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!
The People's Garden Initiative
This Initiative works across USDA and with partners to start and sustain school gardens, community gardens, urban farms, and small-scale agriculture projects in rural and urban areas with the mission of growing healthy food, people and communities.
How You Can Support Smart Snacks in School
Learn how to support healthy snacks in your child's school.
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).
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!
Be a Healthy Role Model for Children
They learn from watching you--eat healthy and be active, and your kids will too!
Be an Active Family
Being active as a family can benefit everyone. Adults need 2½ hours a week of physical activity, and children need 60 minutes a day. Check out these tips to add more activity to your family’s busy schedule.
New York State Parks website
Now is the time to get out with your family and friends, and enjoy the beauty and fun in Finger Lakes State Parks! This website will help you find a NYS Park near you!
Physical Activity Guidelines for Youth
What's the recommendations for physical activity for kids? Find out here!
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.
Fresh Herbs: A Picture of Healthy Eating
Check out this beautiful photo guide for using fresh herbs in your recipes!
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!
Build Healthy Mealtime Habits
10 simple tips you can try today to make mealtime healthy & enjoyable.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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 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.
Create Your Family Media Plan
How much screen time is healthy for you and your family? This tool will help you create a personalized family media use plan.
Liven Up Your Meals with Vegetables and Fruit (English)
Try these easy ideas for livening up your meals with veggies and fruits!
Let's Move Active Schools
Active kids do better in school. But how do we ensure that kids get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day? Make 60 minutes of physical activity a day the norm in K-12 schools. Let’s Move! Active Schools equips schools with the resources and tools to increase physical education and physical activity opportunities for students, and to cultivate an Active School environment.
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.
American Heart Month 2017: Change Starts with a Heart-to-Heart
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.
This brochure describes the CATCH Program, a school based program that transforms children’s health by improving their nutrition, level of physical activity, classroom environment, and community.
Preschooler Growth Charts
Put your toddler's length and weight into this calculator, and see how your child is growing!
Body Mass Index Calculator for Youth and Adults
Use this tool to track your child's growth, and to calculate your own body mass index (BMI). A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. To determine if a high BMI is a health risk, a healthcare provider would need to perform further assessments. These assessments might include evaluations of diet, physical activity, family history, and other screening tests.
Grow It, Try It, Like It!
Free garden-themed nutrition lesson plans and hands-on activities for preschool age youth.
Get Growing with Cornell!
This website has loads of information on planting a school or community garden!
Fruit, Veggie Swag Rap
Do you have a minute for an active break? This you tube video will have you up and dancing!
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 with Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon
Dance along with this short video--what a fun way to take a quick break and get your heart pumping!
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.
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.
Best Bones Forever for Girls
This website has lots of fun stuff to show you how to build strong bones!
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.
The People's Garden: Healthy Gardens Healthy Youth Toolkit and Research Results
The Healthy Gardens Healthy Youth Educational Toolkit
Lunchroom Makeover Guide
This step-by-step guide assists school leaders in implementing healthy lunchroom changes in schools.