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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Healthy Eating over 70

Whatever a person’s age, it is always important to eat a healthy diet. As folks get older, their calorie and nutrient needs change and often, their eating habits change as well. While a balanced diet—including a variety of nutrient-rich foods—is recommended for everyone, there are some extra things older individuals may wish to keep in mind for themselves and others they know.(more ...)

Eat fish! Which Fish? That Fish! Go Fish!

For a healthy heart, the American Heart Association and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating two, 3.5 oz servings of fish per week. Questions like “Why? Which fish?” immediately come to mind. Also, “Should I be concerned about mercury? Is wild-caught fish better than farmed?(more ...)

Fish Oils are good for your Health

Fats and oils are an essential part of healthy diets. They provide energy, help in forming cells and tissues, and many supply vitamins A, E and K.(more ...)

Go Nuts!

Nuts are a healthy addition to any diet and may impart important health benefits, important nutrients and a good balance of fat for reduction of cardiovascular disease risk. Each variety of nut is high in plant based protein and fiber but has its own combination of vitamins and minerals. (more ...)

Choose MYPLATE to Improve Health for Life

Most people know how important good nutrition is to their health. But most of us find it difficult to eat as healthfully as we think we should. The good news is that help is just a click away – at the USDA ChooseMyPlate website (www.choosemyplate.gov). (more ...)

Simple Plans to Achieving Your Health Goals

Remember the New Year’s resolution that you made to improve your lifestyle? You may have resolved to eat healthier, to increase your physical activity or to lose weight. Making a resolution was a good start to being healthier because taking the first step increases the chances that you will attain your goal. (more ...)

The Crucial Role of Recess

In the winter months of North Dakota, it is understandable when children’s recess time is reduced due to dangerously cold weather. But there is also evidence that recess time is being cut short all over the country for reasons unrelated to weather. Schools report that recess has been cut back to reallocate time for academic learning. In addition, withholding recess is commonly used as a punishment or tool to drive desired behavioral outcomes. (more ...)

Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

People have been eating leafy greens since prehistoric times. But it wasn't until the first Africans arrived in North America in the early 1600s that America got its first real tastes of dark green leafy vegetables, which they grew for themselves and their families. So, over the years, cooked greens developed into a traditional African American food. Ultimately, they became essential in Southern regional diets and are now enjoyed nationwide. (more ...)

Chronic Stress Can Get Under Your Skin

Everyone knows the holidays can be stressful. Now that they are over, take stock of how you feel. Are you are you relaxed and happy they are over? Or are you feeling blue because the excitement is over, or because of the darkness of winter? (more ...)

Wheat:  the Whole (Grain) Story

We live in a virtual sea of wheat. North Dakota leads the nation in growing it. Around the world wheat is grown on more land area than any other crop. It has been cultivated for some 8000 years, and its availability as a staple is thought to have been a major contributor to the development of civilizations in Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. Indeed, wheat is an important food grain in our diets. (more ...)


Last Modified: 12/30/2013