2015 Catalog Is Posted With Free Nutrition Month Handout

Are you ready for Nutrition Month?

You’re in luck!

The 2015 Nutrition Education Catalogue just went live, and it’s packed with the most amazing materials yet. In fact, there’s even a free handout that’s perfect for Nutrition Month! Want your own copy of the color PDF? Check out page 22.

I’ve mailed copies of the catalogue to current customers, but why wait for the post office when you can get the whole catalogue right now, for free?


There are over 50 new products featured for 2015! 

Want a sneak peek?

Displays by Design: These are coordinated displays based on our top 12 most popular designs

New Posters: Where would we be without new ways to pep up any space?

New Workbooks: These offer a great way to teach interactive nutrition lessons.

New Tearpads: Your favorite handouts, all in one place!

New Health Education Videos: Great DVDs about shopping, cooking, sodium, portion control, MyPlate, and more!

New Incentives: There are lots of great prizes and treats! Here are some of my favorites…

Fruit Shaped Sticky Pads <$1
I Love Salad Wristband

I Love Salad Wristbands

Fruit and Veggie Pens <$1

What do you think? Visit the Nutrition Education Store today!

Make Healthful Eating Fun!

January is Soup Month!

Makes sense, right? It’s cold, gray, and winter is in full swing. With all that, what could sound better than a warming bowl of soup? Plus, so many people are making health resolutions at this time of year — soup is the perfect resolution food. Choosing a soup that is loaded with vegetables is a low-calorie way to get tons of nutrients and fiber, and it’s filling too!

Here’s one of my very favorite soups, perfect for this time of year. Enjoy!

Soup Month SoupRoasted Winter Vegetable Soup

Serves: 4 | Serving Size: 1 and 1/2 cups

1 butternut squash, halved, stemmed, and seeded
1/2 onion
1 yellow bell pepper
2 carrots
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup fat-free half and half
Dash black pepper
Dash hot pepper sauce

Place the vegetables in a roasting pan and roast for 90 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Puree the roasted veggies with the broth and fat-free half and half in a blender. It will take a few batches to puree all of the veggies until smooth. Don’t overfill the blender or the top may blow off!

Place puree back on the stove and bring to a simmer over low heat. Season with pepper and a little hot pepper sauce. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later use.

Nutrition Information:

This recipe makes 4 servings. Each 1 and 1/2 cup serving contains 194 calories, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 3 mg cholesterol, 166 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 11 g sugar, and 9 g protein.

Each serving also has 561% DV vitamin A, 200% DV?vitamin C, 17% DV calcium, and 11% DV iron.

Chef’s Tips:

I love to show off the gorgeous color of this soup, so I serve it in onion soup crocks. Add a few whole grain crackers and a small salad for a perfectly light lunch or dinner.

Want to see more great January resources? Check out these options!

Take Control of Your Portions Poster

Phytochemical PowerPoint and Handout Set

Healthful Choices 1-2-3 Poster

I almost forgot! Here’s your free handout with this great soup recipe!

Soup Month Soup for Everyone

Free from Chronic Disease

Improve your health and reduce your risk of chronic disease with fresh fruits and vegetables!

Fruits and vegetables for victory!According to MyPlate, the USDA’s guide to healthful and balanced eating, “Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers. Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.”

So stock up on healthful fruits and vegetables — they’re super good for you!

Here are some examples of fruits and vegetables that are nutrient powerhouses…

The pigments in blueberries, called anthocyanins, have been shown to slow and even reverse age-related declines in brain function, as well as cognitive and motor performance. Other compounds in blueberries may delay the effects of vascular dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects your cells from free radical damage. Vitamin C boosts your immune system, reduces inflammation, and protects blood vessels.

Yams and sweet potatoes top the charts in terms of beta carotene content. Beta carotene is also known as vitamin A and it plays a key role in heart health and heart disease prevention. Butternut squash and pumpkins are rich in beta carotene too.

Bananas have tons of potassium, which is key to controlling blood pressure and helping your heart work normally. They also contain compounds that protect your stomach from ulcer damage.

Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale rock the vitamin count, with excellent supplies of vitamins A, C, and K. These vitamins protect your bones, decrease inflammation, support cell growth and development, protect vision, support your circulatory system, and improve immune function. The Agricultural Research Service asserts that “Because of their high content of antioxidants, green leafy vegetables may be one of the best cancer-preventing foods. Studies have shown that eating 2 to 3 servings of green leafy vegetables per week may lower the risk of stomach, breast and skin cancer.”

