Better Choices

Better Choices for Health & Wellbeing

What does health and wellbeing mean to you? We know that each person’s journey is personal and unique.  Each month, you’ll find fresh new information from farm to fork (and beyond) so you can find the better choices that are right for you.  It’s all about balance and enjoying occasional treats while making informed decisions every day.Moderation is key, and with a little planning, pretty much all your favorite things fit in just fine. Want that piece of birthday cake on your birthday? Have it by balancing it with healthier meals throughout the day and including some activity. Making better daily choices starts with small steps, and pretty soon, you might just find that your small better choices become bigger ones. It can happen. Better choices are all about taking that first step, whatever that may be for you.

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Food Safety

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Follow the four steps to food safety: Clean – Separate – Cook – and Chill.

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College Checklist

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Tips and techniques to help can foods safely.

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Health Tips: Exercise and Sleep

Check out these easy tips for adding in activity and getting enough sleep.

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Get Local!

Enjoy local foods and flavors. Support local farms and learn what's grown nearby.

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Coping with Stress

Stressed out? Try some of these tips to help manage it.

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Crunchy Rainbow Wrap

Try this tasty idea that comes together quickly!

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Balanced Meals for Busy Days

Busy days call for planning ahead. Try these lists and recipes to make your mealtime tasty, fun and efficient.

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Waldorf Salad with Lemon Yogurt Dressing

Try this tasty idea that comes together quickly!

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Hack your snack!

Planning snacks can help to meet nutrition needs while satisfying hunger.

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What's in Season?

Spruce up your menu with seasonal fruits and veggies!

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Make it at home!

Save money, learn to cook, and enjoy foods  you love by making meals at home.

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Kim Kirchherr

Kim Kirchherr, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND is an award winning registered dietitian. She serves as the IGA Health & Wellbeing Advisor and is available for consulting and speaking engagements.  Kim has experience in agriculture, supermarket, media (traditional and social), hospital-based health and fitness centers, and outpatient medical nutrition therapy programs. She served as the Chair of the Food & Culinary Professionals Dietetic Practice Group (FCP) in 2017-18 and has been chair of both the FCP Agriculture and Supermarket Subgroups. Kim is a past president of Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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