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Popcorn // A Healthy Snack 

January 19th is National Popcorn Day!   Did you know that the corn we eat and the corn we pop are two different varieties? They are! Only one variety of corn can become popcorn, Zea mays everta. This corn variety has small ears, and the kernels burst when exposed to dry heat.   When popcorn… Continue reading Popcorn // A Healthy Snack 

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Happy Hydrating // Hydration Tips

How much water do you drink daily? Often you will hear the 8x8 rule recited, meaning eight 8-ounce glasses or 64 ounces. Or maybe you’ve heard you need an ounce per pound of body weight but how much do you really need?  Well, it depends. Factors such age age, sex, medical conditions, activity level, and… Continue reading Happy Hydrating // Hydration Tips

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Start Smarter // Set SMART Goals

As we ring in the year many of us are setting goals, making plans, and full of motivation. If you haven’t set your goals yet, I’d encourage you to make SMART Goals.   SMART GOALS  SMART is an acronym for:   Specific: Well defined, clear, and unambiguous  Measurable: With specific criteria that measure your progress… Continue reading Start Smarter // Set SMART Goals

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Fighting the Winter Blues // Tips to Stay Physically Active

Winter is always a hard time for me. With the freezing temperatures, less sunlight, and even snowy weather, it can often make it difficult for us to stay active. But that does not have to be the case. Let’s talk about how physical activity can help fight those winter blues and some tips and tricks… Continue reading Fighting the Winter Blues // Tips to Stay Physically Active

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Happy Thanksgiving! // Leftovers

There are so many recipes to avoid wasting any Thanksgiving leftovers – make sure to check them out!   Leftoverpallooza I   Leftoverpallooza II   Mashed Potato Turkey Bites   Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole   Turkey Stew / Estofado de Pavo    Turkey Tostadas / Tostadas de Pavo    Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas / Quesadillas de Frijol Negro y Batata    Broccoli Potato Soup / Sopa de Brócoli y Papa   … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving! // Leftovers

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A Grateful Thanksgiving // What are you grateful for?

Happy Thanksgiving! This time of year always makes me feel so grateful for what I have.    I decided to enlist the help of the wonderful Create Better Health ambassadors, supervisors, and State Office to see what they are thankful for this year, and hope that you will be able to make a list, as well.   … Continue reading A Grateful Thanksgiving // What are you grateful for?

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Create Amazing Veggies // Microwave Spaghetti Squash

Last week I tried spaghetti squash for the first time. Have you ever tried it? My friend, Amberly, over at createbetterhealth.org posted on our Instagram page about how to cook spaghetti squash, and I figured I should try it! Let me tell you… It was so good. Fruitsandveggies.org shares all the fun facts and tips… Continue reading Create Amazing Veggies // Microwave Spaghetti Squash

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Cropping Up // Utah Specialty Crop Podcast

Emma Parkhurst, Assistant Professor, Health & Wellness at Utah State University Extension, is teaming up with Utah Public Radio. She'll be hosting a podcast all about Utah specialty crops - products that are unique to our state. Each podcast will feature some of these crops, their health benefits, and the role they play in helping Utahns… Continue reading Cropping Up // Utah Specialty Crop Podcast

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Survive the Ups and Downs with Family Mealtime // Sesame Chicken

Did you know that the communication and relationship skills learned at the dinner table help prepare you and your family for life's ups and downs? The FMI Foundation tells us all about it with their Family Meals Movement. But what if family mealtime feels less like a time of family togetherness and more like a… Continue reading Survive the Ups and Downs with Family Mealtime // Sesame Chicken

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Looking to Help? // Buy Produce for Your Neighbor

Are you looking for an easy way to help your community? The “Buy Produce for Your Neighbor,” program is a food drive designed to help those in need of fresh produce. Held at select farmers markets in Utah, you can purchase extra produce to be donated to the local food pantry. Here's how it works:… Continue reading Looking to Help? // Buy Produce for Your Neighbor

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Cropping Up // Utah Specialty Crop Podcast

Emma Parkhurst, Assistant Professor, Health & Wellness at Utah State University Extension, is teaming up with Utah Public Radio. She'll be hosting a podcast all about Utah specialty crops - products that are unique to our state. Each podcast will feature some of these crops, their health benefits, and the role they play in helping Utahns… Continue reading Cropping Up // Utah Specialty Crop Podcast

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Create Amazing Veggies // Sweet Seasoned Carrots

Have you experienced veggie boredom? Do you know how to take veggies from boring to amazing? It only take four steps! Use our Create Amazing Veggies Handout as your guide. You can get a copy here. Watch the video below to see how easy it is to create amazing veggies. https://videopress.com/v/MTtRMCbC?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true Enjoy!

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Every Kid Healthy Week // A Celebration of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Learning

It is Every Kid Healthy Week, a national celebration that highlights the importance of nutrition, physical activity, and learning. Celebrating is easier than you think! Check out the 101 ideas below. Click to view in new window For more ideas to celebrate and get involved, visit everykidhealthy.org. You can also find and support Action For Health… Continue reading Every Kid Healthy Week // A Celebration of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Learning

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National Nutrition Month // Celebrate a World of Flavors

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics designates March as National Nutrition Month. It is a great time to focus on the basics of a healthy diet and set a few goals to be more healthy. This year's theme is Celebrate a World of Flavors. Celebrating flavors from cultures around the world is a tasty way to… Continue reading National Nutrition Month // Celebrate a World of Flavors

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22 Tips for 2022 // What Will You Do In 2022?

Many of us set goals this time of year. How will you create a healthy lifestyle in 2022? Small changes over time lead to healthier habits and behaviors, and a healthier you! We've compiled our best tips below. Decide which change you will make to create better health. Set Goals - It’s the New Year!… Continue reading 22 Tips for 2022 // What Will You Do In 2022?

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Tips for Takeout // Restaurant Copycat Recipes

Eating out can be a way to treat yourself, a timesaver on a busy night, or an opportunity for a night off from cooking. The Create Better Health team encourages people to eat at home to save money and to prepare more nutritious meals, but eating out isn't all bad. MyPlate tells us that making… Continue reading Tips for Takeout // Restaurant Copycat Recipes

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Let’s HIIT It! // Breakfast Sundae

Has your exercise routine lost its luster? Adding something new may help you keep momentum. Consider adding high intensity interval training (HIIT) to your routine one or two times a week. HIIT is an exercise technique that combines speed with recovery. Before you start a HIIT workout, you want to warm up your body. During… Continue reading Let’s HIIT It! // Breakfast Sundae