In this Issue:
  • What’s Shaking…Too Much Salt
  • Roasting Seasonal Vegetables
  • Frozen Foods in the 21st Century
  • Beyond Valentine’s Day: Healthy Communication
  • Florida Saves Week 2017, February 27 – March 4, 2017
  • Put Your Best Fork Forward
  • February is National Snack Food Month
  • Healthy Resolutions: The 5 Things You Should Avoid Eating in 2017
  • VITA 2017
  • Oats…Grain of the Month – Let’s Eat More!
  • January-March 2017

    What’s Shaking…Too Much Salt

    March 10 – 16, 2017 is National Salt Awareness Week. Salt is the main source of sodium in the American diet.  Sodium is a mineral only needed by the body in small amounts.  It is found in foods, mostly as sodium chloride.

    Sodium has an important role in maintaining good health, however, over-consumption of …

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    Roasting Seasonal Vegetables

    Looking for a colorful and fresh side dish? Then you should try roasting your vegetables! Roasted vegetables are quick, easy, and flavorful. When roasted, vegetables become brown and crisp on the outside, making their natural sugars caramelize. This caramelization process makes the vegetables sweet and full of flavor.  An added …

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    Frozen Foods in the 21st Century

    With the mention of a frozen dinner, do you feel nostalgic and think of the options from when you were a child? When was the last time you perused the frozen food section of the grocery store? The freezer aisle now contains over 3,700 different food options, according to the

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    Beyond Valentine’s Day: Healthy Communication

    We hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day last month and you had the opportunity to show a loved one that you care. But what about after Valentine’s Day?

    Healthy communication is one way you can show loved ones, like your significant other, that you respect and value them on a daily …

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    Florida Saves Week 2017, February 27 – March 4, 2017

    Nationally, America Saves Week is an annual opportunity to promote good personal savings behavior!

    More locally, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is collaborating with America Saves in a campaign to help Floridians build wealth, not debt! The Florida Saves, (floridasaves.org) statewide initiative has been officially endorsed …

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    Put Your Best Fork Forward

    National Nutrition Month®  is a month-long nutrition education and information campaign that is put on by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” The idea behind the theme is that every bite counts and that taking small steps to change our eating habits can result …

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    February is National Snack Food Month

    February has been designated National Snack Month by the Snack Food Association of America, and the National Potato Promotion Board.

    As Americans, the one thing that we can all agree on is our love of snacks. Snack sales in the United States top $60 Billion annually. The snack foods that we tend …

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    Healthy Resolutions: The 5 Things You Should Avoid Eating in 2017

    It’s that time of year again – time to make resolutions designed to improve your life to become a happier, healthier, and wealthier person. Unfortunately, some resolutions are not realistic and set us up for failure from the start. A very small percentage of us manage to maintain these lofty resolutions.

    However, there are small …

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    VITA 2017

    In the early 70’s Gary Iskowitz, was doing graduate work as well as teaching tax law while working for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agency. Mr. Iskowitz saw a growing problem with questionable tax preparers who were scamming low-income people in his area. He did not like what he saw! Consequently, he proposed that …

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    Oats…Grain of the Month – Let’s Eat More!

    January’s grain of the month is OATS. Americans buy more oats at this time of year than in any other month – and January has long been celebrated as National Oatmeal Month.

    Oats at a Glance

    Samuel Johnson’s 1755 dictionary defined oats as “A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but …

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