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Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise

Title Summary Date ID Author(s)
20 Ways to Save at the Grocery Store Nov 11, 2013 348-722 (HNFE-172NP)
Applying Cost Benefit Analysis to Nutrition Education Programs: Focus on the Virginia Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program May 1, 2009 490-403
Be Active Your Way Sep 19, 2013 HNFE-155NP
Be Heart Smart! Eat Foods Lower in Saturated Fats and Cholesterol

Food plays a big part in the lives of most Southerners. Good food and celebrations go hand in hand. Yet, popular ways of frying foods and using fats for seasoning can increase your risk for clogged arteries and heart disease.

May 1, 2009 348-735
Building Healthy Meals Together Jul 7, 2014 HNFE-111NP
Calcium: Build Strong Bones

Calcium is an important nutrient for your body and for your health. Calcium helps your heart, muscles, and nerves function. It is also important for bone health.

May 1, 2009 348-019
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/Virginia Cooperative Extension Action Plan/Implementation Guidelines for Implementing, "Common Ground" Jul 11, 2013 VCE-130NP
Common Ground: Why Should University Faculty Partner with Virginia Cooperative Extension? Jul 11, 2013 VCE-156NP
Community Foods: Local Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food Sep 19, 2013 HNFE-156NP
Cook Together. Eat Together. Talk Together. Jul 7, 2014 HNFE-113NP
Drink for Your Health Sep 18, 2013 HNFE-165NP
EFNEP Programs CBA Fact Sheet

In 1996, the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, United States Department of Agriculture (CSREES, USDA) issued a national Request for Proposals (RFP) to conduct a cost benefit analysis (CBA) of nutrition education programs, with emphasis on the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).

May 1, 2009 360-096
Eat Well, Age Well: Smart Carbohydrate Choices

Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel. They give us energy to use or to be stored to use later.
Most carbohydrate foods also have health-giving vitamins and minerals 

Aug 5, 2011 2903-7027
Energy Drinks: Are They Healthy for Children? Mar 17, 2014 HNFE-183P
Enjoy Your Food But Eat Less Sep 19, 2013 HNFE-166NP
Enjoy sweet treats - but eat LESS of them! Jan 22, 2014 HNFE-186NP
FRUIT: How Much Do I Need? Jan 31, 2014 348-720 (HNFE-173NP)
Families Taking Charge: Eating Well for Less May 1, 2009 354-105
Family Nutrition Program Adult SNAP-ED Lesson Log (formerly VCE publication 360-023) Jan 26, 2012 HNFE-7
Family Nutrition Program Family Record Aug 24, 2011 360-095
Family Nutrition Program Volunteer Program Registration Form Dec 12, 2014 360-091 (HNFE-254NP)
Food Diaries: Get in Control! Sep 23, 2013 HNFE-162NP
Food Safety Saves Lives Sep 19, 2013 HNFE-157NP
Freezing Fruits and Vegetables

Freezing extends the shelf life of food. Blanching food before freezing prevents the enzymes in foods from affecting the quality of the foods during storage.

May 1, 2009 348-596
Fruits and Veggies Jul 7, 2014 HNFE-112NP
Go Local, Virginia

Buying and eating locally grown foods – foods that are produced near you or in Virginia – offer numerous benefits for you and your community.

May 1, 2009 348-127
Group Attendance Log Feb 21, 2014 360-009 (HNFE-194NP)
Healthier Choices for Happier Lives Sep 23, 2013 HNFE-168NP
Healthy Eating for Children Ages 2 to 5 Years Old: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Rapid growth and development occurs during the preschool years, ages 2 through 5. A child grows about 2 to 3 inches and gains 4 to 5 pounds each year. Proper nutrition and opportunities to play and be physically active are critical to ensuring your child grows properly, learns to enjoy nutritious foods, and adopts healthy behaviors for maximum development and lifelong health.

This publication covers various topics of interest to parents and caregivers of young children and gives an overview of optimal feeding practices.

Dec 13, 2013 348-150 (HNFE-105P)
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids, Smart Activities Lesson, Experience: Activitudes Dec 13, 2011 348-998
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids, Smart Activities Lesson, Experience: Calorie Countdown Dec 13, 2011 348-999
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids: What Is a Healthy Weight?