Like what you see? Here’s the handout!

Yay! Free handout!

There are tons of other ways to promote fruits and vegetables! Check out some of the bestselling resources today!

Vegetable Bulletin Board Kit

Color Your World with Food Wellness Fair Banner

Fruit Tooth Dessert Cookbook

To Thump or Not to Thump: A Watermelon Quiz

Try this fun quiz from Cheryle Jones Syracuse to celebrate watermelons while promoting good health…

National Watermelon Day is August 3rdI often wonder when I see people at the grocery store thumping on watermelons. Do they really know what they are listening for?

There’s an old saying about thumping a watermelon:

A good watermelon should sound hollow… like if you thumped your chest.
If it sounds like you’re hitting your head… it’s not ripe.
If it sounds like thumping on your stomach… it’s definitely too ripe.

Now I’ve given this saying some thought, and I’m not sure that I could judge any of those sounds. There has to be a better way to evaluate these fruits. I did some research, consulted with some colleagues, and have returned with a fun quiz that offers insight into how to select, store, and prepare watermelon. Of course, I’ve also included information about a watermelon’s nutrient content and health benefits. What better way to celebrate National Watermelon Day?

The quiz is available in the text of this blog, and an abridged version is also available as a downloadable handout! So check out the options below and, if you like what you see, get the handout for free!

See the yellow “belly” on that watermelon?

Watermelon Quiz:

How much do you know about watermelon? Take this quiz and find out!

  1. True or False? Uncut whole watermelon should be refrigerated.
  2. True or False? Since you’re not eating the rind, you don’t need to wash the outside of a watermelon before cutting into it.
  3. True or False? The red pigment in watermelon is a good source of the phytochemical lycopene.
  4. True or False? The “belly” of a ripe watermelon should be yellow.
  5. True or False? Like the name implies, watermelon is made of mostly water.
  6. True or False? Watermelon does not really have any nutritional value.
  7. True or False? Watermelon is a good source of potassium and sodium.
  8. True or False? The rind of a watermelon should not be eaten.
  9. True or False? It’s okay to swallow watermelon seeds.
  10. True or False? The “hollow” heart sometimes found inside a watermelon is caused by someone dropping the melon.
  11. True or False? Watermelon is a cousin to cucumbers and squash.
  12. True or False? A good way to tell if a watermelon is ripe is by giving it a good thump.

_FHC5141-3Answer Key:

  1. FALSE: Uncut whole watermelon can be kept in a cool, dry place and does not need to be refrigerated. Stored this way, a watermelon will keep for 7-10 days at room temperature. Once cut, leftover watermelon should be covered and refrigerated. Be cautious of purchasing cut melons at farmer’s markets if they have not been kept cool after cutting. Use cut watermelon within 5 days.
  2. FALSE: The outside rind of the watermelon should be washed before you cut into it. Bacteria found on the outside may easily be transferred to the interior during cutting. Before slicing up your watermelon, be sure to wash your hands and wash the melon under cold running water. You may need to use a clean brush to help scrub off excess dirt.
  3. TRUE: There may be up to 20 mg of lycopene in a two-cup serving of watermelon. Studies have shown that people with diets high in lycopene have a reduced risk of prostate, breast, and oral cancer. The redder the melon is, the more lycopene it contains.
  4. TRUE: A yellowish spot on the underside or “belly” of a watermelon indicates that it is ripe. This spot should not be white or green — if it is, then it means that the watermelon is underripe.
  5. TRUE: A watermelon is 92% water, which makes it light in calories and a good tool for proper hydration. A two-cup serving of watermelon contains only 80 calories and counts for two servings of fruit.
  6. FALSE: Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamins A and C. A 2-cup serving provides 25% of your needed daily Vitamin C and 30% of the needed Vitamin A. It’s also a good source of vitamin B6 and contains 1 gram of fiber and 20 grams of natural sugar.
  7. FALSE: Although watermelon is a good source of potassium, it is low in sodium, with zero fat and zero cholesterol.
  8. FALSE: Watermelon rind is edible and can even be delicious. There are a variety of recipes available for items made with watermelon rind. Try using it in everything from slaw to chutney to pickles.
  9. TRUE: Despite what you may have heard when you were growing up, watermelon seeds will not grow in your stomach. It will not harm you to swallow watermelon seeds. Some people even save them, dry them, and eat them as a snack. The small white seed coats that are often found in “seedless” watermelons are seeds that have not matured. These “seeds” are sterile and, if planted, will not produce a watermelon.
  10. FALSE: The “broken heart,” “hollow heart,” or cracked center that is sometimes found inside a watermelon is caused by weather conditions during the growing season. This flesh is still good and safe to eat. Some folks say watermelon with a these internal cracks are sweeter due to concentration of the sugars.
  11. TRUE: Watermelon are a vine crop and must have honeybees pollinate the blossoms. Watermelon is in the same botanical family as cucumber, pumpkins, and squash. Seedless watermelons are created by crossing different kinds of melons and are not genetically modified. There are many varieties of watermelons available and options include: seeded, seedless, mini, yellow, and orange.
  12. FALSE: Unless you are a very experienced watermelon picker, it is difficult to tell if a watermelon is ripe solely by evaluating the sound you make when thumping on it. A good watermelon should be symmetrical, heavy for its size, and firm. It should have no cuts, dents, or bruises. Also, look for a pale or buttery yellow “belly” and a dry stem end near the base of the fruit.

