Make Healthy Eating Affordable (an EFNEP nutrition class series)

Online learning can help make healthy eating affordable. Let’s talk low-cost quick and healthy meals, and how to keep your family healthy and active! Join us–all you need is a reliable internet connection and an hour a week for 6 weeks! EFNEP is a free nutrition education program for families with children. Receive a gift certificate to the Shoe Department upon completion of 6 lessons (stipend for certificate awarded by Bassett 5210 Initiative).

Would You Eat a Plate Full of Worms?

image by Lisa Brown 

by Alison Baitz, NPR Goats and Soda 

In southern Venezuela, the Ye’kuana people gather them from the mud around streams or dig them up from the floor of the highland forest. They’re gutted and boiled and eaten — or smoked and sold at prices three times that of other smoked meats. What is this lucrative, forageable fare? Earthworms.

“These edible worms are as much a part of the food supply as chicken is [in the U.S.],” says Darna Dufour, a professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado – Boulder and a colleague of Maurizio Guido Paoletti, a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Padova in Italy. He’s the co-author of a paper on the “Nutrient content of earthworms consumed by Ye’Kuana Amerindians.”

Oneonta Girl Recognized for Her Efforts as a Teaching Chef

Julia Rissberger has been active in the kitchen since she was a toddler. Her parents, recognizing this interest in cooking, have been encouraging Julia throughout her twelve years of life! Julia’s hard work paid off when she was selected as the New York State winner in the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ State Dinner.  

 

 

Julia’s recipe for Spinach and Apple Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette and Whole-Wheat Cheese Pennies was selected from more than 1,000 entries.  In July 2015, Julia and mom Rachel went to Washington, D.C. where they met other Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Winners, toured the White House, and enjoyed a Kids’ State Dinner with the President and First Lady.

Future Chefs and Nutrition Conscious Kids Invited to Enter 'The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge'

It’s time once again for The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, from First Lady Michelle Obama, WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture! Kids aged 8-12 are invited to submit a healthy MyPlate-inspired recipe (with their parents’ supervision) for a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Kids’ State Dinner at the White House. This contest closes April 4th; the announcement of two local winners from each U.S. state and territory will be held in June; and the Kids’ State Dinner event will be held in July. https://youtu.be/c_4vS3xhDEI

Need inspiration?  Be sure to check out WSKG’s After School Fuel project for recipe inspiration from real kids!

A is for Avocados!

It’s always a good time to learn about nutrition and instill healthy habits into your family’s eating routine!  Our friends from Sesame Street are here with a special message regarding avocados! Elmo, Cookie Monster and Rosita help from Chef Pati Jinich, of WETA’s Pati’s Mexican Table on PBS Stations, share health benefits and fun facts about the avocado. From tickling Elmo’s taste buds with avocado toast to satisfying Cookie Monster’s cookie obsession with easy avo-substitutions, these educational videos show the green superfruit for what it is…versatile and ready for any diet! Did you know…?

In the Defense of Food

In the Defense of Food airs on WSKG TV December 30th at 9pm. Join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to answer the question: What should I eat to be healthy? Busting myths and misconceptions, the two-hour film In Defense of Food reveals how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and at the same time reduce our risks of falling victim to diet related diseases.”Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”