Nutrition

Choose Healthy Fats

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.

MyPlate is the U.S. government's primary food group symbol to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Learn more about translating the guidelines into your everyday life.

Packing a Safe Lunch for School

Keep your child's lunch safe by packing it in an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack to keep foods cold.

The Basics of the Nutrition Facts Label

Get to know the basics of the Nutrition Facts Panel, and understand the parts and pieces, from serving size, total calories and fat to percent of Daily Values.

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.

Does My Child Need A Supplement?

If your child eats a variety of foods, supplements may not be needed. However, if you're unsure about your child's nutrient intake, get expert advice.

Well-planned vegetarian diets can be nutritionally adequate and provide many health benefits. See vegetarian meal ideas, food sources of important nutrients, vegetarian terms and more.

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  • Eat Right at School

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  • Food Allergies

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    A food intolerance is not the same as a food allergy. An intolerance may cause discomfort and unwanted symptoms, but it is not life-threatening. Read More

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    Choose Healthy Fats

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    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

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    Whether it is a wonderful memory of a cafeteria staff person or a favorite — or least favorite — meal, we all remember the time spent in the school cafeteria. Learn what's changed since you were a kid! Read More

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    The Basics of the Nutrition Facts Label

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    Get to know the basics of the Nutrition Facts Panel, and understand the parts and pieces, from serving size, total calories and fat to percent of Daily Values. Read More

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