-shaped lettuce leaf. The ones in our photos come from heads of radicchio and Boston Bibb lettuce. Both of these lettuce heads can be shredded or sliced to make a tossed salad when you are done using their outer leaves as tulip petals.

Chocolate Pears

Most of the time pears are poached in wine or liqueur. But you can poach them in a light chocolate syrup. We served ours with a light sprinkling of real chocolate shavings and a tiny amount of chocolate syrup.

Flavor Exploration: Lemons

You didn’t think we’d leave you without another flavor post, did you? This week is all about lemon — how to use it, when to use it, and why to use it.

Easter Rabbit Salad

Easter Rabbit Salad

Here is our latest creation with fresh fruit ready to share!

Step by Step

As a follow-up to our latest motivation article, we look deeper into effective ways to implement manageable lifestyle changes…

5 Ways to Make Salad

We are starting to make and photograph all of our recipes – over 1000! First up – 25 salads in 2 days. What we discovered, is that there is more than one way to make a salad! Here are fun tips, photos and recipes so easy you don’t need a recipe. Vote on your favorite or give us a tip and win a prize.

Pea Shoots and More Greens

Pea shoots are larger than “sprouts” but are not mature enough to produce peas. They taste like peas and have a delicate flavor. Plus, their versatility makes them delicious whether they are raw or cooked. Find out what we bought at the farmers’ market this week and see the dishes we made with our finds!

Grilled Chicken and Chard

Today we’re going to talk about delicious ways to balance your plate like MyPlate, especially when it comes to getting enough dark green vegetables. Dark green vegetables include tasty greens like collards, chard, spinach, mustard, kale, …

Favorite Favas

Fava beans

Perhaps the least known legume in North America, fava beans have served as a culinary staple dating back to prehistoric times. So, if they’ve been around so long, how come we don’t know more about them? Learn about the versatile fava bean in this detailed review.

April is Cancer Awareness Month

As the second leading cause of death in the United States (heart disease is still number one), there’s a good chance that you or someone you know has battled cancer. The good news is that nearly half of all cancer deaths can be prevented with early detection and treatment. While some cancers are hereditary, the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that one-third of cancer deaths in the U.S. is due to dietary factors, while another third is caused by cigarette smoking…

As Seen on TV — Crazy Diet Trends

In today’s post, Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE, debunks fad diet claims. So get ready Sensa, Master Cleanse, Wheat Belly, and Magic Weight Loss Tea — we’re bringing science to the table!

The Mediterranean Diet: An Intro from Italy

Enrico Forte, an Italian dietitian, has joined us today to talk about the many benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Stop by again on Thursday for a roundup of our favorite Mediterranean recipes!

Fabulous Flavonoids

A celebration of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month wouldn’t be complete without a discussion of the helpful flavonoids that can be found in many fresh fruits and veggies. What are flavonoids, you ask? This post gives you the lowdown on these amazing phytochemicals…

Why Choose Tea?

Tea is good for your heart, bones, and teeth. It may even prevent cancer, though more research is needed to support that claim. Today we take a closer look at both the benefits and the different types of tea. Check it out!

7 Steps for Lung Cancer Protection

The National Lung Association has dubbed May “Breathe Easy Month.” As the month comes to a close, we wanted to recognize this aspect of May with a review of some ways to improve your lung function through healthful eating. While the National Institute of Cancer maintains that giving up smoking is the most beneficial health action that smokers can take to lower their risk of lung cancer, the following dietary recommendations may also offer protection against lung cancer — for smokers and nonsmokers alike.

Sensational Strawberries

Today we want to celebrate the strawberry. Did you know that the strawberry is the most popular berry in the United States? According to the California Strawberry Commission, California produces enough strawberries to go around the world side by side 15 times!

Berry Good!

Who doesn’t love berries? These versatile fruits are a great snack, and they’re good for you too! In fact, new research has revealed that blueberries, cranberries, huckleberries, and related plants all contain a special cancer-fighting compound called resveratrol.

Getting Enough Vitamin D

Getting Enough Vitamin D

Earlier this week, we explored the importance of vitamin D in osteoporosis prevention, as well as cancer prevention and health improvement. Many different products contain vitamin D, but not all of them are good for you. In this article, we’ll explore some healthful — and not-so-healthful — sources of this vital vitamin.

Osteoporosis Prevention and Vitamin D

Vitamin D appears to be very critical for health, especially in the prevention of osteoporosis and cancers, including breast, prostate, ovarian and colon cancer. This article explores the different types of vitamin D and their roles in the body.

Healthy Kitchen Makeover

Food and Health is Proud to Present our NEW Healthy Kitchen Poster

Have you seen our new Healthy Kitchen poster? Check out the picture above or visit it in our store. We’re so excited about it, that we have decided to share all of our top kitchen makeover tips in one handy-dandy blog post. After all, it’s officially Spring, which makes it the perfect time for SPRING CLEANING. Try these handy tips to clean up your kitchen and make it more efficient than ever.

Worksite Wellness

Go for the Whole Grain Handout

April is National Cancer Awareness Month. The American Institute of Cancer Research recommends eating a healthful, phytochemical-rich diet, exercising, and maintaining a healthful weight in order to reduce your cancer risk by 30%. Too busy at work to adhere to these guidelines? Just follow these suggestions for strategies to use on the job to reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.

Pancreatic Cancer and Diet

Fiber is Your Friend Poster

Today we’re focusing on pancreatic cancer, a dangerous disease that seems to be linked to diet. Very few people who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer live more than a year or two after the diagnosis. Since pancreatic cancer is nearly always fatal, an ounce of prevention is worth far more than expensive medical treatments. It is increasingly clear that a rich Western diet that leads to weight gain earlier in life, and the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes also likely promotes the development of pancreatic cancer.

 
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