Be a Healthy Role Model for Children
They learn from watching you--eat healthy and be active, and your kids will too!
National Breakfast Month
September is National Breakfast Month! We know that mornings can be rushed but breakfast is a must. Starting your day with a healthy breakfast gives your body energy and improves overall health and well-being. Check out this helpful resource from Nebraska Extension on the benefits of eating breakfast and healthy breakfast ideas. Make breakfast part of your morning routine!
MyPlate Snack Tips
Check out these tips to help children get the nutrients needed to grow & maintain a healthy weight and help you stay on track with your healthy eating resolutions in 2016!
Smart Shopping at Farmers Markets
Check out these programs that make it easier to purchase healthy and affordable vegetables and fruit at your local farmers' market!
Farmers Market Directory
Here's a handy directory where you can find out which markets accept: WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC-FMNP), WIC Cash Value Vouchers, Senior Farmers Markets Nutrition Program (SFMNP), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Fresh Herbs: A Picture of Healthy Eating
Check out this beautiful photo guide for using fresh herbs in your recipes!
CCE-Tompkins' Resource Guide for School, Community and Home Gardens
This guide has everything you need to know to start a community, school or home garden.
Think Breakfast Resources for Educators
Do you want to help your students learn the value of a healthy breakfast? Think Breakfast is a set of engaging tools to inspire students and parents to make breakfast part of their morning routine. The free Think Breakfast! kit, available for grades K–5, 6–8, and 9–12, includes standards-aligned teaching guides, student activity guides, posters, cookbooks, fun videos, and classroom giveaways.
Benefits of School Breakfast
What are the benefits of eating school breakfast? This flyer will tell you how breakfast benefits students performance in school.
Make Better Beverage Choices
What you drink is as important as what you eat. Many beverages contain added sugars and offer little or no nutrients, while others may provide nutrients but too much fat and too many calories.
Cooking Matters Recipe App
Install a new free app with over 100 budget-friendly, nutritious, and delicious recipes for busy families!
Farmers and Curbside Market Locator
Search the map or the directory to find a farmers market or curbside market near you!
Helping Kids Learn to Make Healthy Food Choices in 5 Easy Steps
Help your child learn to love a variety of foods, using these steps.
Let's Talk Trash!
Did you know that 90 billion pounds of edible food goes uneaten each year? Find out more here!
Ithaca 2018 Summer Meal Sites
Ithaca has two locations that offer FREE meals for kids and teens 18 and younger. Click here for the locations, dates and times!
National Nutrition Month Cookbook from Foodlink
This collection of healthy recipes from Foodlink will make it easy to Savor the Flavor of Healthy Eating during National Nutrition Month!
Berries 5 ways
Download and print this beautiful berry recipe poster or simply try out new ways to enjoy berries this seasons!
Delicious Heart Healthy Recipes
Browse four different downloadable heart healthy cookbooks from the National Institutes of Health.
One mom's take on milk
This video summarizes one mom's strategies to make sure her kids get enough milk for good health.
Every Kid Healthy Week Toolkit, April 23-27, 2018
A toolkit for schools to engage staff, students, parents and community members in a celebration of school wellness.
Healthy Eating on a Budget Radio Interview
Sarah Hess' first local radio interview! Listen to her tips for healthy eating on a budget!
2018 Winter Olympics Passport Activity
Prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games just like an Olympic athlete. Create your travel passport to PyeongChang, South Korea, pick your events, and practice for the big day. You’ve only got a few weeks! The Olympic Games start February 9th and are followed by the Paralympic Games on March 9th. Winning an Olympic Gold Metal is within reach, and a white tiger named Soohorang, the 2018 Olympic Mascot, will be cheering for you!
Heart Healthy Home Cooking, African American Style
Try traditional recipes with a heart healthy twist!
Portion Size Matters
Why does it matter that portion sizes are larger than they were 20 years ago? Find out here!
American Heart Month 2018: Take Control of Your Heart Health
For American Heart Month 2017, Million Hearts® is calling on younger Americans to spread prevention messages. We believe young adults have the power to engage their parents in crucial conversations about heart disease prevention that can result in heart-healthy behavior changes.
Portion Distortion Quiz
You will be surprised by how today's portions compare to the portions available 20 years ago! You'll also learn about the amount of physical activity required to burn off the extra calories provided by these larger portions.
MyPlate MyWins Tipsheet
This is an easy reference to help you develop your own healthy eating style, using MyPlate building blocks.
