Holidays, vacations, travel and cultural traditions don't have to derail your healthy nutrition goals. Build an eating plan with your unique lifestyle and nutritional needs in mind.

Ramadan: The Practice of Fasting

During the holy month of Ramadan, which occurs on the ninth month of the lunar-based Islamic calendar, all Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk for 30 days.

Stay Mindful with 4 Tips for Holiday Eating

The holidays are a time to enjoy friends, family and food. And, contrary to popular belief, you can have all three without putting on the extra pounds!

Shared meals are a central way we celebrate holidays, cultural events and other important shared human experiences. But these celebrations don't have to derail your healthy nutrition goals.

Get Fired Up! Tips for Healthy, Flavorful Cookouts

From traditional favorites to side dishes and desserts, grilling is a great way to add flavor to all types of food.

Seasonal holidays and celebrations often include feasts and sweets. Keep your diet on track while enjoying the season.

Quick Guide to Food Safety While Traveling in the U.S.

On the road again? Traveling can be exciting, educational, exhausting and energizing. During National Food Safety Month make sure you're following food safety practices while traveling.

Whether it's by plane, train or automobile, learn how to eat healthfully on the go.

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