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Nutrition Notes is one of several educational tools used by FORK to broaden the community's understanding around issues related to  nutrition, childhood food insecurity, and the availability of nutritional support at the local, state, and national levels. The specific goal of the Nutrition Notes program is to provide individuals with a weekly source of scientific and experience-based information on how to better serve the nutritional needs of their children.

Nutrition Notes are posted on FORK's Facebook page each Wednesday.

Members of FORK's Nutrition Advisory Team

Rick Miech
Education Coordinator
Feed Our Rural Kids, Inc.

Mary Stys
FoodWise Nutrition Educator, Oneida/Vilas Counties

Karly Harrison
FoodWise Coordinator, Florence/Forest/Oneida/Vilas Counties

Eat Healthy! Dairy

January 19, 2022

We’ve all heard that dairy products are important to our overall nutrition, and they’re included in MyPlate, the guide to healthy eating from the US Department of Agriculture. Watch this short video to get an idea of how essential dairy is.

We’ve begun a New Year! Yes!

January 12, 2022
Some of us have made resolutions, one of which may be to eat better, eat healthier, be more selective about what we eat. This resource from MyPlate may be a good way to start the year. We’ll periodically have more information from My Plate. Meantime, healthy eating!

Happy Healthy New Year and NUTRITION NOTES from FORK……

January 5, 2022

The following is an excerpt from WebMD that caught our eye. A new year and new goals are often put in place. We can all learn from this or let it serve as a reminder.

“We make a lot of New Year’s resolutions around food. We vow to eat less sugar, less fat, and less salt. We promise ourselves we’ll eat more veggies, whole grains, and fish and cut down on burgers and second helpings.

These are good first steps, but you can make other kinds of food resolutions, too, ones that benefit your whole family’s health, not just your own. Try my family food resolutions.

*Schedule family dinners. Studies show that gathering around the table for an evening meal helps kids get better grades, resist peer pressure to drink and smoke, and avoid eating disorders. Families are busy, I know, but aim for four nights a week. It will motivate you to prepare healthier meals and find time to talk to your kids.

*Take charge. Make this the year you’re in control, not your 3-year-old. When trying something new, a little struggle is OK. If your child spits out food, that’s OK. What’s not OK is eating not-so-nutritious food just because your kids say they like it.

*Start experimenting. Try one new fruit or vegetable each week. I like to go for a new color: a lighter shade of green, a deeper shade of yellow, orange, purple, even blue. Let your kids help you find unfamiliar varieties at the grocery, then search WebMD or your favorite cooking site for recipe and preparation ideas.” -WebMD

MyPlate Holiday Makeover // 10 Tips For Healthier Holiday Choices

December 22, 2021

Many holiday traditions are centered around food. It is important to celebrate traditions. It is also important to make healthier choices while celebrating. Simple swaps and substitutions are a great way to make favorite recipes a little more healthy. That way, you can keep on your path to create better health, and celebrate food traditions, too. Check out MyPlate’s Holiday Makeover below to get started.

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Happy and Healthy Holidays

December 15, 2021
Sometimes, when the holidays are here, we’re not as careful as we might be otherwise when it comes to our eating. Here are a few tips that might help get us through the season.

Healthy and Fun Celebrations at Home, School or Anywhere

December 8, 2021

We’re in the holiday season, the kids will have a break
from school, and will be looking for fun things to do.
Sometimes, projects in the kitchen make for something to peak their interests. Here are some holiday activities to keep them busy.

Nutrition Nibbles Cranberries

December 1, 2021

Cranberries were a part of most Thanksgiving dinners, and the northwoods of Wisconsin is cranberry-rich. We have just the right environment all around for growing this healthy food. Here’s a recipe to help you use up any leftover cranberries you may have. Enjoy!


Holiday Food Safety

November 24, 2021

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and families will be gathering around the dinner table, enjoying the benefits of those who create in the kitchen. Be sure to thank them for their work. It’s timely to remember a few things about food safety so that everyone can enjoy their Thanksgiving feast with no food-related problems. Here’s a short video reminder! Bon Apetit!

Turkey Basics

November 10, 2021
I don’t know about you, but I look forward to having turkey around Thanksgiving, if not at other times of the year. I tend to use up as much of the turkey as possible, which includes taking the turkey carcass after carving, placing it in a large stock pot, covering it with water, and simmering it for 4 to 5 hours to create a nutritious broth that I can save for making soup, among other things. There are always leftovers, so here are some creative ways to use up your turkey.

Sweet Potato Basics

November 3, 2021

Thanksgiving will be here in a few weeks, and one of the items on most Thanksgiving tables, in one form or another, is the Sweet Potato. It is a nutritious and versatile vegetable, sweet or savory. Here are some additional facts and a few recipes for this healthy, vitamin-packed food.…/mon…/sweet_potato_monthly.pdf

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