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Food, Nutrition, Health Observances Calendar for September 2022


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Apples, Bananas, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cranberries, Garlic, Ginger, Grapes, Mushrooms, Parsnips, Pears, Pineapple, Pumpkins, Sweet Potatoes and Yams, Winter Squash

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National Food Weeks


Anniversary of Spanish MiPlato








India Teacher's Day

Labor Day




Time for Lunch Campaign












Celiac Awareness Day

Fortune Cookie Day




First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month






Ice Cream Day






World Alzheimer's Day








Family Health & Fitness Day


World Heart Day


Eat at Home Family Day




National Coffee Day


Time for Yoga


10 Free Nutrition Handouts

New handout delivery system for free nutrition handouts will serve more target audiences

Family Meal Success: Make Your Own Tacos

The concept of "make your own" is a great strategy for family meals. It allows everyone to make their own version of what the family is eating. And it puts a focus on making and eating together...

Summer’s Best Tomato Soup

Late summer tomatoes are bursting with flavor right now, so I whipped up a simple soup to highlight their essence! Pair with a salad, healthy burger, or half-sandwich for a light meal...

Family Meal Success: Fun with Meal Boards

This easy-to-make dinner includes any fresh veggies that can be used as dippers along with some air-fried treats like chicken fingers and oven French fries. Add a few dips and some fruit...

September 2022

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Teaching a Cooking Class: Tips and Tricks

I have been teaching a string of cooking classes recently, and boy have I ever learned a lot! Here are the tried-and-true secrets that take a presentation from good to great...

Fall Recipe Spotlight

Fall is in the air, so I'm sharing a few of my very favorite fall recipes...

9 Great Lessons from My CIA Master’s Degree Program

In September 2019, I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the Culinary Institute of America's new MPS or Master ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

September 2021

Are you ready for September? We're sharing our latest newsletter early so that you have plenty of time to incorporate it into your materials for next month!

September 2020

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Making Family Mealtime Successful

We recently interviewed busy parents who are successful at making family mealtime work in their house. We thought they were ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

The Best of Broccoli

Broccoli used to be a polarizing vegetable. You either loved it or loathed it. Fortunately, more people seem to be ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Great grapes!

Grapes are one of those fruits that most people only think of for snacking or serving as an appetizer with ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Fall for fall fruit!

Besides the holiday season, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Fall fruit is arriving by the barrelful, and ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications


There are several beautiful varieties of winter squash, but don’t let the name fool you. “Winter” squash is available year-round ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

This spud’s for you!

Don’t be a tater hater. There are a million reasons why potatoes can be part of a healthy diet. In ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Violet and blue are healthy, too!

Have you ever been at a party or picnic and a guest looks at the blue corn chips and thinks ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Go green, go!

Going green is not just good for the environment. Research tells us that eating more green fruits and vegetables is ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Hello yellow!

Yellow is the color of a bright sun and a beautiful daffodil. It’s been associated with happiness, freshness, creativity and ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Orange you glad?

Orange is the color of summer and fall. It symbolizes joy, sun and the tropics.  It’s hard not to feel ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Seeing red

It’s been said that the color red represents fire, passion, desire and love. It’s also a color of courage, action ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

September 2019

The next newsletter is here and it's better than ever! Check out our team's latest recipes, graphics, research, articles, white label newsletter, and much much more!

Rainbow Fruit and Vegetable Activity Ideas

We've all heard about the importance of eating from the rainbow to get a variety of foods and nutrients. In fact, we've probably already taught this concept to our clients. But now it's time for a refresher -- a new way to make eating from the rainbow both fun and possible...

2019 Food and Nutrition Hot Topics and New Theme Finder

Here are the hottest food and nutrition education topics based on our professional writers' recommendations, customer requests, nutrition research, post ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Make a Pear Centerpiece or Pear Salad Or Pear Appetizer

We have been working on some lovely ideas for pears for the fall and for the holidays. Thanks to Cindy ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Chop Test: An Easier Way to Cook Vegetables

Have you ever wondered if you're cooking vegetables well? I've devised a simple approach that makes determining cooking time and methods a snap! Check out this post for the secret, and don't miss the free infographic!

September 2018

Fall is on the horizon, so it's time to start thinking about the change of seasons...

Kitchen Hack: Cherry Tomatoes

The farmer's market is in full swing at our shopping mall in Fremont, CA. It is exciting because there are ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Freezer Magic: 8 Tips for Freezing Fruits and Vegetables

Did you take advantage of a store special on produce? Or perhaps you harvested a lot of items from your garden? Or did you simply buy too much produce to use in a week?
Don't worry, there's good news about the bounty that is overflowing from your refrigerator and countertops, and the answer lies in your freezer. You can actually freeze a whole bunch of different fruits and vegetables to use later -- we'll show you how!

Coconut, Saturated Fat, and Your Heart

"I'm sure everyone else is as confused as I am! I have been working with people with CVD for over 20 years, and I just can't figure out why there are two such polar camps regarding saturated fats and heart disease."
Get the answers in this great new post!