There is no one healthy weight for all children. Children come in different sizes and shapes. Some children are naturally petite. Others have bigger builds, larger bones, or greater muscle mass that can result in a heavier weight. They also grow at different rates. Any weight that supports growth, learning, development, fitness, and well-being can be a healthy weight.

Dec 10, 2014 348-270 (HNFE-213P)
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids: What Should I Do if My Child Has a Poor Body Image?

It is important to promote a positive body image among youth since it can influence their concept of self worth, as well as confidence.

May 1, 2009 348-272
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids: What Should I Do if My Child Is Overweight?

If your child is overweight, he or she is not alone. Overweight and obesity are growing at epidemic rates among American children and teens. The rate has tripled in 30 years and is expected to rise. In 2012, 18 percent of children ages 6 to 11 and 20 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 19 were considered obese.

Dec 10, 2014 348-273 (HNFE-215P)
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids: What Should I Do if My Child Is Underweight?

Being underweight is not the same as being thin or slender. Some children have a naturally slight build and maintain it with a well-balanced diet and physical activity. This is normal and healthy. However, true underweight may be a sign of dietary, health, or emotional problems.

May 1, 2009 348-271
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Activities Lesson Experience: Laborsaving Devices Dec 13, 2011 349-001
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Activities Lesson, Experience: Activity Charades Dec 13, 2011 348-996
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Choices Lesson Experience: Tongue-Tastic Dec 14, 2011 349-018
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Drinks Lesson Experience: Be a Drink Detective Dec 14, 2011 349-010
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Drinks Lesson Experience: Mix It Up Dec 14, 2011 349-011
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Drinks Lesson Plans Experience: Filter-Buster Dec 14, 2011 349-012
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Foods Lesson Experience: Color Your Plate Dec 14, 2011 349-015
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Foods Lesson Experience: Nutrient Navigation Dec 14, 2011 349-013
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Foods Lesson Experience: Planning a Healthy Plate Dec 14, 2011 349-014
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Image Lesson Experience: What’s Important Is Inside Dec 14, 2011 349-006
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Image Lesson Experience: What’s “Normal” Supposed to Look Like Anyway? Dec 14, 2011 349-009
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Image Lesson Experience: You Can’t Judge a Book by its Cover Dec 14, 2011 349-008
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Image Lesson Plans Experience: Body Positive Dec 14, 2011 349-007
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Snacks Lesson Experience: Commercializing Ourselves Dec 13, 2011 349-005
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Snacks Lesson Experience: Grazing on Grains Dec 13, 2011 349-004
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Snacks Lesson Experience: Label Literacy Dec 13, 2011 349-002
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids; Smart Snacks Lesson Experience: Sandwich Something Dec 13, 2011 349-003
Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids;Smart Choices Lesson Experience: Sense of Time Dec 14, 2011 349-017
Heart Healthy Eating: Cholesterol, Fat, Fiber, & Sodium May 1, 2009 348-898
Herbs and Spices May 1, 2009 348-907
Here's To Your Family's Health

Your family’s health is very important. Lifestyle choices greatly affect your family’s health. It is up to you to
make wise nutrition and health choices for yourself and your family.

May 1, 2009 348-025
Household Water Quality: Emergency Supplies of Water for Drinking and Food Preparation

When preparing for a disaster, it is important to provide for an adequate supply of water for drinking and cooking. In natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, or earthquakes, the municipal water supply is likely to be disrupted. Ice storms and other emergencies can cause a loss of electrical power, leaving well pumps unable to function.

May 1, 2009 356-479
How Can I Use My EBT Card at the Farmers Market Sep 19, 2013 HNFE-167NP
Increasing Your Physical Activity Sep 19, 2013 HNFE-158NP
Información Esencial Sobre la Seguridad de los Alimentos: Una Guía Para Padres y Proveedores de Cuidado de Niños

Los microbios o bacterias pueden ser benefíciales pero también perjudiciales. Los alimentos pueden tener microbios buenos y malos. Las bacterias “buenas” tales como las bacterias en el yogurt nos ayudan a digerir alimentos y la levadura que nos ayuda a preparar alimentos como el pan. Los microbios o bacteria “malas” pueden causarnos enfermedades. Para los niños pequeños, las bacterias malas pueden ser especialmente dañinas porque ellos todavía están formando su sistema de defensas o sistema inmunológico.

