What’s new with food labels?

May 9, 2018 Comments Off on What’s new with food labels?

Do you read food labels? Labels can be helpful if you know what you’re looking for. And they can be enlightening when you compare one label to another. For example, did  you know that Trix cereal has less sugar than Vanilla Almond Special K? Who would have guessed that? There are 10 grams of sugar in Trix and 12 in... Continue Reading

Decision fatigue defeated!

April 26, 2018 Comments Off on Decision fatigue defeated!

The average person makes 227 decisions just around food a day! Making decisions is taxing! It can wear us out. It’s no wonder we can loose all control and become impulsive or make unhealthy choices at the end of the day. It even has a name.  It’s called “decision fatigue” and it’s exactly what it sounds like. The quality of... Continue Reading

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Grants will help businesses support breastfeeding

March 28, 2018 Comments Off on Grants will help businesses support breastfeeding

The application deadline for the grant has passed.  The benefits of breastfeeding are extensive. Breastfed babies received added immunity from many illnesses, such as asthma, ear infections, and diabetes. Mothers that breastfeed have lower rates of diabetes, heart disease, and breast and ovarian cancer.  But, did you know that breastfeeding benefits workplaces, too? Becoming a breastfeeding supportive business delivers a... Continue Reading

, Logan Smith enjoys a salad during snack time at Sawtooth Elementary School in Grand Marais, Minn. Logan’s class grew the lettuce throughout the winter using tower gardens in his classroom. Photo courtesy of Betsy Jorgenson.

Indoor gardens produce fresh snacks year-round in Cook County

December 27, 2017 Comments Off on Indoor gardens produce fresh snacks year-round in Cook County

Students in Cook County are learning to grow plants and snacking on fresh veggies during class, thanks to gardens transported into the classroom. Cook County has had a school district wellness committee since 2007. One result of the committee’s work has been a school-based agriculture project at the elementary school. During the 2016-2017 school year, a teacher found a way... Continue Reading

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The Future of Food, Health, and the Economy: What Can We Bring to the Table?

December 13, 2017 Comments Off on The Future of Food, Health, and the Economy: What Can We Bring to the Table?

By Heidi Klingelhofer, Aitkin County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership intern When consumers, producers, distributors, and purchasers come together, it is amazing the things that can be accomplished. On Friday, December 1st, 2017 nearly sixty people from Northeastern Minnesota came together at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron to discuss a common goal: increasing access to locally-sourced foods. Among the attendees... Continue Reading

When Bigger Isn’t Better

November 22, 2017 Comments Off on When Bigger Isn’t Better

When norms change, we change. That has certainly been the case regarding food and portion sizes. In Dr. Wendy Scinta’s blog The History of Portion Sizes: How They’ve Changed Over Time. It’s hard to dispute the simplicity of her point: the new norms around portion sizes of our favorite foods is hurting us. See the graphic below to understand how much... Continue Reading

Coming Dec. 1: What can we bring to the table?

November 15, 2017 Comments Off on Coming Dec. 1: What can we bring to the table?

Are you passionate about local food? Are you a farmer, a distributor, a purchaser, or even just someone who eats? If so, you’re invited to the Northeastern Minnesota Food Charter in Action event, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron. Join others to talk about all things food. The focus is how... Continue Reading

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Students at McGregor School District Dig Their Farmers!

October 17, 2017 Comments Off on Students at McGregor School District Dig Their Farmers!

This month, students at McGregor School District will be eating squash grown by Gilby’s Nursery & Orchard in Palisade, MN. If you or your school aren’t sure what to do with  squash, you can stop wondering now! Learn everything you need to know from this Squash-Harvest of The Month Family Newsletter  provided by Aitkin County SHIP and partners. You’ll find... Continue Reading

Use Your EBT Card at Participating Farmers Markets

August 4, 2017 Comments Off on Use Your EBT Card at Participating Farmers Markets

Everyone is welcome to shop or just look around at farmers markets in the Northland.  A farmers market is where farmers can sell their products or produce to customers directly. It’s a great place to find healthy, local, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Many also sell meats, preserves, syrup, cheeses, baked goods, plants and more. Shopping at a farmers market... Continue Reading

6 Tips for Visiting a Farmers’ Market

June 28, 2017 Comments Off on 6 Tips for Visiting a Farmers’ Market

When you walk into a grocery store, you usually know what to do. You get a cart or basket and, depending on what you need, head that direction. Fresh foods are usually on the perimeter of the store. Packaged items are in isles, in the middle of the store. But when entering a farmers’ market there can be different rules... Continue Reading