Healthy Kids

— Written By Sally Southard

The Healthy Kids 2017 campaign is designed to help you and your family stay healthy. We will be providing information and useful links that will focus on healthy eating habits and the importance of a physically active lifestyle. The information provided here comes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s website, ChooseMyPlate.gov. MyPlate is an easy-to-follow guide to eating nutritious, balanced meals. The colorful plate is divided into sections that include fruit, vegetables, protein, grains, and dairy.

For the month of August, we would like to focus on whole grain foods and the importance they play in maintaining a healthy diet. Whole grains are important sources of nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, and fiber. Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain is a grain product, however, there are whole grains and there are refined grains. Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel and these foods should be handled with care. Over time and if not properly stored, oils in whole grains can cause spoilage. Use these 10 tips from the USDA Nutrition Education Series for advice on choosing and storing whole-grain foods and making half your grains whole grains.