School Meal Guidelines: What’s Changed?

School Meal Guidelines: What’s Changed?

In 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture, which funds and administers the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP), announced significant interim changes to the school meal program guidelines for the 2017-2018 school year. Prior to this, the last major update to the guidelines had been made in 2012, when …

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School Gardens Help Students Grow, in all the Best Ways

School Gardens Help Students Grow, in all the Best Ways

In schoolyards across the country, something wonderful is happening. Students, teachers, parents, and members of the community are coming together to build school gardens. While they are no doubt beautiful, these gardens are so much more than simply “pretty.” They are helping children develop lifelong skills and healthy habits. In a day and age when …

Lighten Up Your Spring Menu with Yogurt

Lighten Up Your Spring Menu with Yogurt

Is it spring yet? For many New Englanders, it’s hard to believe the first day of spring is one week away while Winter Storm Skylar wages a frigid war with blizzard-like conditions right outside our windows. Although there will likely be snow on the ground for at least another few weeks, spring IS around the …

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❤ Healthy Dairy

❤ Healthy Dairy

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate our loved ones with chocolate, candy and cheesy cards, but it also falls in the middle of American Heart Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease. In America, heart disease remains the number one cause of death and nearly one in three people have high blood …

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Fueling through New Hampshire’s 4000 Footers

Fueling through New Hampshire’s 4000 Footers

I’ve always liked hiking, but it didn’t become a major part of my life until last year. To make a long story short, I decided to hike all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4000-footer mountains before my 30th birthday, giving myself about 15 months (learn more about the NH 4000-footer challenge here). My partner generously agreed …

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Healthful Halloween Night Snacks!

Healthful Halloween Night Snacks!

It’s almost Halloween!   For many children (and adults), October 31st is long-awaited for its spooky festivities and unique traditions. Perhaps the most popular tradition of all, trick-or-treating, has been around for close to one hundred years in the United States. Nowadays, it is common to see grocery stores beginning to stock their shelves with large bags of …

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Hot Chocolate: Simple Tricks to Make it Healthy

Hot Chocolate: Simple Tricks to Make it Healthy

This post was written by staff dietitian Heidi Harkopf, MS, RD. She works in Connecticut as the director of nutrition programs. Warm days, cool nights, and the sound of crunching leaves while I walk my dog. The time has come to switch my afternoon snack from a cold glass of chocolate milk to a mug …

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What Are You Doing for Hunger Action Month?

What Are You Doing for Hunger Action Month?

September is Hunger Action Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness of hunger in America and finding solutions within our communities. Did you know that 1 in 7 Americans struggle with hunger? Of these Americans, 13 million children may not know where their next meal will come from, making it difficult to get the energy and …

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