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Let's Share Recipes and Safe Food Handling Tips! #FoodFri #Tweetchat

With Memorial Weekend ahead of us, I'm gearing up to visit family, enjoy a BBQ or two, and spend some time creating foods that scream warm weather and fun. It's the perfect time to introduce the kiddos and their friends to healthy foods. It's also a great time to swap recipes! Join #FoodFri at 1pm Eastern, on May 22, 2015, to swap recipes and safety tips for the BBQ season, in both English and Spanish! Bring your favorite "virtual" plate to our table and browse others while you fill yourself with yummy, healthy goodness. And, because a BBQ, just isn't a BBQ, without music, we ask you to bring...
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Latest on healthy school snacks in Ohio and Michigan

The Smart Snacks in School rule went into effect this past year, and ensures snacks foods and beverages sold in schools are healthy. Together with our partners, MomsRising submitted over 200,000 signatures from people like you who support these healthy changes to the school day. Now, snacks sold through vending machines, stores and a la carte lines need to be in kid-sized portions, and in general have fewer than 200 calories and be low in fat, sodium and sugar. Mom victory! However, in response to concerns about limiting school fundraising options the USDA included a provision in the rule...
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This Memorial Day, tell Congress to support tax breaks for military families!

1 in 4 current or former armed forces families with children make ends meet and avoid falling into poverty by using the EITC and Child Tax Credit. Congress can really support the military this Memorial Day by strengthening and supporting these important working family tax breaks.
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Salt, It's Time To Break Up

Break ups are hard. But sometimes, it needs to happen in order to move on to a brighter future. And according to the American Heart Association, it’s time to break up with our salt shaker. That’s right—it’s time to end our love affair with salt. Most Americans are consuming way too much sodium—and that excess can have a lasting impact on our health, including raising our risks for heart disease and stroke: our nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 health threats. And don’t be fooled that only adults are falling victim to excess sodium. Our kids are also involved in this harmful relationship. In fact, kids...
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Native American Youth Advocating for Their Own

Meet 5 Native American youth who overcame obstacles and beat the odds, and are now doing amazing work advocating for others in their communities.
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Fact of the Week: Nearly 1 in 4 Children in the U.S. is Served by the Federal Child Support Program

Idaho's state legislature held an unusual special session to prevent the state from losing access to federal child support collection resources. These resources help more than 100,000 parents and 155,000 children in the state.
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A Year in the Family Garden: May, and Some Basics

Here in Pennsylvania, we’ve jumped from cool spring to hot summer over night. But don’t worry - there’s plenty of time to get a garden started! In fact, you’re just in time. Some tips for starting your family garden this year: 1. Quick primer on the basics. Anyone can garden. You don’t need special tools, expensive ingredients or tons of experience. You do need soil, water, sun and seeds/plants. Soil is the most essential of all ingredients. There’s a saying that experienced gardeners grow soil, not plants. Everything depends on it. You have a few options for your project. First, buy potting...
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Sugar Detox: I Thought I Would Die

During Lent, I gave up sugar, all forms of sugar: white sugar, brown sugar, honey, agave nectar, cookies, pastries, desserts, ice cream, EVERYTHING. I drank unsweetened coffee and tea and had no dessert after lunch or dinner. During my sugar detox, I thought I would die. Yet, it was an extremely enlightening experience that changed my life in ways I never would have expected. If you’ve ever wondered what happens to your sanity mind, body and soul, here’s my experience: Day 3 : You’re still pretty hyped and feeling all sorts of pride in your efforts. Bitter coffee? Totally a doable thing that...
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Honoring Child Safety in Our Hearts and Keeping It All the Year

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not (and please pardon me for hearkening back to yuletide when your azaleas are finally blooming), you’ve probably heard that famous line of Scrooge’s from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” That line was on my mind in the last days of April, which was Child Abuse Prevention Month. I realize that we need to have days, weeks, and months like this to raise awareness about important issues, but the fact is that child predators won’t conveniently wait until next April to abuse children. So if children are at risk of abuse year round, we adults must have their protection at the forefront of our minds year round.
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Brooklyn MomsRising MeetUp: Shower Me Community Baby Shower

05/19/15 recently co sponsored Shower Me community baby shower celebrating expectant moms in their second and third trimesters of pregnancy. As part of this local meet up 25 beautiful moms-to-be were gifted essential nursery supplies; clothing and gear; information on prenatal and postpartum cares; and access to resources to support healthy parenting. The event was hosted at the newly opened Greg Jackson Center in Brownsville Brooklyn, a community with multiple socio-economic challenges including prevalent infant mortality and premature births. While the stark inequity in the health...
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