Nutrition

School Meals Get a Makeover

With the USDA's launching of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, designed to improve the nutrition of 32 million schoolchildren nationwide, the school cafeteria will get a whole lot healthier.

Delicious Family Dinners for Weeknights

Bringing balance back into busy evenings is well worth the effort, especially with these easy approaches to the dinnertime dilemma.

Help Kids Cope with Food Peer Pressure

Set the stage for a lifetime of healthy eating habits — even when kids are at parties, sleepovers or eating at restaurants with friends.

Every day, we are faced with an abundance of food and nutrition information and choices. Making smart food and nutrition choices is a necessary part of everyone's daily life.

Frozen Foods: Convenient and Nutritious

Today's freezer case is stocked with every kind of convenience food. Enjoy healthy frozen foods with little time or effort with the following tips.

Be a smart shopper by reading labels to find out more about the foods you eat. Learn the basics of the Nutrition Facts Panel, the meaning of health claims, terms and symbols on food packaging, and how to use that information to identify healthy choices.

Latest Articles

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    Feeding Your Teen Vegetarian

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    Eating to Boost Energy

    Tara Gidus, MS, RDN, LDN, CSSD

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  • Preventing Illness

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    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

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    Spinach is packed with powerful nutrients and is an excellent source of folate, vitamin A, iron and vitamin K. Read More

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  • Eat Right at School

    My Child Doesn't Eat the Lunch I Pack! What Do I Do?

    You've packed your child a lunchbox worthy of sharing on social media, so why are the contents untouched at the end of the day? Work with your kids to see if some simple sleuthing can help you determine the cause of lunchtime leftovers. Read More

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    Healthy Eating for Older Adults

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  • Vegetarian and Special Diets

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  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

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    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    While various fats in foods have different effects on health, some fats offer health-protective benefits. Consider including foods with these fats, in moderation, to your meals. Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

    Kids and Portion Control

    One reason kids may not be eating appropriately sized portions is that they may not recognize what a MyPlate serving size actually looks like. Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

    How to Add Whole Grains to Your Diet

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    Whole grains contain dietary fiber, which may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other health complications. Read More

  • Vegetarian and Special Diets

    Vegetarianism: The Basic Facts

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    People who follow a vegetarian diet never eat meat, fish or poultry. Instead, they rely on a variety of plant-based foods for good health and eating enjoyment. Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

    Discover the Health Benefits of Produce

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    Eating enough fruits and vegetables is linked to a lower risk of many chronic diseases and may help protect against certain types of cancer. Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

    Eating Right Isn't Complicated

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    Eating right doesn't have to be complicated. Start with these recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

    Eat Right and Drink Responsibly

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    For some, a single alcoholic beverage may add enjoyment to a meal, but the key to potential health benefits has always been moderation. Read More

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    Share Dietary Guidelines Gifs

    Excited about the 2015 Dietary Guidelines? Share your excitement by sharing the Academy's DGA gifs with friends and followers. Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

    About the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    The guidelines are jointly published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and are developed with substantial input from registered dietitian nutritionists. Read More

  • Healthy Eating

    Coconut Water: Is It What It's Cracked Up to Be?

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    If you've read about coconut water, you'd think it was a miracle beverage that could cure you of everything from heart disease to obesity. We asked two nutrition experts for their take on this popular drink. Read More

  • Nutrition Facts and Food Labels

    10 Must-Know Hybrid Fruits

    Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN

    With bizarre names, hybrids might sound like weird science, but these fruits and their many cousins are more natural and familiar than you might think. Read More

  • Vegetarian and Special Diets

    Egg Alternatives

    Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

    For some, eggs are off limits due to dietary preferences, restrictions or allergies. And, although relatively low in cost, the price of eggs can rise due to various reasons. In any case, consider integrating egg alternatives as staples in your kitchen. Read More

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