Food & Health
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Have you ever known a child who received free or reduced priced meals at school, or a family who received food stamps? Have you ever volunteered at a food pantry, soup kitchen, or community garden? Have you ever been a recipient of food from one of these places? And have you ever thought about how you can get involved to make a difference in your community?
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Every February we celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month, supported by the American Dental Association (ADA). It first began in 1941 as National Children's Dental Health Day. The topic's popularity grew so that in 1981, the day became a month-long focus on children's dental health. National Dental Health Month focuses on community, through sharing education and activities in schools, clubs, and libraries to help inspire good oral health and dental habits.
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Next month, approximately 40 percent of American will make a New Year's resolution. In the hopes of maintaining long-lasting change, it is common for people to empty their pantries of tempting foods, lace up their jogging shoes, buy a yearly planner or trade sugary drinks for big bottles of water.
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Research suggests that children who take part in regular family meals eat healthier foods, have fewer problems with delinquency and experience greater academic achievement. Family meals also support improved psychological well-being and positive family interactions. Read about the six key reasons why family mealtime should be included in your schedule.
Last year's Indiana State Fair celebrated the state's rich agricultural tradition. This year, Purdue Extension looks to the future with a series of exhibits focused on helping people make easy, everyday choices to develop healthier bodies and stronger communities.
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Shoppers at more than 100 farmers markets, grocery stores, food pantries and roadside produce stands throughout Indiana can now connect with FoodLink, Purdue Extension's online hub for information about healthy foods.
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Bob Rode, aquaculture extension specialist, shares resources to aid with the confusion as to whether seafood is healthy or harmful. USDA encourages the public to consume approximately 2 meals per week of seafood as part of a healthy diet. Is that safe?

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