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  • Posted by: Donna Shanklin on 1/26/2015 4:25 PM

    Preschoolers are making food choices everyday, and many of their food choices are made by observing the people around them. If they have a brother or sister that don't like fruits and vegetables then they may not like fruits and vegetables. They don't eat the food because they have tried the food, but because they are mode[...]


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  • Posted by: Donna Shanklin on 10/8/2014 9:36 AM

    ​October is National Eat Better, Eat Together Month and when families eat together, meals are likely to be more nutritious. Also, kids who eat regularly with their families are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods and are more likely to eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

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  • Posted by: Donna Shanklin on 4/8/2014 2:09 PM

    May is Asthma awareness month. It is a time to bring awareness of a chronic incurable, inflammatory disorder of the airways. 

    Did you know that Asthma is one of our nations most common and costly diseases? There is no known cause and over 20 million people have it.  The severity of asthma, as well as the frequency of asthma episodes (“attacks”), can be influenced by exposures to allergens and/ irritants (“triggers”) in the env[...]


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  • Posted by: Donna Shanklin on 1/9/2014 12:29 PM

    ​Snacking during the work hours can help to keep a person's energy up during the day if they haven't been able to have a healthy breakfast or lunch. However, often the snack choices available at the worksite aren't the healthiest. Also, we often lack the knowledge about nutrition to make the healthy choice.

    Alabama Department of Public Health's (ADPH) seeks to provide guidance in helping individuals and worksites make healthie[...]


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  • Posted by: Donna Shanklin on 12/18/2013 10:31 AM

    ​Are you one of the many uninsured that haven’t signed up for health insurance yet? Is confusion about where to go and how to figure out which plan is best for you and your family have you at a standstill?

    One of the first things you might consider doing is reading background information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - What the goals of the ACA are, and the role providing health insurance to millions will have in crea[...]


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  • Posted by: Donna Shanklin on 11/6/2013 12:46 PM

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering changing various rules as they relate to the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). The implementation of these rules may impact the produce that is available locally.

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  • Posted by: Donna Shanklin on 10/21/2013 11:39 AM

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    The presence of lead in the home has an impact on the health of everyone in the home. The impact of lead exposure can be found in almost every organ and system in your body. Children six years old and younger are most susceptible to the effects of lead. For 2013, A[...]


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  • Posted by: Donna Shanklin on 10/4/2013 1:58 PM

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    Apples are a healthy food choice. They are convenient, fast and nutritious. Naturally fat and cholesterol free, apples are also a source of fiber. Currently, the average Alabamian eats only 1.6 servings of fruits and vegetables pe[...]


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  • Posted by: Onikia Brown on 9/10/2013 3:05 PM

    The HNDH team is getting ready for the new year! 



    Expanding, implementing and enhancing nutrition and health programs to better serve you!​​

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  • Posted by: Valerie Conner on 9/10/2013 2:14 PM

    ​Did you know that people who eat whole grains as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases? Grains provide nutrients important for good health and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that at least half of all grains eaten be whole grains. September is National Whole Grains Month which serves as a reminder that Americans need more whole grains in their daily diet.

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  • Posted by: Donna Shanklin on 8/26/2013 1:11 PM

    Preparedness is a year-round process. However, September is when there is a media focus on building awareness of preparing for emergencies.

    Have you thought of about being prepared for an emergency in 2013 and beyond?

    When storms were forecast for your area – Did you buy a weather radio? Did you stock up on non-perishable items?

    When you ren[...]

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  • Posted by: Donna Shanklin on 8/5/2013 3:44 PM

    August is here and that means school is just around the corner. Schools are a key setting for healthy nutrition and physical activity strategies. Many schools have already made changes to their school nutrition environments, improved the quality of the foods served, and now provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices.

    Do you really know if your children are eating healthy school meals? The only real way to be sure i[...]


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  • Posted by: Donna Shanklin on 7/11/2013 11:33 AM

    One of my favorite childhood memories was the BIG 4th of July picnic my grandmother always organized for our family. We looked forward to this celebration because of the chance to see friends and relatives, play games, watch the fireworks, and eat watermelon. In my family we were not allowed to eat watermelon until the 4th of July - it was family rule my grandmother made. Today as an adult I can eat watermelon whenever I have the urge. B[...]

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  • Posted by: Valerie Conner on 6/21/2013 12:36 PM

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    There are many fruits for the summer but one that will take you back to your childhood if you are over 40 is blackberries.  You don’t see many growing wild these days but 30 years and back you could walk the dirt roads and pick gallons of the seedy fruit. Of course, you had to wash the road dust from the berries and you probably took home more than a few redbugs.  [...]

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  • Posted by: Donna Shanklin on 6/14/2013 10:04 AM

    The number of foodborne illnesses increases during the summer. Here's why: Bacteria love the hot, humid days of summer, and grow faster than at any other time of the year. When the temperature is above 90 F, the time perishable food can be left outside the refrigerator or freezer drops from two
    hours to one hour. At the same time temperatures rise, we're more likely to leave food unrefrigerated for longer time periods. Food sits[...]


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