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Luck O' The Irish Soda Bread

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  Can you feel spring peeking its head around the corner? I sure can, and I think we can all agree that we are looking forward to warmer weather! One of my favorite almost-Spring milestones is of course, St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone becomes Irish for the day. What comes to mind for me are the m...
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How Sweet is Your Heart?

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Heart disease is multi-factorial, with many factors that contribute to it, such as diet, physical activity level, tobacco use, genetics—and our sugar intake. Sugar is a carbohydrate that is present in many foods we eat.  Sugar can either be a natural component of food, like in fruits and dairy or it...
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Piecing Together the Nutrition Puzzle

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Let’s Fill in the Missing PiecesEducating your students can feel a lot like putting together a puzzle; sometimes there are some missing pieces along the way. So how can you help students to connect the dots between nutrition, activity and achievement and close the gaps? By integrating foodservice an...
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Show Your Heart Some Love

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  February is American Heart Month – how are you showing your support?   Here at Whitsons, we love to show our support of heart health by hosting a “Wear Red Day” every year in support of the prevention and treatment of heart disease in women—the No. 1 leading killer of American women. This year...
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Chia Seeds: Not Just for Clay Statues Anymore!

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  I’ve been bombarded with information and recommendations for adding chia seeds to my diet, and I finally got around to researching and trying it this week. Now I get why everyone is talking about it! Most famously known as the seeds that sprout on clay statue heads to create green fuzz, chia s...
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Are You Ready for Some FOODball?

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The most exciting football game of the season, the Super Bowl XLVIII, is right around the corner. Literally, too; the MetLife Stadium is hosting the first cold weather, outdoor stadium Super Bowl game. Super Bowl Sunday is the day to get together with friends to watch the game, halftime show (Bruno ...
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Warming Up with Winter Meals

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  With snowmen and snowflakes abound, January is the perfect month to stock up on comfort foods that help us stay warm and cozy on even the coldest of winter nights. If you're anything like me, you'll agree that nothing is better than snuggling up by the fire with a warm cup of tea, or a freshly ma...
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The Fight Against Malnourishment

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89% is a Failing Grade When it Comes to Nutrition Gaps This chart, based on findings by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, indicates that teenage girls (aged 12-19) are the most nutritionally deficient, up to 89% lacking in critical nutrients such as Calcium, Folate, Magnesium, Vitamin A, I...
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Boost Your Immune System...Naturally

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  Winter is a season known for many things: blizzards, snow angels, gifts, cold temps, hot chocolate, school closings…and sickness. Not to sound pessimistic, but for many of us, it’s just a matter of time before the coughs, sneezes, chills, runny noses, fevers and sore throats manage to get the bes...
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Resolve to Commit

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  New Year's Resolutions are cliché…not because people make them, but because we tend to always break them. Why is that? We set off with the best of intentions. For example, we pledge to end some kind of bad habit, be more of something, reach a goal—but by February, we fall flat on the promises we ...
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Nutrition as a Building Block to Success

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    Nutrition Is the Foundation for Educational Achievement Who knew when Maslow developed the Hierarchy of Needs, that he had your school lunch program in mind? His premise? “One must satisfy lower level basic needs before progressing on to meet higher level growth needs.1” Before a student can...
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To Stuff...Or Not to Stuff

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  With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is in full swing – which begs the annual question: Do I enjoy the festivities and food and brave that 15-lb gain warning, or do I just say “No?” Well how about saying, “Yes” AND “No?” Try moderation! You could simply choose to say, well I love this...
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Make Time for Exercise

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  We all have busy schedules; between work, family obligations, and whatever time remains after that for a social life, who has time to add physical activity to their daily routine—especially in the colder months ahead and with the holidays just around the corner?   It isn’t that difficult to mak...
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The Truth About Hunger

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Hunger Exists in Our Own Backyards Children across the world suffer from hunger—not just in third world countries, but also in the most affluent communities in the United States. What many do not realize is how many children in prominent areas actually go hungry daily. The USDA has documented that...
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Living with Celiac Disease

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  It has been 15 years since my husband was diagnosed with Celiac Disease (CD). When we received the results from the biopsy confirming that he did indeed have CD, we were told that they virtually had no information; no one to refer us to and good luck.   We spent hours researching on the interne...
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Cafe Collaboration Pays Off

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  As we continue to implement the requirements of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA), we are doing some great things out there. We are educating children in the importance of eating healthy and we are making it fun! Great job! But now let’s ask ourselves: How can we make it even better??   ...
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Put Your Pumpkin Where Your Mouth Is

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  Tis the season for all things pumpkin: pumpkin lattes, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffins. Some of these items are better than others—I do not recommend a pumpkin bagel. The list of ‘pumpkin’ flavored items seems to abound endlessly, but very few things are actual...
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Get Connected!

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  I know for myself, I am always looking for a new learning adventure. I love to get involved in professional organizations because I get to meet so many new people, learn new ideas and feel like I am part of a bigger plan to make a difference. One of the associations I am involved with is the SNA ...
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Festive Fall Salsa

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  A sprinkling of culture. A dash of spice. Anyone who knows me, knows just how much I love adding a little color, flavor and zest into my weekly routine.   So, you can imagine when I discovered that our newly created wellness program, “Living Well with Whitsons,” was hosting a pico de gallo...
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Back to School Haze…Um, Days

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So who is with me in the struggle of getting back into a routine after a more relaxed summer schedule? Yes, I know, it is two weeks in already – more than that for some – and still, I just can’t seem to adjust yet to the groove. I have two younger kids, so it’s back to picking out clothes (is it gym...
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