It is always great to add some variety to your meals and your shopping list – from yummy protein to your favorite in-season vegetable. But how can we ensure we…
March is National Nutrition Month®! This year we joined the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Celebrating a World of Flavors. The Idaho Foodbank prioritizes the distribution of nutritious food for meals, the promotion of nutrition education and supports making the healthy choice the easy choice.
February is American Heart Month, so now is a great time to focus on a heart-healthy diet. Foods rich in nutrients aid in maintaining heart health. Choosing whole grains, eating a variety of fruits and vegetables and reducing sodium is proven to positively impact heart health.
Hunger is a major factor impacting a person’s health. The Idaho Foodbank’s Hunger to Health Strategy is focused on the well-being of individuals, along with the health of communities across our state, through access to nutritious food and other resources required for good health.
Each year after the holidays, many of us want to set new goals to improve our eating habits for the new year. With so many different diets and trends, it’s hard to keep track of what works and what does not, but eating well doesn’t have to be overwhelming! Balanced meals can be simple, and they can also be affordable. Here is an example of what this might look like, for under $7
The holidays are notorious for foiling health goals- travel, family, and the enticing ways stores and advertisements leave us craving pumpkin pie. Luckily, there are a few methods to help guide healthy eating during the holidays!
Stress and little time for relaxation and decompressing is a contributor to health complications. It tumbles downhill like the snowball effect, only growing larger as it continues. People commonly reach for sugar in times of stress. Cookies, pies and chocolate are some sugary foods people reach for when they are stressed. But health officials have linked chronic illnesses with the excess consumption of added sugars in foods.
Think of protein as the body’s building block. It’s a vital part of muscle, tissue, bone, skin, blood, hormones, enzymes and vitamins. There are a variety of protein foods and they each offer different nutrients. Most Americans get enough protein, but not everyone gets all of the benefits of protein foods.
Boise State University Nursing Students partnered with The Idaho Foodbank to examine innovative ways to address nutritional health. Together the students developed a Food “Farmacy” Onboarding Manual for Idaho health care clinics interested in utilizing what is known as a food-as-medicine approach to address food insecurity with clients.
What you eat plays a critical role in how your brain functions. Proper nutrients may improve mood and memory and even slow brain aging. Maintaining good brain health may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Exercise has many health benefits and may manage symptoms of stress and anxiety. Get moving this April by adding in small steps, building up to a goal of 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
Each March, we celebrate the importance of choosing healthy foods to nourish our bodies. How we choose to feed our bodies has a big impact on how we feel, not only today, but over the long term as well. Most of the leading causes of death in the U.S. are influenced by what we eat, but every meal is a new opportunity to make a good choice!