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

Farmer Stories

Peanut Farming

DYK January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day? Learn more about peanut farming and farmers.

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Growing Oats

January is Oatmeal Month! Learn more about oats from the Louisiana Farm Bureau.

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Corn Plants

Popcorn from Seed to Snack

Did you know January 19 is National Popcorn Day? Learn more about one of your favorite whole grain snacks.

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Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Quicker to make since no baking is needed, try these tasty whole grain oats and peanut butter cookies!

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Thai Noodle Soup

Slow Cooker Thai Noodle Soup

January is Slow Cooker and Soup Month! Celebrate deliciously and try this balanced, flavorful meal this week.

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Chili Popcorn

Popcorn is a fun and delicious whole grain option. Try this savory snack perfect for this time of year.

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Food Safety

Food Safety

Food Safe Shopping

Follow these tips to help prevent food-borne illness.

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Power Outage

Food Safety During Power Outages

Do you have a plan if the power goes out? Watch this video for handy tips to help you keep your food safe.

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Food Safety Video

Food Safety in Seconds

Food safety can be easier than you think. Follow these four simple steps.

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Move Your Way

Move Your Way: Activity Planner

Focusing on activity this year? Use this interactive tool to build your plan.

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Get Motivated

Move Your Way: Tips for Getting Motivated

Need some easy ways to add a little more activity to your routine? We've got you covered.

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Indoor Workout

Move Your Way: Tips for Getting Active Indoors

Cold weather doesn't have to stop the fun! Watch this video for tips to help get physical activity inside.

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Eating Fish: What Pregnant Women and Parents Should Know

If adding more seafood to the menu is a priority this year, check out this handy chart to help with all the delicious options.

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Examining Food Label

What's New About the Nutrition Facts Label?

Learn more about the updates to the Label.

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Food Safety

Food Safe Meal Planning

Follow these tips to help prevent foodborne illness.

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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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