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Food, Nutrition, Health Observances Calendar for April 2020


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10 Free Nutrition Handouts

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

April 2022

Yes, we're still in the throes of Nutrition Month, but if you happen to have a free moment, now is the perfect time to prepare for April!

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...

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.

Bite of the Week: Garlic Tips for Garlic Month!

April is Garlic Month, so in today's Bite of the Week, I want to share a few tips to help your clients really connect with this versatile vegetable... 

Positive Resolutions: Go for Fruit

April is the fourth month of our Positive Resolutions for 2021 project. This project has been available exclusively to members, but I've been so excited about it that I want to share it more widely, which is why our post for April is available to all!

MyPlate Exploration: Beans and Peas

The exploration of MyPlate vegetable subgroups continues with beans and peas! Get all the details about their nutrient profiles and impact n health, along with great free recipes that feature beans and peas...

April 2021

It's time for the April 2021 newsletter and oh my goodness, we have so many great resources for you!

MyPlate Exploration: Red and Orange Vegetables

Remember the Flavor Exploration series from 2014? In that collection, we took an in-depth look at amazing flavor powerhouses, examining their nutrient content, impact on health, history, and culinary uses. Now it's time to do the same thing with MyPlate's subgroups, starting with vegetables.

April 2020

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Radishes Rejoice!

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Making Family Mealtime Successful

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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...

April 2019

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Easter Rabbit Salad

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

MyPlate Exploration: Starchy Vegetables

It's that special time again! What time? Why time for the next installment of the MyPlate Exploration Series! Today we're going to take a closer look at the starchy vegetable subgroup of MyPlate.

2019 Food and Nutrition Hot Topics and New Theme Finder

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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!

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!

April 2018

April is just around the corner, and I've got you covered! Check out the newest nutrition newsletter, packed with resources to make your job easier...

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!

Spring MyPlate Tips

Now that spring is officially here, it's time to look at what the season has to offer in terms of everyone's favorite food graphic. Here are a few of our top MyPlate tips for spring...

Cancer and Eating Pattern Factsheet

Diet and cancer: is there a link?

Kitchen Hack: Making Cooking at Home Easier

As I mentioned last week, one of the central themes of National Nutrition Month 2017 is to "Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients." Today I want to share a way to make cooking at home easier and more fun...

By Popular Demand: 25 Ingredients, 15 Meals

And now, by popular demand, I'd like to present a guide to making 15 different meals with only 25 ingredients...

3 Tips for Experimenting with Healthful Ingredients

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, one of the keys to National Nutrition Month this year is to "Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients." Let's talk more about that, shall we?

April 2017

Are you ready for April? Don't miss these member-exclusive resources!

Five a Day? Double it for Best Health!

You’ve likely heard the recommendation to eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables daily for best health. New advice is leaning more towards eating 5 servings of each...

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...

Handout of the Week: Beans Instead of Beef

As I was putting together the member-exclusive February newsletter, I stumbled upon this handout that I thought might be useful for you...

New Series: Kitchen Hacks

Today I want to start a new series: Kitchen Hacks. In this series, I'll share the tips and tricks I've learned while spending years in kitchens all across the United States. These will be fun tidbits for cooking demonstrations, recipe inspiration, email blasts, handouts, presentations, activities -- however you'd like to use them!

Happy Soy Foods Month!

Celebrate Soy Foods Month with this collection of soy facts and recipe inspiration!

Cancer Control Month: 3 Ways to Reduce Your Risk

In honor of Cancer Control Month, we are cracking the vault and offering a sneak peek at exclusive member content. The handout featured below comes straight from the April 2015 edition of Communicating Food for Health and it's all about reducing your risk of cancer...

Cheese 101

It all started as a reader request...

Free Cooking Substitution Infographic

Making simple changes in the kitchen can have big results. Making that lesson clear and memorable for your clients, on the other hand can be a bit tricky.

That's why my team and I have made a brand-new infographic that highlights ways to make healthful substitutions in order to save calories in the kitchen.

Raspberry Beet Cheesecake

I could not be more excited about this incredible dessert, which I first developed for the Nutrition Month Communicating Food for Health newsletter last year. Ever since its debut, rave reviews have been pouring in. So I decided it was long past time to offer you a free handout with this recipe.

4 Tips for Healthful Cooking

I've got 4 tried-and-true tips for healthful cooking, and I want to share them with you today! These tips all come from dietitians and scientific studies, and each tip has been rigorously tested by my team and me. Ready to see them for yourself?

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.


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.

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.

Grilled Chicken and Chard

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Favorite Favas

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!

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!

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

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

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

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

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.