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SNAP into Action: Celebrate 50 Years of Food Stamps Using #snap4SNAP

October 30, 2014
This post, authored by Kate Scully, originally appeared on . The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) boosts the food security of millions of Americans. is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! Fifty years ago President Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964 into law. The legislation made the food stamp program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), permanent. SNAP has...
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Examining the Family Cost of Healthy Eating

October 30, 2014
My boys love to load up on fruits. It’s much harder to get them to eat vegetables, but everything is a work in progress right? They have their healthy choices and unhealthy choices, but we are taking baby steps as a family to eliminate those unhealthy foods and replace them with the healthier options. Every few days, my sons enjoy a fruit salad with a medley of three to four fruits; as a result, I always stock up on fruits. I was running low on fruit this week so we ran to the supermarket to buy some together. As the boys chose raspberries and blackberries, I couldn’t help but look at the...
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5 Ways to Get Kids Involved in the Kitchen

October 29, 2014
More than 12.5 million children in the US are overweight. This number is not decreasing but increasing which puts children at risk for serious health issues such as diabetes and heart disease. Teaching your child healthy nutrition habits will increase their awareness and they will form better eating habits that will go with them throughout their lives. Cooking with children encourages creativity, an understanding of bad eating habits, responsibility and involvement. It’s never too early to start teaching your children the differences between healthy and non healthy foods. By cooking with your...

#FoodFri Tweetchat: Teaching Gardens, an Active, Healthy Learning Tool

October 23, 2014
Teaching Gardens were designed by the American Heart Association to encourage children. Participating children are fascinated by the gardening process! Unbeknowst to them, they are learning healthy nutrition & learning through school based gardening to connect with healthy foods that help to combat childhood obesity. Nearly one in three children and adolescents in the U.S. is overweight or obese. There is significant research showing the health benefits of gardening and educational programs. The American Heart Association designed Teaching Gardens to encourage healthy diets in young...
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11 Tips to Help You Save on Groceries

October 20, 2014
I wasn’t much of a cook when I was younger. I admit it, I loved eating out. It was my biggest expense. Now, that I am older, with two sons who would eat me out of house and home if I let them, I realize that I can’t eat out as often as I once did. And, I don’t want to. Our bonding as a family has happened in the kitchen and at the dining table.
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Food Justice & Equality Affects Foods Sold & Served in YOUR Community

October 17, 2014
We envision a world in which all people have access to healthy, affordable food that nourishes our bodies and environments. Yet right now, that vision is plagued by severe inequality.
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My "Famous" Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf Cake

October 14, 2014
Fall means pumpkin EVERYTHING! But this family recipe is the one you will return to time and time again.
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11 Great Reasons to Vote

October 14, 2014
We’re just a few weeks away from an incredibly important election. The votes people cast Nov. 4 will shape our future and our children’s. I’m sure you are planning to vote, but maybe you know people who are on the fence—who think elections in non-presidential years just aren’t that important. Not true! Here are 11 great reasons you can share with them to get them to the polls: 11. Bad politicians aren’t just elected by people who vote for them. They’re also elected by people who don’t vote at all. Don’t help elect politicians who work against your interests. 10. You can elect leaders who will...
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Our kids are getting too much salt

October 13, 2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report last month detailing the much-too-high amount of sodium present in most children’s diets. According to the report, 90 percent of children eat too much sodium, and these higher intakes are related to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke later in life.
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Cafeteria Man, Fighting for Healthier School Foods

October 8, 2014
Join #FoodFri on October 10, at 1 p.m., EST , to chat with Richard Chisolm the Director of Cafeteria Man , a documentary that follows Tony Geraci, Chef and Baltimore School Food-Service Director, on his journey to replace processed school meals with locally-grown, freshly-prepared meals. The film, which debutted on public television this past August, demonstrates the power of the food movement - the importance of healthy meals. It also emphasizes the importance of parents, of YOU. In Tony Geraci's own words, "One of the single most important drivers for change are parents. Parents need to be...
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