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Let's encourage schools to keep it up!

November 23, 2014
Thanks to the new USDA nutritional standards for school meals and snacks, the days of junky snacks and greasy lunches are ending! Most moms and dads are thrilled with these changes. In fact, a new poll shows that parents support healthier school food policies by a 3-to-1 margin! (1) As parents, we know that when our kids eat healthy foods, they not only perform better at school, but they also learn healthy habits that last a lifetime. Now, we must keep the momentum up at the local level. As moms and dads, we know a little encouragement and persistence can go a long way. Help us tell school...
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Obama’s Path to Progress: Protecting Farmworker Kids

November 21, 2014
Many people hold on to the image of children gathering eggs in the yard or dumping a pail of slop in front of an appreciative sow as the true and full extent of child farm labor. But the reality of life on a farm can be much different. In fact, the awful truth is that hundreds of kids who enjoyed Thanksgiving with their families last year won’t be able to this year because they died in an agriculture-related incident in the last twelve months.
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Good Food Force Weekly Update: Healthy Holidays, Squash Custard and more!

November 21, 2014
The holidays are almost here! These cold winter months provide nice opportunities to warm your house with good food, friends and family. Throughout the next few Good Food Force Updates we're sharing tips for keeping the holidays healthy and fun. Please join the conversation online using #GFF, and we'll share top tips from our community each week! 1. THE HOT LINE * at LATISM '14! was honored to attend the 2014 Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) conference in California last week. Our own Elisa Batista participated in a panel discussion in Spanish...
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Winter Squash Custard and Homemade Whip Topping Recipe

November 20, 2014
Thanksgiving makes me think of family and comfort food. Gathering with the people you love the most to eat a meal that you’ve prepared together is priceless. One of the foods I love to use throughout the fall and on Thanksgiving is winter squash. There are so many different ways you can prepare and use squash to make savory and sweet dishes. This custard dish is a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table and best of all it’s filled with many nutrients from the squash. Winter squashes delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber, making it an exceptionally heart­friendly choice. It...
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The Flu Vaccine and a Package of Twizzlers

November 20, 2014
Heeding the advice of medical authorities, I took my 6 1/2 year old son to the pediatrician about a week before Halloween, to get him the flu vaccine early in the season. When I turned around after I checked in, I saw my son sneaking away from the lollipop bowl to "hide" some artificially dyed forbidden treats in his book bag. Not daring to increase his obsession with pretty sweet things by making it an emotionally charged issue, I took the occasion to joke about it with him. A few minutes later, my son received the flu mist in a chair located about two inches from a another bowl of Halloween...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Let's Chat Healthy Holidays!

November 20, 2014
The holiday season has begun! Are you as excited as I am? The food, parties, crafts and did I mention food? It's no wonder I can't stop humming "It'sThe Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!" I live for this time of the year and enjoy every single moment of it! Yet, the one aspect I wish we could all leave out of the holiday season are those pesky extra pounds that seem to creep out on us. Did you know that the average weight gain during the holidays is about one pound? Making matter worse is that the average weight gain during adulthood is 1-2 pounds per year! It may not sound like much but as we...
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Estar a Gusto En Mi Casa: LATISM 2014

November 19, 2014
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Las fotos anteriores capturan exactamente como me sentí en la conferencia de LATISM este año: como estar a gusto en mi casa. Me encantó la alegria, el hablar el Inglés, el Español o el "Spanglish", la comida y las conversaciones. Todo me recordaba a mi infancia en Miami y ahora en California donde vivo con mi marido Salvadoreño-Estadounidense y mis dos hijos bilingües. No importa el idioma que uno habla o lo apasionado uno es por un tema, pero siempre está bienvenida y a gusto en su casa...como familia. Así me sentí yo el viernes en la conferencia. Tuve el gran honor de...
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Like Being At Home: LATISM 2014

November 18, 2014
The above photos say it all. The jovialness, the going back and forth between Spanish and English, the food and the conversations (more on that below) all remind me of...home. No matter the language you speak or how passionate you are on a topic, you are always welcomed home like familia.
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Grocery Shopping Nightmare

November 14, 2014
From the moment I step out my door the nightmare begins. My Big Boy, who is six, asks where we are going and I answer ‘the grocery store.’ Immediately the nagging begins from the Little Tike, now 3, asking for candy and bargaining good behavior for a lollipop. Mind you, he had a big lunch right before heading out the door. How can I blame him? As soon as we walk into the grocery store, we’re greeted with displays of candies and potato chips. They fill the shelves, beckoning us with their bright colors. As a three year old, it is hard to ignore. Companies have spent millions of dollars to...
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Banking on Health: Improving the Inventory at Food Banks

November 13, 2014
“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits,” explained Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964. Fast-forward to today, and for too many families, the idea of having three meals a day remains an audacious, out-of-reach goal.
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