Balance Calories Posters
Download and print these three posters to encourage healthy meal habits, including portion control, in your community.
School snacks just got healthier!
This info graphic shows how school snack choices have fewer "empty" calories than in the past.
Seasonal Produce Guide
This guide gives you detailed info and recipes for seasonally available fruits and vegetables.
Cut Down on Saturated Fats
Limiting saturated fats is important for your health — and it doesn’t mean you have to cut down on flavor. Learn how to swap out saturated fats for healthier options.
Cut Down on Added Sugars
Learn how to limit calories from added sugars—and still enjoy the foods and drinks that you love. This handout will show you how.
Cut Down on Sodium
Eating too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure can raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Try these tips to reduce sodium in your diet.
Shift to Healthier Food and Beverage Choices
Are you looking for easy ways to start eating healthier? Try these small changes that lead to big wins for you and your family!
How to Build a Healthy Eating Pattern
Follow these tips — based on the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans — for making choices that can help you reach or keep a healthy body weight, get the nutrients you need, and lower your risk of health problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancers.
Quick Juice Tip
Depending on age, children can drink ½ to 1 cup, and adults can drink up to 1 cup of 100% fruit or vegetable juice each day.
Make Celebrations Fun, Healthy & Active
Eating healthy and being physically active can be a fun part of parties and events. Great gatherings are easy to do when tasty, healthy foods from all the food groups are offered in a fun, active environment.
Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York School Wellness and CATCH Video
Watch how two local schools are taking a coordinated approach to child health!
Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York Community Gardens Video
This video tells a touching story of 5 community gardens in the Finger Lakes Region supported by Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York.
The People's Garden: Healthy Gardens Healthy Youth Toolkit and Research Results
The Healthy Gardens Healthy Youth Educational Toolkit
Get Growing with Cornell!
This website has loads of information on planting a school or community garden!
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Curriculum
Free garden-themed nutrition lesson plans and hands-on activities for preschool age youth.
The Great Garden Detective Adventure Curriculum
Discover what fruits and vegetables are sweetest, crunchiest, and juiciest through a series of investigations and fun experiences connecting the school garden to the classroom, school cafeteria, and home. This eleven-lesson curriculum is for 3rd and 4th graders.
Guide to You Pick Farms in the Finger Lakes
Looking for a fun activity for you and your family? Try picking produce at a "you pick" farm!
Farm to School Census
The Farm to School census data shares information about what 4,322 districts are doing to bring the farm to their schools.
Build Healthy Mealtime Habits
10 simple tips you can try today to make mealtime healthy & enjoyable.
Snacks that Count Cookbook
With over 30 fun, healthy and delicious snack recipes with names like Octopus Bubbles and Cheesy Critters, you are sure to find several winners with your kids!
How You Can Support Smart Snacks in School
Learn how to support healthy snacks in your child's school.
School Lunch is Better than Ever!
New nutrition standards for schools increase access to healthy food and encourage kids to make smart choices.
National Smarter Lunchrooms Handbook
This handbook, provides schools with the knowledge, motivation, and support needed to build a lunchroom environment that makes the healthy choice the easy choice for all students.
Use Your SNAP/EBT card at participating farmers markets!
Find farmers markets in your area that accept EBT/SNAP food cards for the purchase of healthy local food!
Kids in the Kitchen
See how easy it is to get your kids cooking in the kitchen with this 1 minute video!
Encouraging Kids to Make Healthy Food Choices
Are you wondering how to encourage young children in your life to make healthier food choices? This handout will show you how!
Did you know that food portions have increased over the years? Find out how many calories are in these larger portions, and how much activity you'd need to do to work off those excess calories!
Blast Off Game
Stock your rocket ship with all the food and physical activity you need for a successful trip to outer space!
Build a Healthy Meal (Spanish)
Piense en cómo ajustar las porciones en su plato para obtener más nutrientes sin incrementar las calorías.
Choose My Plate (Spanish)
Use las ideas de ésta lista para balancear las calorías, elegir los alimentos que le conviene comer con mayor frecuencia y reducir la cantidad de alimentos que le conviene comer con menos frecuencia!
Choose My Plate (English)
Check out these great ideas to balance your calories, to choose foods to eat more often, and to cut back on foods to eat less often!
This resources gives you the information you need to help improve students health through fun activities while still meeting your schools needs.
