October is the month and time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between schools and local food!

Farm to School is unique program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers. This special program exist in all 50 states, but since Farm to School is a grassroots movement, the programs are as diverse as the communities that build them.

What are the benefits of Farm to School?

Farm to School programs are based on the foundation that students will choose healthier foods.  These healthy foods includes more fruits and vegetables, that are fresh, locally grown, and picked at the peak of their flavor.   The Farm to School programs provide benefits to the entire community: children, farmers, food service staff, parents, and teachers.  Here are some statistics a...

     Hypertension happens when there is an abnormal elevated pressure and the heart must work harder to pump an adequate amount of blood to all the tissues of the body.   The treatment is to lower the blood pressure to less than 140 systolic and less than 90 diastolic for most people.  Below are three examples of natural support options to lower blood pressure.  

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      It is important to follow a strict salt-free diet which is the essential for lowering blood pressure.  Start doing this by reading the food labels and look for the serving size amount then the milligrams of sodium.  It depends on the amount of sodium restriction that the doctor wants client to have and it can range from 2,300 mgs to 1,000 mgs per day.  A low sodium product is 300 mgs and under based on the serving size amount.  Also read the ingredient section of the food label  and beware for items that states salt, soda, sodium, sodium bicarbonate, monosodium glutamate.  You...

Since the winter  is here do you think eating locally needs to stop during this time of year? Definitely not so! Cold weather crops, the use of hoop houses and other methods to extend the natural growing season, and old storage bins for vegetables like cabbages and potatoes all mean that there are plenty of winter fruits and vegetables to choose from in most of the country. Look for the winter fruits and vegetables at farmers markets and in produce departments for the best flavor (and greatest value) in season. Specific crops and harvest dates will depend on your region’s climate and most of these are only available locally in temperate regions.

 

What types of fruits and vegetables are good to eat during the winter season?  They are cabbage, celery, pears, carrots, spinach, brussels sprouts, parsnips, cauliflower, broccoli, grapefruit, sweet potatoes and yams, onions and leeks, potatoes, winter squash, mushrooms, pears and turnips.

 

If you want to extend your winter gardening season then...

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This blog is meant to inform and entertain the general public and other healthcare providers on nutrition and health issues. Information on this blog does not replace that of your own health care provider. The opinions presented on this blog are my own and do not necessarily represent that of my employer or associations.  This blog is designed for educational and entertainment purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for personal medical attention, diagnosis or hands-on treatment. None of the information in these posts are to be mistaken for medical care or recommendations. ALWAYS consult your doctor prior to changing your diet or starting a new supplement or exercise regime. The information in this blog is based in either opinion, life experience, or sometimes hard science. As I am simply sharing what I feel to be the truth in my life, I always urge people to find what they consider to be theirs. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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