Rainbow Chard Poster Story

Rainbow chard is not always the most common vegetable on every table but when you read about what WebMD has to say about it you might make it a weekly staple in your dining room or kitchen.

They offer 9 reasons to eat it and the best one is their summary of its nutritional benefits, “Swiss chard is a nutritional powerhouse — an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber.”

But we put it in a poster because we loved this image and the way the leaves reached up to the sky with luminous colors and shapes:

This rainbow chard came from a farmer’s market here in the Bay Area. The Huffington Post has the best list of benefits of farmer’s markets we have ever seen. They list 15 of them, which include better flavor and nutrients, better financial support for local farmers, and lower impact on the environment due to lower miles needed to get them to market, on average. I find that the best thing about visiting a farmer’s market is to be more aware of what is in season here locally PLUS it is inspiration for new recipes because you always see something new coming into season.

Here is a photo of one of my local markets and you can see the farmers and the customers are all engaged in the buying and selling process.

The rainbow chard that I photographed on the poster was picked early in the morning and secured into a big loose bunch by the farmer who grew it. The leaves were so beautiful with their bright green colors and deep red veins and stems. There were only a few bunches left so I quickly bought one and then I brought it home to my studio and took many shots to get the composition and exposure just right. It became part of my portfolio for an academic project and it was edited many times to make the cropping and light just right.

Many of the best lessons in nutrition are about colors because the pigments in fruits and vegetables are very beneficial. North Carolina State University has an online project about pigments and they summarize their importance with this note, “They are also important for humans, attracting our attention and providing us with nutrients. Major plant pigments include carotenoids, anthocyanins and other flavonoids, betalains, and chlorophylls.”

To make the poster photo I wanted to add a little more color to the chard to illustrate my message, which is to be brighter every day with good nutrition. This is not a statement but an important fact that is scientifically proven for all ages. Eating more fruits and vegetables was shown to slow down cognitive decline from aging for older individuals. Another study published in the Journal of School Health found that children who had a higher quality diet with enough fruits and vegetables were less likely to fail an academic test.

Judy Doherty, BS, PCII

References:

  1. Swiss Chard 9 Healthy Facts, WebMD, October 2010, Accessed October 2018.
  2. doi:  10.1212/01.wnl.0000240224.38978.d8

  3. Veugelers, Paul, et al, Diet Quality and Academic Performance, Journal of School Health, April 2008,

Fruit: Nature’s Fast Food

I’ve got a fun new poster in the store, and today I want to share a little bit about it with you!

First things first, here’s my latest creation:

I was inspired by the fresh produce available last summer at one of my local markets, so when I got home I couldn’t resist setting up a quick still life to highlight these tasty stone fruits at their peak.

Imagine my surprise when this print won 1st place in the Open Print category of the 2016 Annual Print Competition at the Palo Alto Camera Club. Ron Herman was the judge, and I was completely floored by his decision.

Soon after this picture won, I decided to feature it in my gallery showing this past winter. The showing was titled “A Visual Feast” and took place at the Avenue 25 Gallery in San Mateo California. In fact, if you look closely, you can see this photo hanging with a few other favorites in the picture below.*

I was so proud of this original photo that I decided to turn it into a poster. But what to call it?

I wanted to steer clear of additional artistic commentary and let the image speak for itself, so I focused my brainstorming on key health lessons and nutrition topics. Then, out of the blue, it hit me. Fruit is nature’s fast food! I often grab a peach or a handful of cherries on my way out the door or to snack on as I work at my desk, and I realized that these snacking habits had — over time — gradually replaced my reliance on fast food. I’m sure that this change in my routine was great news for my health, and so now I want to share that epiphany with your clients in order to encourage them to also change their habits.

And that’s how this poster came to be. How will you use it?

* This image is copyright 2017 by Len Cook @expressionfood.com

And here are some other resources that can help make your life easier…

Behind the Scenes: New Cooking and Prediabetes Posters

Hey, do you remember that Chop Test article you saw a while back? How about that Prediabetes Guide?

If you do, then you’re not alone. Lots of people reached out and told me that those were two of their favorite posts. So many, in fact, that I decided to take those posts to the next level and turn them into nutrition education materials.

The Chop Test offers a simple and memorable guide to cooking with vegetables, so I decided that the key points would make a marvelous poster that could be hung in a commercial kitchen, posted in a health fair booth, propped up for a cooking demonstration, or incorporated into a nutrition display.

This guide to properly preparing vegetables is as versatile as it is useful. With a simple test to tell which kind of vegetable is best for which cooking style, this bright and informative poster will help your audience gain kitchen confidence while introducing new vegetables into their eating plans.

Will this poster make your life easier? Learn more about it!

Now let’s change gears and take a closer look at the new Prediabetes poster.

The statistics on prediabetes are astounding. My hope is that we can help our practitioners help people avoid diabetes entirely — heading it off before prediabetes turns into full-blown diabetes. This poster offers an excellent screening tool that is done in an engaging infographic style. With information on what prediabetes is, how it affects the body, what symptoms it displays, and what the average consumer can do to reduce his or her risk of prediabetes (or treat the condition itself), this poster offers a bright and simple way to educate your audience. Throw it in a display, use it to pep up a shared space, add it to a wellness fair booth, or hang it in your office — it will be a great educational resource for whatever you need.

This poster uses colorful graphics, simple sentences, and clear diagrams to appeal to a wide range of learning styles, promoting participant engagement while boosting information retention. It draws its information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), so you know that the research that backs it is supported by the latest peer-reviewed science.

Intrigued by this poster? Get the details today!

And, because I love ya, I want to share the handout that accompanies the Chop Test poster. Here it is, in all it’s glory! Download the free PDF today!

Chop Test Handout

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