Nutrition & Healthy Living

The USDA is responsible for providing a safety net for millions of Americans who are food-insecure and for developing and promoting dietary guidance based on scientific evidence.

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🍽️ Food security means access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life!

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has more:

Food access, consumption, demand, diet & nutrition, obesity, and more from the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS):

Make Tasty, Affordable Holiday Menus with SNAP-Ed Connection recipes! All recipes meet the USDA's MyPlate Kitchen Criteria.

This guide can help you explore different fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Seasonal produce in your area will vary by growing conditions and weather.

Use the USDA's MyPlate tool to find cost-saving opportunities in your local area and discover new ways to prepare budget-friendly foods. Open Shop Simple with MyPlate on your phone, tablet, or computer. 
 

 

FNS administers 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including WIC, SNAP, and school meals.

The child nutrition programs are administered by the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

Healthy food choices don't have to cost a lot. Use the Shop Simple with MyPlate to discover new ways to prepare budget-friendly foods!

SNAP-Ed teaches people to shop for and cook healthy meals. SNAP-Ed can help people learn how to make their SNAP dollars stretch.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

WIC is the third largest USDA domestic food and nutrition assistance program

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is designed for nutrition and health professionals to help individuals (ages 2 years and older) and families to consume a healthful and nutritionally adequate diet.

Product information and recipes for USDA Foods available to households through the FDPIR, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), and TEFAP.

The USDA's food and nutrition assistance programs help address the needs of low-income Americans. ERS examines how income, income volatility, and participation in various food and nutrition assistance programs:

 

Other Resources From Our Nutrition & Healthy Living Community Partners:  

A new healthy lifestyle is a big deal, especially if you're struggling financially. 13 million+ Americans were food insecure at some point during 2019 but MoneyGeek.com has food assistance resources:

Healthy Eating Choices for Seniors with Diabetes 🍠

Managing diabetes through lifestyle and dietary choices doesn't have to be only about excluding certain foods from your diet. Learn more about the beneficial and not so beneficial foods for diabetes via SeniorAdvice.com

Maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet doesn't have to be expensive. There are several ways for aging adults to stretch their dollars, meal plan, and eat well - learn more via SeniorAdvice.com:

💧 Why Are Seniors More At Risk for Dehydration?

Recognize the signs of dehydration and understand the complications associated with seniors who are more susceptible to severe dehydration - with help from SeniorAdvice.com

How to Eat Healthy When Food Costs Are On the Rise

Learn how to maintain a healthy diet and afford nutritious foods despite rising costs, with resources from MoneyGeek.com:

How to Find Food Security Support & Hunger Assistance Resources

With the influx of challenges brought on by COVID-19, many individuals are at risk of facing hunger issues at any time. Knowing where and how to get help is the first step in fighting hunger - MoneyGeek.com

Understanding Appetite Loss in Seniors

While many people think of malnourishment as an issue that specifically relates to a lack of resources or of access to food, today it is most common among seniors. Learn more  from SeniorAdvice.com:

  From Our Nutrition & Healthy Living Archives:  

USDA Technical Assistance & Guidance for CSFP

CSFP Sharing Gallery

​The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods.

Penn State Extension

Nutrition News

Tips to Cut Back on Salt and Sodium, Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Recipe, Ham and Bean Soup Recipe, Pineapple Glaze for Ham Recipe, Ham Salad Sandwich Recipe 

Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County

Tips to Boost your Nutritional Health

United States Department of Agriculture

Household Commodity Fact Sheet
Spaghetti, Enriched, Dry

Description, Nutrition, Packaging, Storage, Preparation, Cooking, Uses and Simple Spaghetti and Meat Sauce Bake Recipe

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

UPMC Health Plan

Tomato-Potato Soup

Household USDA Foods Fact Sheet

Oats, Whole Grain, Rolled, Dry

Description, Pack/Yield, Storage, Preparation, Cooking, Uses and Tips and Nutrition Information, Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe, No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Nonfat Dry Milk

Tips and Facts

The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank

No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk

Facts on Milk, Soy Raspberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank

Making an Egg-cellent Choice

Facts on Eggs, Easy Coffee Mug Eggs Recipe, Egg Drop Soup Recipe

United States Department of Agriculture

Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables

Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce Recipe, 10 Tips to Help you Eat more Vegetables

The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank

January: National Fiber Focus Month

Facts about Fiber, Easy Homemade Chili Recipe

CSFP

Hydration for Seniors - English and Spanish Version

Tips for Staying Hydrated, Symptoms of Dehydration

CFSP

Home Economics

Store, Freeze, Shop and Prep for Cheese

The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank

El Mes Con Un Enfoque Nacional En La Fibra

CSFP

Eat Well on Your Budget

Money Saving Tips, Planning Ahead, Choosing Healthier Foods, If You Eat Out, Help with Food Costs, Free and Low-cost Meals

Philabundance

CSFP Newsletter

Confetti Chicken Recipe

Greater Berks Food Bank

Nutrition News Newsletter

Best Buys for Cost and Nutrition, Eating Better on a Budget

Chester County Food Bank

July Newsletter

How to stay hydrated in the summer and enjoying a colorful and healthy diet. 

