Want to eat healthy? Try getting back to nutrition basics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- It’s March, and many New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside. But if your goal was to eat healthier in 2018, you’re in luck: March is National Nutrition Month. This is an opportunity to recommit to healthy eating, says a registered dietitian with the University of Florida. Popular diets come and go, but the no-frills, evidence-based guidelines are here to stay. Kaley Mialki, youth programs specialist

Florida 4-H: Virtual 5K promotes healthy lifestyle among youth, families

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- There’s more than one way to complete a 5K, and Florida youth and their families are planning to try them all during the month of March as part of a statewide effort to promote a healthy lifestyle. To get involved in the Florida 4-H Virtual 5K, participants can run, walk, bike, dance, swim—anything that gets them to 6,500 steps, the equivalent of 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles, said Vanessa Spero-Swingle, a regional

National Ag Day reminds us of the enormous impact of agriculture on our daily lives

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- When most people walk into a grocery store, the shelves are stocked year-round with all the food they want, so they might not consider the origins of their food. Jack Payne, University of Florida senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, said it’s critical to know the origins of our food supply, and not just for the sake of being aware. “As a nation, we’ve recently declared that getting too

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