May 26, 2009 348-653S
Iron: Build Strong Blood

Iron is an important nutrient for your body and for your health. It helps your cells “breathe.” Iron works with protein to make the hemoglobin in red blood cells.

May 1, 2009 348-371
Keep You and Your Family Lean with Lean PROTEIN

You may already know that muscles are made up of protein, but so many other important parts of the human body need protein too. That’s why protein is so important for normal growth and development.

Jul 30, 2014 348-672 (HNFE-202NP)
Keeping your Food and Family Safe Sep 18, 2013 HNFE-146NP
Kid Tested and Approved Sep 19, 2013 HNFE-159NP
Kids Kitchen: Chefs in the Kitchen Oct 19, 2010 348-470
Kids Kitchen: Play it Safe!

Cooking in the kitchen can be a lot of fun! Cooking in the kitchen can also be dangerous with hot ovens, sharp knives, and boiling water. Always ask an adult before you go into the kitchen to cook. Ask an adult what you can do alone and what you need help with. Learn and follow the safety rules of the kitchen to keep yourself and others safe while in the kitchen.

Oct 18, 2010 348-860
Kids Kitchen: Scope Out Sugar

A worksheet on sugar.

Oct 19, 2010
Kids Kitchen: Sneaky Sodium

Sodium is a necessary part of our diet. Sodium helps our bodies keep the right amount of water, 

but we only need a little bit. 

The most common form of sodium is found in table salt, which is called sodium chloride. Most foods naturally have at least a small amount of sodium in them. Processed foods, on the other hand, have much more. Sodium is an cheap way to add flavor and to keep foods fresh longer.

Oct 19, 2010 348-827
Kids Kitchen: Start Your Engine!

Did you know your body is just like a car? Both need fuel to run! A car needs gas to make it go and you need food to make you go. Your body burns food just like a car burns fuel. Food you eat provides you with nutrients that help your body work right. The most important meal of the day is breakfast. It is the best time to re-fuel your engine. 

Aug 2, 2011 348-456
Kids Kitchen: What Is Fat?

Fat is a necessary part of a healthy diet. It is found in some foods like nuts, oils, butter, and meats like beef. Fat is not a bad food. Instead of avoiding fat, you should try to include a little bit of fat at each meal. Dietary fat provides the most calories compared to protein foods and carbohydrate foods. You, as a kid, especially need a certain amount of fat in your diet so that your brain and nervous system develop correctly. Fat also helps protect your organs and helps your body absorb essential vitamins!

Oct 19, 2010 348-826
Kids Kitchen: Which cereal should I eat?

Circle the cereal below that is the healthiest choice. Hints: Look at the number of sugar grams per serving. Choose the lower amount. Also look at the ingredients list and try to find a cereal that has whole grains listed as the first ingredient. Don’t pick a cereal that lists sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or any other word that means sugar as the first ingredient.

Oct 19, 2010
Kids Kitchen: Whole Grains

Fiber is very important to everyone’s diet. It helps keep the digestive system healthy. Fiber also helps you feel full longer. It can hold off hunger for longer than junk foods or other foods that are low in fiber. This is great because you don’t have to eat as many empty calories (junk food) to feel full.

Usually, fiber is easy to find – whether it is in a whole-grain product or not. To make sure you know how much fiber you are eating, check out the food label. Choose foods that have at least 3 grams of fiber per serving.

Oct 18, 2010 348-837
Kids, Food, and Electronic Media

What consequences can electronic media use have on children? The consequences are wide-ranging and can be both positive and negative.

May 1, 2009 348-008
Know Your Cholesterol Number

Are you “Heart Healthy?” Do you know your cholesterol numbers? Do you know the new cholesterol guidelines? Your first step to heart healthy living is to assess your risk.