If you're thinking about trying a container garden to grow vegetables, this website will give you tips for getting started. Contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension for more information about container gardens.
Use EBT/SNAP, WIC and Farmers Market checks at Farmers Market
This video gives you tips to reduce your costs for fresh fruits and vegetables at the local Farmers Market, using your SNAP, WIC checks or Farmers Market Nutrition Checks
Farm to School Planning Toolkit
The Farm to School Toolkit guides you through the process of creating a Farm to School Program and provides useful tips and tricks to reference.
Liven Up Your Meals with Vegetables and Fruit (English)
Try these easy ideas for livening up your meals with veggies and fruits!
Kid Friendly Veggies and Fruits (Spanish)
Para animar a los niños a comer vegetales y frutas, hágalas divertidas.
This Cornell home gardening website has guides to 58 vegetables,and numerous flowers and foliage plants. Each guide contains a detailed description and growing instructions, site and soil requirements, varieties, and solutions for managing pests and diseases.
Set the stage for healthy eating in your household
Listen to one mom's tips and tricks for helping her kids learn to enjoy healthy foods.
Keep Your Heart Healthy!
Take steps today to lower your risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
Heart Disease Fact Sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This handout describes heart disease facts, risk factors, and government efforts to prevent this deadly disease.
Know the Facts about Heart Disease
Want to know more about heart disease? Check out this handout to learn what it is, and how you can prevent heart disease.
Smarter Lunchrooms use easy no-cost and low-cost changes to encourage students to select, eat, and enjoy healthier foods in school without eliminating their choice. Click here to learn more.
Fruit, Veggie Swag Rap
Do you have a minute for an active break? This you tube video will have you up and dancing!
Fruit & Veggie Color Champions - Games & Fun!
A collection of fun games for kids, ages 2-5 and 6-8, to learn more about fruits & veggies.
Farm to School: Videos and Webinars
The two webinar series, Healthy Habits Take Root and Growing Roots in Farm to School, are great for learning skills on how to incorporate local foods into your school. They also supply strategies to engage the children and community in the Farm to School project.
Farm to School: Getting Started
Develop a lasting farm to school program in your community with some simple first steps.
Enjoy Foods from Many Cultures (Spanish)
Somos un país diverso y podemos abrazar las tradiciones culturales de las comidas que nos encantan, pero prepararlas de manera más saludable.
Enjoy Foods from Many Cultures (English)
Embrace the cultural traditions of food from around the world!
Eat Right When Money's Tight
Get tips on how to stretch your food dollars using budgeting, food selection, and low-cost recipes.
Easy way to cook dried beans!
Beans are an easy healthy low cost protein and vegetable. Watch this video to learn how to cook dried beans.
Evolution of Mom Dancing, Part 2
Here's another fun dancing video--join in and get your heart pumping!
Claw Grip--The chef's technique for slicing veggies fast!
Want to learn to chop veggies like a pro? This video will show you how!
CDC's Healthy Schools Initiative
What can you do to make your child's school more supportive of healthy eating and physical activity for students? This website has lots of ideas to develop a school environment that encourages healthy lifestyles for students!
Build a Healthy Plate With Vegetables - for CACFP providers
Here are some great ways to offer vegetables at meals and snacks in child care settings such as schools and Head Start.
Build a Healthy Plate With Fruits, for CACFP Providers
Here are some great ways to offer fruit at meals and snacks in child care settings such as schools and Head Start.
Asparagus is a nutritious and delicious vegetable that's easy to prepare. Learn more here!
Altering Recipes for Better Health
Try these suggestions for modifying recipes to make them healthier.
3 Ways to Improve Kids' Food Choices at School
Learn 3 low cost ways the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement can improve kids’ food choices at school
It's all about Broccoli: Find out how to purchase and store broccoli, and learn quick, easy and low cost ways to prepare this nutrient rich family favorite!
Body Mass Index-BMI Calculator
Body Mass Index (BMI) can be used to screen for weight categories that may lead to potential health problems.
Slow Food USA's School Garden Guide
This comprehensive “how-to” guide offers a clear roadmap for developing a successful school garden program in any community.
School Garden Wizard
Are you thinking about starting a school garden? This website will provide information on all aspects of planning a school garden!
Meeting Your MyPlate Goals on a Budget
This book gives you shopping tips and delicious recipes to help you meet your MyPlate goals on a budget.
Lunchroom Makeover Guide
This step-by-step guide assists school leaders in implementing healthy lunchroom changes in schools.