Make Healthy Snacking Easy

Keep a bowl of fruit on your kitchen table or countertop. It’s easier to choose a healthy snack when it’s in plain sight!

Mix Up the Sideline Snack

Are you in charge of the sideline snack this week? Serve up fruit slices, veggie sticks, water, or whole grain crackers.

Healthy Food for a Day Trip

Prep for a visit to a park, sporting event, or the zoo by packing dried fruit, cut-up veggies, or whole grain crackers for quick, healthy options.

Prepare for the After-School Rush

Prep small containers of fruits or veggies the night before so kids can help themselves when they get home.

Go on a Grocery Field Trip

Use grocery shopping to teach kids about food and nutrition. Talk about where vegetables, fruits, protein foods, dairy, and grains come from. Help them make healthy choices.

Seasonal Produce Guide

It is summertime! It is the perfect time to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden or your local Farmer’s Market. Check out the USDA’s Seasonal Produce Guide and discover which fruits and vegetables are in season right now. Get recipes and enjoy a healthy and fresh dinner tonight!

Stay Safe in the Sun and the Water

Summer is officially here! That can mean higher temperatures and lots of humidity. Here are a few tips whether you want to make the most of it outdoors or maintain a healthy lifestyle with the change in weather:

  • Rethink your drink – try sure to choose water over sugary drinks.
  • Be active for at least 30 minutes five days a week!
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables.
  • Make a plan to quit if you are still smoking.

Fresh salsa fun!

Fresh salsa is a fun way to add more veggies to a meal or snack. Make your own by mixing tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, and onions. Pair with a small serving of whole-grain tortilla chips or raw veggies.

Salsa recipes to try:

Agriculture Literacy Day is May 1st

The 15th annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 2018. This will be the fourth and final book in a series of non-fiction children’s books developed that highlights Florida’s fruit industries. Agriculture Literacy Day will be moving to the fall in the 2018-2019 school year.

The book, Drive through Florida: Fruit features the animated red truck named ‘Ole Red’ that takes students on a tour around Florida to learn about our diverse fruit industries.

Readers are expected to schedule their classroom visits, and are asked to schedule those visits before they order materials. Registration for materials, which includes one book for the teacher and one bookmark and sticker per student, is available on FAITC’s website. To learn more about and register for Florida Agriculture Literacy Day, visit http//

Gardening Programs Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends school-based gardening interventions in combination with nutrition education to increase vegetable consumption among children. Gardening interventions provide children with hands-on experience planting, growing, and harvesting fruits and vegetables in an effort to increase their willingness to consume both. The recommendation is based on results from the systematic review cited below, additional information abstracted from a subset of included studies, and expert input from subject matter experts and the CPSTF:

Savoie-Roskos MR, Wengreen H, Durward C. Increasing fruit and vegetable intake among children and youth through gardening-based interventions: a systematic review. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2017;11(2);240-50.

Why is this important?

  • Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of many leading causes of illness and death, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity (CDC, 2017)
  • Most people in the United States, including children and adolescents, do not eat enough fruits and vegetables (CDC, 2017; CDC, 2013)
  • Gardening interventions have been shown to increase children’s preferences for, and willingness to try, new fruits and vegetables (Robinson-O’Brien et al, 2009).

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Nutrition: Gardening Interventions to Increase Vegetable Consumption Among Children— read the summary of evidence.

Gardening Interventions to Increase Vegetable Consumption Among Children — use this one-pager as a quick reference