By Cheryle Jones Syracuse, MS, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University

Want to send this quiz to your clients? You can download it here!

Watermelon Handout

Check out other nutrition education resources too!

Fruit Bulletin Board Kit

I Heart Fruit and Veggies Poster

Watermelon “Cake” Recipe Card

Announcement: Free Nutrition PowerPoint Show Template

There’s a new PowerPoint in town.

But that’s not all! In fact, it’s only the beginning.

I have to say, I’m really proud of the way that Food and Health Communications, Inc. supports nutrition and health educators. We offer well-researched, scientifically-accurate, engaging, creative, and colorful materials to help you do your jobs well. Plus, there are tons of free resources too! We offer…

Today we’re adding to that list with a free nutrition PowerPoint template. This template has brand-new clipart, a lovely slide background, and all the tools you need to start designing your very own PowerPoint presentation.

So, how can you take this free resource and use it to your advantage?

I recommend starting with a great title page.

Now, I’ve designed more than my fair share of nutrition presentations, and, as you might expect, I’ve learned a lot along the way. Here are some tips that can help you make a marvelous title page in no time at all.

  1. Use a collage app to create art out of photos that you’ve taken. I love featuring my favorite healthful dishes.
  2. Take closeups of fruits and vegetables. Then you can have participants guess which photo belongs to which food as an icebreaker activity.
  3. Use images of people happily eating a meal together. (Pssst, there’s free clipart for that).
  4. Add a photo of a beautifully-set dinner table.
  5. Feature a picture or diagram of a well-balanced meal that highlights some key lessons of portion control.

Happy designing!

By Judy Doherty, PC II and Founder of Food and Health Communications, Inc.

Of course, you can also save time and effort on your next presentation by purchasing one from the Nutrition Education Store. To start, here are the top 3 nutrition PowerPoint presentations…

Introduction to the Mediterranean Diet PowerPoint and Handout Set

Heart-Healthy Cooking PowerPoint and Handout Set

Eating with Diabetes PowerPoint and Handout Set

Salad Secrets

I had a mission. I was going to take pictures of all 1,000 recipes in the free recipe database.

Salad Secrets Cookbook and Demo Set

It didn’t seem especially daunting. I figured that I would print a copy of each recipe, then sort everything into piles of similar recipes. I would tackle salads, then fruits, pasta, rice, chicken, fish, veggies, beans, soups, holidays, desserts, etc.

As I began to sort, I was blown away by the hundreds and hundreds of salad recipes. There seemed to be way more salads than anything else. In fact, we had roughly 10 times the number of salads than recipes in any other category.

Since I had so many healthful salad recipes, I decided to take pictures of those first.

Little did I know that this would take a whole summer.

You see, once I started taking pictures of the salads, I got a little sidetracked. There were just so many wonderful recipes to share. I ended up putting all the salad recipes into a book and combining them with an instruction set. That’s how Salad Secrets was born.

I also posted some of my favorite salads and presentation tips on the Food and Health blog, and they quickly became some of the most popular posts I’d ever written. I shouldn’t really have been surprised — who doesn’t want to learn about healthful new ways to make tasty and creative salads?

Carrot Cake Salad from the Salad Secrets Cookbook

One of my best salad features was the carrot cake salad. It uses the same spices as carrot cake and can be served dessert-style in a stemmed glass. I was so pleased with the resources that I’d made to help people fall in love with salad. In fact, that delight soon led to the creation of a nutrition poster called Fall in Love with Salad.

