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Here are the 16 top posts and nutrition education handouts from 2020

While 2020 goes down in history as the least favorite year because of the pandemic, our team did work very hard to prepare creative, relevant articles and resources for nutrition education. I am proud to provide our "best of 2020" list for health educators.

January started with a focus on plant-based foods after my observation at the 2019 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics "FNCE"  (Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition) where this plant-based food theme populated the exhibition.

Then we saw a pandemic overtake the entire globe at the beginning of the year. And now we see a scramble to avoid inflammation and eat to boost the immune system, based on our post views and your email requests for these topics. The statistics of the virus overtaking those with chronic health conditions bring the value of health to the forefront.

Where are we now? The pandemic is still surging but with vaccines rolling out we will hopefully be back to a little more normal after summer. Over 75% of Americans are overweight. Health educators have an opportunity to shift their focus to getting the nutrients needed in the calories allotted to help folks improve their weight status and health. In some populations that may mean serving nutritious foods on a budget. In others, it might mean lowering the intake of added fats, sugars, and salts by cooking more and focusing on fiber. It probably does mean a shift towards a more plant-based diet.

We do have a new nutrition facts panel to help consumers make the best choices. The new 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are now published. The new MyPlate: Keep It Simple program will focus on making a healthy plate and we will share many new articles and handouts on these great guidelines.

Here are the top articles and handouts from 2020. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Thank you for being our reader!

Best Plant-Based Shopping List Handout

Here is a shopping list that features many delicious ingredients for plant-based meals. Fruit- Choose a variety of fruits in ...
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Family Fun At Home – Mealtime Bucket List

Now that we are all on coronavirus alert or even locked down, it is time to make the most of ...
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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 ...
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Meal Planning Guide

With all the beautiful food photos and recipes that you encounter on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook, it’s easy to become ...
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5 Fast and Easy Cooking Demonstration Ideas

Putting together an engaging and informative cooking demonstration is harder than it seems. You have to be an organizational mastermind ...
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Holiday Health in a Covid Crisis

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in pandemic panic mode for 9+ months with the holidays at our heels. Having ...
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Talkin’ bout that inflammation …

When you hear the word ‘inflammation’, images of elderly people wringing their hands due to arthritis, or the redness and ...
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Nutrition 101: Calories

What is a calorie? A calorie is a unit of measure that determines the amount of heat needed to increase ...
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Your food, your mood

We’ve been discussing how stress eating due to COVID19 (and the depressive effect it’s had on our lives), has impacted ...
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Batch Cooking: Lentils

Lentils are one of my favorite pulses. They cook fast without soaking and are versatile for so many culinary creations ...
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Update: The Scientific Report From The Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee

The next set of Dietary Guidelines for Americans are officially in the works and there are some pretty interesting changes ...
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Your brain, inflamed

We’ve been discussing how inflammation impacts your risk for arthritis, cancer, and heart disease, but most people don’t consider the ...
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Impact of BMI on Health

What is the optimal or ideal body weight? It depends on how you define it. The optimal body weight for ...
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New White Label Newsletter

Today we have created a new way of working with our white label newsletter for our members. This new format ...
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New Year’s Resolution Calendar

At the stroke of midnight on December 31, millions of Americans will resolve to start eating better and /or lose ...
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Stretching Our Protein Dollars – Use Less Meat

The news is filled with heartbreaking stories about workers in the meatpacking plants and their families falling ill with COVID19 ...
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