CSFP Recipes

English and Spanish Version

Fiesta Taco Bake, Microwave Breakfast Cobbler

CSFP Recipes

English and Spanish Version

No Bakes Peanut Butter Treats, Potato Saute

United States Department of Agriculture

Household Commodity Fact Sheet

Beef with Natural Juices, Canned

Balancing Calories for a Healthy Weight

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What is the healthiest way to lose weight and keep it off for longer periods of time?

United States Department of Agriculture

Choice My Plate

This site is provided by the United States of Agriculture, it provides a variety of resources for weight management & calories, physical activity, printable materials and healthy eating tips.

United States Department of Agriculture

Food and Nurtition 

This portion of the USDA website is dedicated to nutrition facts, healthy living articles and nutrition assistance programs.

United States Department of Agriculture

Nutrition Recipes

New for 2014: USDA Foods household fact sheets, the recipes included on the fact sheets, and the recipes in the cookbook developed for FDPIR entitled “A Harvest of Recipes with USDA Foods’ will be a part of a new database at a new USDA Web site  entitled “What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl”.  

United States Department of Agriculture

Recipe Finder

We invite you to search the database of recipes submitted by nutrition and health professionals and organizations. Nutrition educators in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other FNS nutrition assistance programs and their partners are encouraged to use the database to support their nutrition education messages.

Healthy Aging

Nutrition Suggestions and Articles

Cooking and eating are among life’s greatest pleasures. Cooking for people is one of the ways to maintain a positive attitude and add meaning to life!  Look here for recipes, menus and culinary ideas.

Food For Seniors Could Save Some States Money

Meals for seniors

Home-delivered meals bring not only food to seniors but also the opportunity to remain in their homes. A new study by Brown University public health researchers projects that if every U.S. state in the lower 48 expanded the number of seniors receiving meals by just 1 percent, 1,722 more Medicaid recipients avoid living in a nursing home and most states would experience a net annual savings from implementing the expansion.

Senior Menu Planning

Sample Menus

The food many seniors eat at an adult day care program will be the tastiest and healthiest food they will have all day. This link will review the following: Cultural/ethnic and regional food preferences, menu planning, cycle menu development, menu evaluation, menus for special diets, and sample menus.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

High-Calorie Foods That Are Good for Your Health

Visit the AARP Magazine Website to see what High-Calorie Foods That Are Good for Your Health.

Nutrition Support Resources

A variety of forums and discussion groups on nutrition and diet.

Best of the Web - Nutrition

Search Results

Chats and Forums; News and Media; Organizations; Resources; Weblogs; Dietitians and Nutritionists; Vitamins and Minerals; Supplements and Products; and MORE

Feeding America

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Visit Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity to learn more about hunger and healthy living initiatives. Feeding America's helps provide food to over 37 million Americans each year.

Food Research and Action Center

Federal Food and Nutrition Programs

Counterintuitively, obesity plagues low-income people in this country just as hunger and food insecurity do. FRAC is leading the efforts to identify and communicate the connections among poverty, hunger, inadequate resources for healthy diets, and obesity among low-income people. FRAC also is working to broaden the reach of and improve the quality of public nutrition programs as a strategy to reduce obesity.

Food Research and Action Center

Federal Food and Nutrition Programs

Counterintuitively, obesity plagues low-income people in this country just as hunger and food insecurity do. FRAC is leading the efforts to identify and communicate the connections among poverty, hunger, inadequate resources for healthy diets, and obesity among low-income people. FRAC also is working to broaden the reach of and improve the quality of public nutrition programs as a strategy to reduce obesity.

Penn State Extension

Nutrition Links

The Penn State Extension Nutrition Links program offers free nutrition education programs to participants eligible for public assistance to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a healthful diet on a limited budget.

The Food Trust

Healthy Food Access Portal

Please browse The Food Trust new site where you will find resources designed to improve healthy food access in communities, build local economies, and enhance public health.

Allergies

Food Allergies and Adverse Food Reactions

Gardening

Vegetables in Season

Not only will you find when vegetables are in season, but detailed descriptions about the nutritional value, different varieties and home growing tips.

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