September 2017

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Practice Competencies for Nutrition Practitioners to Maintain Credentials

Beginning June 1, 2016, for recertifying credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners completing the 2016-2021 recertification cycle, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) transitioned into an updated credentialing system based on practice competencies...

Fall Nutrition Handout

Fall is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate is there than with a fresh new handout?

Sneak Preview: Make Vegetables More Appealing!

Here's a special preview of Building a Plant-Based Eating Pattern: Vegetables, the first in a new series about creating an eating pattern that is rich in healthful plants...

Free Nutrition Education Poster!

We would love to give all of our charitable followers a free poster... so we're going to!

New Sugar Guidelines for Kids

A new statement from the American Heart Association advises all kids from age 2 to 18 to consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars per day. Children under the age of 2 should consume no added sugars at all...

Make Healthful Choices Appealing

How a food looks aesthetically can seriously affect people's perception of it. In order to make healthy meals appetizing, it helps to make them actually look appealing too.

The FDA, Added Sugars, and Consumers

Yes, the Nutrition Facts label is getting a revamp. And yes, one of the key changes is a new line for added sugars. Isn't it time to dig a little deeper into that particular section? Let's take a closer look!

Berry Fact Sheet

It's time to take advantage of all the perfect summer fruit out there! This berry fact sheet provides a great opportunity to engage your clients with new and healthful foods...

September 2016

September is just around the corner! Make your life easier with these timely and accessible resources...

A Guide to Spectacular and Professional Plate Presentations

Help your clients make healthier choices by making nutritious foods more appealing in your displays and cooking demonstrations...

Nutrition Label Math

To make the new Nutrition Facts label more approachable to your clients, I've created a brand-new Nutrition Facts Math handout!

Nutrition News: Kids and Sports Drinks

Have you been seeing all the news about kids, sports drinks, and obesity?

Sports Drink Comparison Chart

My team and I researched the most common sports drinks, assessing their nutrient information and compiling it into a simple comparison chart. Check out what we found!

Melon Fact Sheet

Here's a great tool to help encourage your clients to incorporate more fruit into their eating patterns: a brand-new melon fact sheet!

Audience Motivation and Prizes

One way that I like to use positive reinforcement is through prizes that often communicate key lessons as well. This practice adds an extra layer to my presentations, allowing me to address a key subject from yet another angle...

Fall Farmers’ Market Tour

A fascinating tour of the Sacramento Sunday Farmer's Market shows beautiful photos of local produce plus many recipes and ideas you can use at home or in demos.

Family Health and Fitness Day

Over the years, my team and I have created quite a few educational resources that would be perfect to share with your clients for Family Health and Fitness Day! Here are some of the top options -- which will you pick?

3 Flu Prevention Tips

September is the month for the Cold and Flu Campaign. How are you helping your clients prepare for the upcoming flu season?

2 More Flu Prevention Tips

Here are two more tips to help your clients prevent the flu!

MyPlate Vegetable Quiz

This quiz is a fantastic way to teach your clients about the MyPlate vegetable food group. It has information on serving sizes, health benefits, nutrients, preparation, and much more!

MyPlate Fruit Quiz

But wait, there's more! Here's a quiz that covers MyPlate's fruit group...

Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month: Beyond Fresh Produce

It’s time to look beyond fresh produce for Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month. Today that means an exploration of ways to incorporate certain canned and frozen fruits and vegetables into a balanced eating plan.

Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month: Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

Want a closer look at how to select, store, and use frozen veggies? You've come to the right place!

Recipe for Whole Grains Month: Pancakes

Whole grain pancakes can still be fluffy and delicious. They're more filling than traditional pancakes and they have way more nutrients! So why not use them as a way to help your clients learn to appreciate whole grain foods?

Whole Grain Facts

Celebrate Whole Grains Month with some whole grain facts!

September Checklist

Psssssst! Wanna see something neat? Here's a brand-new animated graphic that presents MyPlate's messages for fall. It's perfect for your next email blast or presentation intro!

September Resource Rundown

Looking for some free resources to promote September's monthly themes? Your search is over! Here is a comprehensive list of links to promote the food and health subjects of September. There are fantastic recipes, great photos, PDF handouts, and more...

September 2015

September is a month of fantastic health holidays! Get all the resources you need in order to look your very best, right now. Everything is all in one post...

10 Recipes for Apple Month

I've been cooking with apples for a very long time now, and they play key roles in some of my favorite recipes. So, to inspire you, expand your repertoire, and offer free materials that you can send on to your clients, I have collected my top 10 best apple recipes right here, just for you.

Celebrate Fall with MyPlate!

The first official day of fall is September 23rd, and we're going to celebrate with MyPlate!

Take Control of Your Portions

Portion control is just plain hard, and restaurant servings do not help. Today, because I love you, I am offering a free handout full of great ways to reduce oversized portions and manage a healthful diet. Check it out!

Cooking Skill Workshops

What would you do if you could enlist the help of a professional chef who is also an expert in healthful cooking?

