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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Farmer Stories

Rethink the Ranch

Rethink the Ranch

Much has changed since the days of cowboys, cattle drives and the Old West.

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Virtual Ranch Tours

Virtual Ranch Tours

See how America's beef farmers and ranchers raise cattle to produce high-quality beef.

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U.S. Potato Industry

U.S. Potato Industry Grower Profiles

Take a moment and meet some of the special men and women from across the country who are proud to help feed you and your family.

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Recipes

Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Fresh Basil Pesto

Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Fresh Basil Pesto

Give mashed potatoes recipe a twist by adding fresh pesto.

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Herbed Beef Tenderloin with Holiday Rice

Herbed Beef Tenderloin with Holiday Rice

Roasted center-cut tenderloin coated with herbs and spices and served with festive red-pepper-and-green-bean rice blend.

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Herb Topped Beef Roast with Roasted Cauliflower

Herb Topped Beef Roast with Roasted Cauliflower

Top loin roast rubbed with garlic and thyme for big flavor and served with simple, delicious roasted cauliflower.

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Food Safety

Winter Holiday Food Safety

Road Map for Winter Holiday Food Safety

As the year winds down, check out these easy, important tips for helping keep your food safe at the party and every day.

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Food thermometer

Festive Food Safety for your Holiday Buffet

Check out these tips for food safe festivities.

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Kid washing hands

Are You in the Scrub Club?

Check out these fun activities for kids that help teach proper hand-washing, too.

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Planning

Snowman on Plate

Make a Snowman on Your Plate!

Edible crafts are just right for snowy days. Follow these steps to have some fun in the kitchen.

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Local Produce

My Plate, My State

Learn what's local in your state!

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Pears

Hand-Picked: The Story of Pears in the Pacific Northwest

Pears are a great fruit to choose in winter. Check out their journey from tree to you.

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Wellbeing

Flu Season

What's New with the Flu?

Learn more about what you can do for the 2018-19 flu season.

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Woman Running in Winter

Cold Weather Fitness Guide

American Heart Association tips for staying active even when there's a chill in the air.

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Seniors walking in a mall

Get Healthy this Holiday Season!

Walking in the mall (or the grocery store!) is a great way to get in those steps when it's extra cold outside.

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KimKirchherr
Kim Kirchherr
MS, RD, LDN, CDE, FAND

Kim Kirchherr, MS, RDN, LDN (Illinois), CDE, FAND, ACSM-CPT is an award winning registered dietitian and a certified personal trainer. 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. www.kimkirchherr.com

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