Who knew that all of those wonderful nutrition education materials would come out of a simple photography project?

Of course, I eventually did get back on track. I finished my pile of salads, and you can see the recipes (with photos!) in the salad section of the free recipe database.

Once the salads were done, I decided to tackle fruit.

Well, that was my intention.

Home Run Cooking Book and Demo Program

The recipes just kept inspiring me, and before I knew it, I had compiled my favorite show-stopping fruit desserts into Fruit Tooth, a cookbook that helps people turn a sweet tooth into a “fruit tooth” with simple and delicious fruit desserts.

At that point, I decided to roll with it, turning the holiday recipes into Holiday Secrets, my best healthful holiday cooking book yet. That was quickly followed by the Home Run Cooking Book, which is basically a compilation of my very favorite recipes that I’ve ever created.

So, here we are in 2014, and I’ve still got a few stacks of recipes to photograph. Plus, I’m constantly adding new and exciting recipes to the database, which means that my to-do list is always growing.

But really, I’m sure I’ll finish it all any minute now.

By Judy Doherty PC II and Founder of Food and Health Communcations 

PS Because I love you, here’s a free handout with one of my latest salad creations, the Chicken Fajita Salad. Get your copy today!

A Thank You from Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Are you making the most of the free resources that Food and Health offers to health and nutrition educators?

This is the free bookmark we offered for the auction.The Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics did.

When they were putting together a silent auction to raise money for their scholarship fund, Marilyn C. Holmes, MS, RD, LDN, State Fundraising Chair of the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and Shelley Flint, Executive Director of the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics remembered the program from Food and Health Communications that supports health professionals.

After connecting with us, they found themselves the happy recipients of several free nutrition education posters and enough MyPlate bookmarks for each attendee. We even threw in some copies of Home Run Cooking, our popular guide to healthful and easy meals. All of these materials were very well-recieved by their target audience, and Food and Health Communications helped the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics exceed their fundraising goal.

After the event, Marilyn and Shelly wrote to us, saying…

“Thank you and Food and Health Communications for donating the great Home Run cookbooks to our silent auction. As you might guess with a room full of registered dietitians, these books were well received and valued. Thanks to you and others for your generosity, we were able to go over our goal of $1000, for our scholarship fund. Thank you again for adding to the success of our annual meeting. We truly appreciate you for your contribution.”

Shelly followed up after that email to add…

“I am adding on to my previous email to send an extended great thanks for the posters and coupons. They were presented as door prizes and were well received. I received one of your wonderful posters last year and have used it on numerous occasions this year. You certainly are appreciated for your generosity and giving to the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.”

So, what are you waiting for? If you haven’t availed yourself of the free poster program for dietitian meetings, do it now!

(Remember, this program is just for professionals, not consumers).

And, of course, there are tons of amazing wellness materials in the Nutrition Education Store. Check out some of these top sellers…

Actual MyPlate Plate

Actual MyPlate Plate

MyPlate Poster

12 Lessons of Diabetes Program

Kit: Wellness Fair for Kids

Making MyPlate a Reality

Freebie Alert: This post contains a free MyPlate handout!

Does your plate look like MyPlate?

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The new USDA food icon for healthful eating is much simpler to implement and understand than the older version, MyPyramid. Rather than trying to visualize the foods in a pyramid of varying composition, people simply look at their plates during meals and ask themselves whether their plates are balanced like MyPlate. With healthful portions and proportions of fruit, vegetables, protein, grains, and dairy, MyPlate offers a great way to approach eating right.

Now eyeballing those same portions and proportions just got easier.

With the new Nutrition Education Store MyPlate plastic plates, you can eat meals off of an actual MyPlate. Each plate comes printed with MyPlate, so that eating healthfully is just a matter of filling each section with foods that are good for you and that fit the MyPlate categories. And each plate is 9.5 inches, just like most real plates!

Think of the possibilities!

All the guesswork of healthful eating could be eliminated, replaced by an easy and consistent model. You could have a MyPlate party, incorporate these plates into your next cooking demonstration, offer them as a giveaway at your next health fair or event, use them in one-on-one consultations, and much more!

They are available as singles, 10 packs, and 50-pack super savers.

Your clients’ lives just got a whole lot easier.

Pick up your own MyPlates today!