Well, today is your lucky day. You really can get the help of a chef who trained at the Culinary Institute of America and who has spent over 20 years developing amazing techniques and new innovative ideas to improve cooking skills and freshen up old ideas.


Win a Free Nutrition Poster!

What would you do with a free nutrition poster?

No really, what would you do? The question isn't rhetorical because this month, we're giving away a free poster to a lucky contest winner!

Why Try the Mediterranean Diet?

Get a free handout while taking a closer look at the new Mediterranean Diet program...

Fat and Prostate Cancer

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which means that you can get a sneak peek into the Communicating Food For Health members-only site. Today's edition of Cracking the Vault offers a scientific look at the link between fat and prostate cancer...

Happy Anniversary to MiPlato

We all remember that MyPlate's anniversary is in June, but the anniversary of MiPlato, the Spanish edition of MyPlate, can sometimes get forgotten during the back-to-school hustle and bustle. Well, here at Food and Health, we're not about to let that happen. September marks the second anniversary of MiPlato, and we're here to celebrate it!

Cooking Home Run Meals at Home

I am so proud to introduce Home Run Cooking, the latest cookbook from Food and Health Communications. It was truly a labor of love, and I really think you'll like what you see...

Dutch Apple Oatmeal

September is a busy month! In addition to being the start of Apple Month (Apple Month actually gets two months, September and October), it's also Whole Grain Month! So... how will you be celebrating?

3 Facts for Cholesterol Month

September is Cholesterol Month, a perfect time to raise awareness about cholesterol, lifestyle risk factors associated with cholesterol, and ways to reduce the "bad" cholesterol numbers. Here are three key facts about cholesterol that everyone should know...

Cholesterol 101

Today we're taking an excerpt from one of our most popular PowerPoint shows and bringing you the basics of cholesterol education. Learn about the types of cholesterol, the health risks it can pose, and ways to reduce your cholesterol levels...

Apple A Day Savings Add Up!

It's not too late to celebrate Apple Month! We’ve all heard about the effects of an apple a day on the proximity of doctors, but did you ever stop to think about the actual ramifications of eating an apple a day? This single small decision, over the course of a year, can help you reduce calorie consumption, ward off excess weight, and reduce your health risks.

Holiday Survival and Beyond: Play with Cranberries

Thanksgiving is perhaps the only time of year many families eat fresh cranberries. The cranberry growers estimate that 20% of their crop is eaten at the Thanksgiving holiday. Cranberries are high in fiber and vitamin C and contain just 25 calories per 1/2 cup of fresh berries. They are also low in sodium and a source of vitamins A & B, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Packed full of antioxidants and other natural compounds, cranberries promote the prevention of urinary tract infections, gum disease and stomach ulcers. With all this great nutrition, shouldn’t we stop relegating them to just November?

Herb and Garlic Roasted Potatoes

September is Potato Month. How will you celebrate? At Food and Health Communications, we'll be whipping up some of these amazing herb and garlic roasted potatoes. They're a simple and tasty side dish that lend themselves well to all kinds of variation!

Low-Fat Apple Cobbler

Did you know that September is Apple Month? Celebrate with this fantastic recipe for apple cobbler. It's low in calories, fat, and sodium, yet high in flavor and sure to please a crowd!

Coffee or Tea?

It seems that, when given the choice, more Americans choose coffee instead of tea. In this post, we explore scientific studies that indicate why choosing tea might be a more healthful option...

Osteoporosis and Cholesterol

Since it's osteoporosis awareness month, today we're going to talk about the link between cholesterol and osteoporosis. In this article, we explore the growing scientific evidence that suggests that the same type of diet that promotes the hardening of the arteries may also promote osteoporosis. Higher levels of LDL in the blood may not only lead to blocked and calcified arteries but also thinned and decalcified bones.

Fill Half Your Plate With Fruits and Vegetables: Labor Day

Food and Health Communications is proud to be a National Strategic Partner for MyPlate. For Labor Day, we are bringing innovative yet easy ways to serve fruits and veggies so that they will make up half of everyone's plates! We have recipes for a Veggie Face Salad, Ice Bucket Fruits, and our best Fresh Fruit Cobbler, among other ideas.

Happy Birthday To You

My daughter's school principal is requesting ideas for alternative snacks for parents to send
to school to celebrate their child's birthday, rather than the usual cake/brownies, etc. Do you have any
handouts/suggestions that I could use?

Merry Christmas – Virtual Gifts from Our Kitchen to Yours!

Our guests were delighted that they were sampling our "super bowl snack fare" - and much to our delight all of the veggies disappeared! Here are three time-saving, calorie-saving holiday entertaining ideas - from Calorie-Free Holiday Tea (great warm or chilled) to a GingerBread house that saved us a lot of time, mess and calories from baking cookies - plus everyone here got to help!

Turkey Tenderloins – WINNER DINNER!

I found these in the Walmart Superstore and decided to give them a try for dinner - and what a ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Menu Planning for An On-The-Run Week!

Do you ever find yourself running through the grocery store buying the same items you buy each week - with ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications