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Food, Nutrition, Health Observances Calendar for September 2015


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

National Food Weeks


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

Anniversary of Spanish MiPlato








India Teacher's Day




Time for Lunch Campaign

Labor Day












Celiac Awareness Day

Fortune Cookie Day
















World Alzheimer's Day








Family Health & Fitness Day


World Heart Day


Eat at Home Family Day




National Coffee Day


Time for Yoga


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.

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!

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.


10 Free Nutrition Handouts

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

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…

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!

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!

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 Silver, MS, RD, from Lowes Foods, for her request for pear recipes and ideas.We believe …

Turkey Tenderloins – WINNER DINNER!

I found these in the Walmart Superstore and decided to give them a try for dinner – and what a winner!! They were eaten so fast I couldn’t get a picture of the finished meal …

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 no idea as to what you are going to make for dinner during the week, … |