Nutrition

Program Contact: Lizann Powers Hammond, Food & Nutrition
(509) 735-3551 • powers@wsu.edu

Stay active, eat well and live healthy!

It’s a goal many of us have, but struggle to achieve each day. WSU Extension of Benton & Franklin Counties would like to help by providing you with research based educational materials and links to start you on your way to a healthier, happier you!

Have fun, eat together!

Although nutritious food is important, children and teenagers report that what they like about family meals is the mealtime conversation. They like having time to share, find out what others have been doing, and to laugh. Families make eating together memorable in many ways. Some families have candlelight dinners. Others shop together so that each person can select a vegetable for family soup that they make and eat together. Some try foods from other countries. Others celebrate and share family memories around a traditional family recipe. Whether your family meal is quick and easy or more elaborate, make it nutritious and make it fun by enjoying each other’s company as you share a meal.

myplate_yellowLet’s eat for the health of it

ChooseMyPlate.gov offers practical strategies to make healthy food choices for you and your family. Learn about balancing calories, foods to reduce, foods to increase, as well as how to increase physical activity in your daily life. Even small changes can make a difference!  The following fact sheets are a small sampling of the USDA’s 10 Tips Nutritional Education series. See the full list of fact sheets here.  These resources are also available in Spanish here.

Tips for Families

 

Take the Pledge -- Become a MyPlate Champion.

Pledge to be a MyPlate Champion by choosing healthy foods from the five food groups to keep your body and mind healthy and active.  Learn more at MyPlate Kids’ Place.  There are games, activity sheets, videos, songs and recipes to help children (and parents) learn about healthy lifestyles.

Kids.gov has great exercise and nutrition information broken down by age group.  The simple kid-friendly format allows children to learn healthy habits while reading, playing games, watching videos.

Nutrition.gov