National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

The National School Lunch ProgramSchool lunch1 is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

GroceryShopping2SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.

Elderly Nutrition Program

The purpose oSenior men drinking tea togetherf the OAA Nutrition Program (OAA Section 330) is to:

  • Friends Having Lunch Together At A RestaurantReduce hunger and food insecurity
  • Promote socialization of older individuals
  • Promote the health and well-being of older individuals and delay adverse health conditions through access to nutrition and other disease prevention and health promotion services.

Congregate Nutrition Services, established in 1972 and Home-Delivered Nutrition Services, established in 1978, provide meals and related nutrition services to older individuals in a variety of settings including congregate facilities such as senior centers; or by home-delivery to older individuals who are homebound due to illness, disability, or geographic isolation. Services are targeted to those in greatest social and economic need with particular attention to low income individuals, minority individuals, those in rural communities, those with limited English proficiency and those at risk of institutional care. Nutrition Services Programs help older individuals to remain independent and in their communities.  Find out more…

MyFitnessPal.com

Losing weight isn’t easy – we know. But with a membership to MyFitnessPal.com, you’ll get the tools you need to successfully take weight off – and keep it off. And best of all, everything on our site is 100% FREE. So put away your credit card – you’ll never have to pay a cent.

At MyFitnessPal.com, we focus on making sure you can log your meals as quickly and easily as possible. Because the easier we make it for you, the more likely you are to stay on track, and the more likely you are to succeed in your weight loss goals.

Gastroesphageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

file9971339962220Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, bile flows back (refluxes) into your food pipe (esophagus). The backwash of acid irritates the lining of your esophagus and causes GERD signs and symptoms.

Lifestyle changes may help reduce the frequency of heartburn. Consider trying to:  See more

Meal Planning for Various Cultures

 

Asian meal planning

Oldways’ Asian Diet Pyramid was developed in 1995 in conjunction with the Cornell-China-Oxford Project on Nutrition, Health and Environment, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Mexican/Hispanic Meal Planning

The Ten Tips Nutrition Education Series provides consumers and professionals with high quality, easy-to-follow tips in a convenient, printable format. These are perfect for posting on a refrigerator.

These tips and ideas are a starting point. You will find a wealth of suggestions here that can help you get started toward a healthy diet. Choose a change that you can make today, and move toward a healthier you. These tips are also available in Spanish.

Meal Planning Tools for Southern Traditional and Mexican-American Patients

Sample Diabetic Meal Plans:  1400 Calorie & 1800 Calorie
 

 

 

 

 

ChooseMyPlate.gov

Meal Planning wtih ChooseMyPlate.gov

The Supertracker feature is a great weight loss tool.  You set up a profile and establish goals.  There are tools to look up nutrition info on the foods you eat, create a food diary and exercise log, and track weight loss.  There is also a report function for monitoring trends and progress to keep people motivated to achieve their goals.  Best of all, it’s free!

The site also has great information for healthcare professionals.  The education materials, nutrition tips, are easy to read and copy well.

Mona Lisa Franco, RD

Home Canning

Canning can be a safe and economical way to preserve quality food at home. Disregarding the value of your labor, canning homegrown food may save you half the cost of buying commercially canned food. Canning favorite and special products to be enjoyed by family and friends is a fulfilling experience and a source of pride for many people.

Information and guides explain many of these problems and recommend ways to successfully do home canning.

Consumer Food Safety

safetomatoFoodSafety.gov is the gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies.

According to the Key Findings of the Food Safety Working Group:

“The federal government will enhance www.foodsafety.gov to better communicate information to the public and include an improved individual alert system allowing consumers to receive food safety information, such as notification of recalls. Agencies will also use social media to expand public communications.”

Selected Federal Agencies with a Role in Food Safety

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serve important roles in ensuring food safety in the United States.safeapple

State Agencies

During an investigation of foodborne illness or a recall, federal government agencies may work with state agencies such as the state department of public health.

Portion Distortion

Do You Know How Food Portions Have Changed in 20 Years?

 

Anyone eating on the run or at restaurants has probably noticed that food portions have gotten larger. Some portions are called “super size,” while others have simply grown in size and provide enough food for at least two people. With this growth have come increases in waistlines and body weight.

 

To see if you know how today’s portions compare to the portions available 20 years ago, quiz yourself on Portion Distortion I (2003) and Portion Distortion II (2004). You will also learn about the amount of physical activity required to burn off the extra calories provided by today’s portions.