May 1, 2009 348-018
Let’s Move! Enjoy Moving as a Family Jul 7, 2014 HNFE-122NP
Make Healthier Choices While Eating Fast Food Sep 18, 2013 HNFE-147NP
Making MyPlate Your Plate Sep 20, 2013 HNFE-169NP
Milk Matters Jul 7, 2014 HNFE-88NP
Mom: The Decision Maker Sep 18, 2013 HNFE-149NP
Move More Your Way Sep 20, 2013 HNFE-171NP
Moving More Everyday, Everywhere Sep 19, 2013 HNFE-154NP
Nonnutritive Sweeteners: Are They Safe? Oct 24, 2013 HNFE-140P
Nourishing Children with Books May 1, 2009 348-950
Pescados y Mariscos en Virginia - Inocuos y Nutritivos Jan 12, 2010 348-961S
Planning For Carried Meals

Even if foods can be heated at work on a burner, in an oven, or in a microwave, carried meals need cool temperatures until meal time.

May 1, 2009 348-014
Planning Healthy Meals at Home Sep 18, 2013 HNFE-150NP
Popular Diets: If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is Dec 6, 2013 HNFE-141P
SMART Goals Sep 20, 2013 HNFE-163NP
Safe and Nutritious Seafood in Virginia May 1, 2009 348-961
Shopping on a Budget Sep 19, 2013 HNFE-151NP
Sink Those Germs! Food Safety Jul 7, 2014 HNFE-121NP
Smart Activities Lesson, Experience: Silly Songs Dec 13, 2011 348-997
Soybean Choices and Challenges for Your Family

What do you know about soybeans? Research on soybeans is showing exciting health benefits for all family
members. This publication focuses on three topics that will help you enjoy the health benefits of soybeans.

May 1, 2009 348-040
Spice It Up!

How do you get your family to the table and keep them healthy? Slash the fat. Shake the salt habit. Replace the sugar, fat, and salt in your favorite foods with spices and herbs. They will keep your family coming back to the table for healthy and tasty meals.

Nov 25, 2013 348-739 (HNFE-176NP)
Sports Drinks: Are They Necessary for My Child? Nov 18, 2013 HNFE-142P
Stretch Your Dollar, Switch to Water Sep 20, 2013 HNFE-161NP
Take Charge of Your Child's Health Mar 17, 2014 360-303 (HNFE-197NP)
The Color of Health Sep 19, 2013 HNFE-152NP
The Diet and Cancer Connection

One out of every three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some time. Cancer affects three of every four families.

May 1, 2009 348-141
The Low-Carbohydrate Craze: Is it a healthy way to lose weight?

This fact sheet provides an overview of two of the most popular diets, along with the pros and cons of weight loss and health with these diets.

May 1, 2009 348-351
The Nitty-Gritty of Food Safety: A Guide for Parents and Childcare Providers Feb 2, 2012 FST-11
Tips for Eating Out Sep 20, 2013 HNFE-170NP
Trade Up for Healthier Options Sep 20, 2013 HNFE-164NP
Trans Fats and the Food Label

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a leading cause of death in the United States, with cholesterol being a major factor. Research has shown that high cholesterol can be the result of eating a diet with too much saturated fat and cholesterol. The latest research shows that another fat, trans fat (also called trans fatty acids), also raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol levels.

May 1, 2009 348-350
Understanding Pre-harvest Sprouting of Wheat May 11, 2009 424-060
Use Your EBT (food stamp) Card at Your Local Virginia Farmers Market! Jan 23, 2014 HNFE-62NP
Vegetables: How Much Do I Need?

Vegetables are good for you. They are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and thousands of powerful things called antioxidants and phytochemicals. These things give vegetables their color, flavor, and smell. And, when you eat them, they also protect you from many different diseases like heart disease and cancer. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. The more color the better. Try to eat at least 3 different colors of vegetables each day.

Jan 31, 2014 348-721 (HNFE-174NP)
Wash Hands: Fight Disease-Causing Germs

Failure to adequately wash hands is a major cause of infectious diseases.

May 1, 2009 348-965
Water for Your Waistline AND Your Wallet Jan 22, 2014 HNFE-185NP
We Eat Different Parts of the Plant

Foods we eat that are roots:








sweet potato



May 26, 2009 348-823
What's On a Label? Jul 16, 2012 348-737 (HNFE-44NP)
Whole Grains Jul 7, 2014 HNFE-76NP
Whole Grains for Your Whole Family Sep 19, 2013 HNFE-160NP
You Are What You Eat: Lessons in Labeling Sep 19, 2013 HNFE-153NP