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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A New Look at School Lunches

By Mary Schroeder, Extension Educator — Health and Nutrition

Have you eaten a school lunch lately? Most adults have not eaten school meals since, well...since they were in school.

Meals served in schools today include a larger variety of fruits, vegetables, and entrées than when most of us were kids. Many schools also provide fruit and salad bars bars to encourage students to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Passport to Flavor: Native American Traditions

This month, we continue our “Passport to Flavor” series that explores different cultures and their food traditions. We hope you find this information useful in your work with children and families from various cultures, as well as a source of ideas on how to teach children about other cultures.

Our third guest blogger is Deanna Beaulieu, a SNAP-Ed educator with University of Minnesota Extension who will be sharing her perspective on the Native American culture and foods.

Aaniin (Hello). My name is Deanna Beaulieu. I was born and raised in Minneapolis and am enrolled member of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation While I was growing up, I enjoyed spending summers with my grandmother by Leech Lake. My grandmother would tell me, “It doesn’t matter where you are from. It’s what’s in your heart that matters.” Although I live in Minneapolis, I belong to the land up north — that is where my heart lives.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Here's How You Can Help Reduce Food Waste

Image credit: ChooseMyPlate.Gov

By Mary Schroeder, Extension Educator -- Health and Nutrition

Did you know that $90 billion of edible food in the United States goes to waste each year? That's the weight of 123 Empire State Buildings!

The amount of food waste is a growing concern. Wasted food items make up the single largest component of items going to landfills, but many foods tossed out are still safe to eat. Fortunately, people are making system changes in producing, processing, storing, and preparing foods to reduce waste. But there are things you can do to cut food waste at home, too. Following are some tips on that from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website.
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