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Active Living by Design Helps Get Communities Moving

The mobile market delivering fresh produce residents of Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

The mobile market delivering fresh produce residents of Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

Three community supporters of Let’s Move are moving towards healthier lives. Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Faith and Communities initiative, these communities are leading the way in creative solutions to health issues through mobile grocery markets, convenient bicycle accommodations, and safe routes to school. These innovative ideas are brought to life through the funding and partnership of organizing group Active Living by Design. Read more »

Grant Makes Big Difference In Tribe’s Quest To Bring Nutritious Traditional Foods Back To The People

The Apache people were hunters and gatherers. Their food offered much variety…wild herbs, fruit, berries, wild game and pinto beans. They also relied on hunting, mainly wild turkeys, rabbits, deer, bears, and buffalo.

Once settled into villages, they began to grow their own food, primarily corn and squash. Corn, squash and beans—supplemented by the meat that the hunters provided—was a healthful combination.

In Arizona, families of the San Carlos Apache people settled on 2-3 acre plots, many near the San Carlos River which runs through the reservation. Here they grew the traditional Apache foods. But in the 1960s the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in order to provide additional housing, broke up those small 2-3 acre plots to make room for more homes. Read more »

Disfrute los Días Festivos: Prepare Comidas Inocuas y Saludables

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¿Está buscando una sabrosa receta con vegetales que pueda incluir en su menú para la comida festiva? La Dra. Hagen y yo con gusto podemos ayudarle! Les proveemos recetas para comidas festivas, de bajo costo, con consejos sencillos para un manejo adecuado de alimentos que le ayudarán a preparar comidas saludables e inocuas durante los días festivos. Hasta ahora, hemos compartido recetas para el pavo, relleno, y para un acompañante de manzanas y camote (batatas) al horno. Hoy tenemos una receta deliciosa para un salteado de ejoles. Asegúrese de ver nuestro próximo blog, mañana, para la receta final – pastel crujiente de calabaza. ¡Buen Provecho! Read more »

Enjoy the Holidays: Preparing Healthy and Safe Meals!

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Looking for a tasty vegetable for your holiday menu? USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety and I are happy to help! We are providing low-cost holiday recipes with simple food safety tips to help you prepare healthy and safe holiday meals. So far we’ve posted turkey, stuffing and sweet potato recipes. Today we’re featuring a delicious Green Bean Sauté recipe kids will surely love.  Make sure to look for our blog tomorrow which will feature our final recipe—Crunchy Pumpkin Pie. Bon Appetite!! Read more »

Florida Ranchers Help the Everglades. Coral Reefs and Lake Okeechobee

One of the first FRESP project sites, as the water began to flow into the former grazing land.

One of the first FRESP project sites, as the water began to flow into the former grazing land.

Over 100 years ago, public agencies and private landowners began to transform central and south Florida. Then an extensive system of water management implemented in the 1930s and 1940s, including irrigation, flood control, canals and other structures, interrupted historic water flows to Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. Read more »

Tracking Turkey Traffic in New Hampshire

These male turkeys (toms) lived on a golf course near a New Hampshire airport, and were tracked by wildlife biologists to study their habits and movements.  The tom on the right wears a tag and transmitter that helps APHIS Wildlife Services biologists monitor his habits and movements. USDA Photo by D. Bargeron.

These male turkeys (toms) lived on a golf course near a New Hampshire airport, and were tracked by wildlife biologists to study their habits and movements. The tom on the right wears a tag and transmitter that helps APHIS Wildlife Services biologists monitor his habits and movements. USDA Photo by D. Bargeron.

USDA wildlife biologists in New Hampshire have been hard at work keeping wild turkeys out of harm’s way. Read more »