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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Creating Healthy and Active Celebrations

Spring is here! And so are celebrations such as graduations, weddings, birthdays, and family gatherings. These celebrations are a great opportunity for families and friends to get together. If you are hosting a party this spring, there are several things you can do to create healthy, active, and low cost celebrations.


Plan It Healthy

Food is a big part of any celebration. The foods you serve at a party can be healthy, without your guests even knowing it. Here are a few simple, low cost ideas:

Monday, April 11, 2016

Passport to Flavor: Hmong 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 second guest blogger is Shirley Vang, a SNAP-Ed educator with University of Minnesota Extension who will be sharing her perspective on the Hmong culture.

Hello, my name is Shirley Vang. I have worked for Extension for two years. I was born and raised in the United States, but my parents are from Laos and Thailand. Growing up, I ate foods from their homeland as well as American food. I grew up eating the best of both worlds!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Eating Wisely Away from Home is as Easy as Telling Time

When you're away from home, eating wisely can be an extra challenge. With a little thought and planning, however, choosing healthy foods and keeping portions under control when you're on the go can be as easy as telling time.

The first step to avoid overeating away from home is to choose the smallest plate size available. This will guide you to take smaller portions, while making you think the portions are bigger. (Actually, this trick works when you're at home, too.)
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