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


Grow it, Try it, Like it!

Attention, Parents! Need some fun ideas to do with the kids this summer? Play farmer! Check out this kit from the USDA to help promote learning at home with fun downloadable parent/child activities and recipes with tips for cooking with children.

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July is Pickle Month- It's kind of a "Big Dill"

Ever wonder how that pickle gets to your plate? It all starts on the farm. Check out this video from our friends at Texas Farm Bureau to learn more.

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Celebrate Blueberry Month!

Oregon is one of the biggest producers of blueberries. Take a virtual trip to the blueberry fields to learn more about this super delicious favorite.

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Easy Banana Ice Cream

If you like banana splits, try this take on it and make your own banana ice cream! It's a great way to use those over ripe bananas.

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Healthy, Thrifty Menus for July

Make the most of seasonal favorites at your next meal.

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Pink Party Salad

"Turn up the beet" and try this pretty pink spin on potato salad for your next picnic or backyard party.

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Kim Kirchherr

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.

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