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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

Tomato Basics

September 8, 2021

If you’ve visited any of the local farmers markets you will have noticed that tomatoes are everywhere. This is one of my favorite fruits (yes, it is a fruit), and I enjoy them in all kinds of ways. Check out this link for some great information.…/m…/TomatoFHM%20English%202018.pdf

Feed in the Right Way for Your Child’s Stage of Develpment

September 1, 2021

With school back in session meal times become even more important to not only feed our family but to catch up on what happened during the day. If the evenings become too hectic with schedules pick a different meal (or snack) to sit down with your child.

Check out Ellyn Satters tips for making meal times go smoothly.

Nutrition Nibbles : Zucchini

August 25, 2021

You’ve probably noticed that there’s a lot of zucchini available at this time of year. This prompted the spirits several years ago to create National Leave Some of Your Extra Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch day. I like it sliced, breaded and fried, in cakes and bars and cookies. But my favorite way to eat them is as a pancake. Give it a try.…/Nutrition-Nibbles-Zucch…

Not So Fast Blaming Slow Metabolism for Midlife Weight Gain

August 18, 2021

This is a really interesting article that highlights findings from an ongoing study on metabolism. It debunks the theory of metabolism slowing in our 30s – 50s and find that metabolism remains consistent age 20-60.…/dont-blame-metabolism-for-weight-ga…

Blueberry Basics

August 11, 2021

Locally, there are some foods that are only available fresh duriing the summer months. One of those foods are blueberries. Check out this information in the link below.
(Oh, and just to let you in on my own favorite way to eat blueberries during the summer . . . try freezing them as described for later use, but then eat them frozen as a snack. Better than popsicles!)


Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad

August 4, 2021

Often the response to what a ‘healthy diet’ looks like includes a lot of vegetables. Why is that? Why do vegetables matter?

Veggies are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber and also considered a low calorie food. They are versatile for cooking and usually can be included in meals in many different ways – as a side, in a dish or as the main entrée.

Check out this yummy salad that includes summer vegetables that are in season right now. And be sure to visit the farmers market today for some local fresh veggies!

Green Beans

August 1, 2021

Green Beans are another one of the foods of summertime. They can be cooked and served in so many ways. Maybe you’ve enjoyed them deep fried! Check out the recipes for some ways you might not have considered.

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July 16, 2021

Some of the signs of summer are seasonal foods that we can enjoy. One of those foods that is appearing everywhere is the Watermelon. In addition to being tasty, this summer treat provides hydration and vital nutrients. Delicious and Nutritious!

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10 Reasons to Support Farmers Markets

July 7, 2021

Be sure to check out the farmers market and farm stands in the area this summer. Buying local means the produce tastes great and hasn’t traveled across the country to get here! Plus supporting your local farmer is a great way to support local business.

The Eagle River market is Wednesday mornings and Sunday afternoons.

Salad in a Bag

June 23, 2021
Here’s a quick and easy idea for eating on the go, especially if you like salads. The beauty of this idea is that you can adjust the ingredients to your taste, adding veggies you like and different types of lettuce.

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