The 10 Best Nutrition and Health Posts of 2016

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As the year draws to a close, we want to look back for a moment at the top posts and most useful resources that we created for you in 2016...

The top post was Free MyPlate Materials, which featured a collection of printable MyPlate handouts, photos, posters, puzzles and games. This is still a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to help their clients build a more healthful and balanced eating pattern.

Following closely on its heels was post #2, a Nutrition Facts Label Update. This post is full of all the details about the new food label that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized, including how the new label will highlight calories and serving size, how to read these new labels, and when the labels will actually hit products on store shelves.

The next post in line is another news update, this time about the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which was released in the early part of 2016. Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020: The News About Sugar focuses on a topic near and dear to our hearts -- sugar and health.

The new Dietary Guidelines were an extremely hot topic this year, as evidenced by the next few posts as well. A Dietitian's Take on the New Dietary Guidelines for Americans offered a look at 4 key changes to the guidelines for health educators to notice, a collection of helpful tools for teachers, and an analysis of the main themes of the guidelines, all from Lynn Grieger, RDN, CDE, CPT, CWC.

The next most popular post was on a topic near and dear to all of our hearts -- National Nutrition Month. The post Handout for Nutrition Month featured tips for eating mindfully and making informed choices, along with a devastatingly popular printable handout. Have you used your copy yet?

And now we're back to the Dietary Guidelines. The next post was an overview of some of the most important lessons from the newest edition of the guidelines. It was titled The 2015 Dietary Guidelines: Eating Patterns, and in it you'll find key elements of healthful eating patterns, added sugar limits, an exploration of what a varied diet looks like, and a free handout!

The fun continues in the post Dietary Guidelines for Americans Resources: A Collectionwhich presents all the new resources my team and I created to support your lessons about the guidelines in one handy place! Were there any resources that might be useful again for you now?

Now let's change gears for a moment and talk about healthful meals in more depth. The next most popular nutrition post of 2016 was Healthy Meal Pattern Makeovers. This post featured a remix of popular breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks to make them more balanced and healthful. Beth Rosen, MS, RD, CDN lent her considerable talents to this post, and it's one you'll want to be sure not to miss.

Speaking of balanced eating, the next post covers some highlights of MyPlate, another fantastic resource for educators. Choose MyPlate Printable Handout is just as useful a guide as it was when it was first published earlier this year. The PDF handout that comes with the post features tips and tricks for keeping your meals healthy while exploring the health impact of a diet that aligned with MyPlate's recommendations.

And, as a grand finale, the last top post of 2016 was 3 Interactive MyPlate Activities. After multiple reader requests, I put together a fun MyPlate sticker pack for the Nutrition Education Store. In that post, I decided that the activities were simply too fun to miss, so I offered a sneak peek at them on the blog, for free!

To celebrate as 2016 draws to a close, I also want to share the top free handout that my team and I created this year. How will you use your copy?

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And here are some of the top nutrition and health education materials that my team and I created for the Nutrition Education Store this year! How will you use them to make your life easier?

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