Looking for more MyPlate? Check out all the options in the Nutrition Education Store! We’ve picked out some of the most popular to feature below…

MyPlate Poster

MyPlate for Kids Handout Tearpad

MyPlate Plastic Window Clings

And now, because we love you, here is a free MyPlate handout. Simply download it and use it as you will! It’s perfect for emails, bulletin boards, handouts, and more!


Bootcamps and PowerPoints: Health Education for Women

I love helping health educators work.

Last week, Michelle Ernaga, MPH, RD, ordered 3 PowerPoint presentations for her students.

She bought…

Why these three?

Well, Michelle teaches health classes for women at local churches and in school health programs. Each of these PowerPoints speaks to key women’s health issues, and since each presentation comes with free additional health education materials, Michelle could save time by simply downloading what she needed without having to deal with researching the latest science, formatting the slides, creating graphics, or any other headaches. All the work was already done for her, thanks to our team of experts.

But why put together health classes especially for women? Well, according to
Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, 13.7% of adult women in the United States are only in fair or even poor health. Moreover, 32.8% of American women have hypertension, 35.9% are obese, and 17.3% smoke cigarettes (source). Millions of women in American are underserved when it comes to health, and many more don’t have access to the information that could help them improve their health. Michelle is doing her best to change that, setting up classes that cover key topics in women’s health: breast cancer, osteoporosis, and heart health.

According to the National Library of Medicine, “Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives.” In fact, not counting certain skin cancers and lung cancers, it is the most common cancer in women, no matter what their race or ethnicity. In 2009 — the most recent year that comprehensive data was available at the time of this show’s publication – 211,731 American women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,676 women in the United States died from it (source).

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. In fact, the CDC asserts that 1 in 4 American women will die of heart disease.

Last but not least, let’s turn to osteoporosis. The National Library of Medicine maintains, “Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but it is common in older women. As many as half of all women and a quarter of men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.” Furthermore, according to the National Institutes of Health, “In the United States, more than 40 million people either already have osteoporosis or are at high risk due to low bone mass, placing them at risk for more serious bone loss and fractures. Although osteoporosis can strike at any age, it is most common among older people, especially older women.”

I was impressed by Michelle’s goals and her commitment to teaching these key health lessons… so I threw in two more health presentations for free.

I added…

I chose those two in order to round out the presentations that Michelle had already planned. The Diet and Breast Cancer PowerPoint presentation was a great resource for adding more information to the Women’s Health Bootcamp. With it, Michelle could lead her participants into a more detailed discussion about the link between what they eat and their risk of breast cancer.

The Women and Heart Disease PowerPoint presentation adds another level to the Diet and Heart Disease PowerPoint presentation that Michelle had already purchased. By using this show too, Michelle can address the specific heart health issues that are most important to women.

Michelle was thrilled with the additions, and wowed by the shows she’d purchased. She wrote to me to say that there is no other company like Food and Health Communications. She ended her email with “I am most appreciative of your generosity and your professionalism.”

What praise!

It is such a treat to put together the best nutrition and health education resources in the business, and I love the opportunities that I get to really help the people who are making such a difference in so many lives.

To continue the tradition, I’ve uploaded a free handout to this very post. Get your copy of the free Women’s Heart Health handout today!

Women Heart Health


I’m proud of the many and varied nutrition education materials in the Nutrition Education Store. Some of the most popular resources include…

MyPlate for Kids Poster

Case of 12 Home Run Cooking Books

Nutrition Tree Poster

By Judy Doherty, PC II and Founder of Food and Health Communications, Inc

PS Michelle is going to work on men’s health next and will be ordering the Men’s Health Bootcamp in the fall. What are you preparing for?

2 Amazing Bundles for Schools

What is it about poster bundles?

12 Lessons of Wellness and Weight Loss Poster SetThe poster bundles we have in the store are some of our very top sellers, and we’re always getting rave reviews from happy customers (check out the testimonial page for details). Since these bundles are so popular, we’re always looking for ways to combine our posters in order to make the most effective nutrition education materials.

So imagine my happiness when I got a call from a foodservice director who was strategizing poster pairings for two different age groups.

The foodservice director had noticed that her students simply weren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables, no matter what the schools tried. This was a particular issue with kids in elementary school and high school.

So, what the director wanted to do was get a bunch of different posters that promoted healthful habits and put them in the schools. She needed two sets — one that would appeal to elementary school students and another that would appeal to high schoolers.

We brainstormed for a while on the phone, and then my team and I got to work. When we were done, we had created 2 new poster sets — one for each age group.

Elementary Poster SetThe Elementary Nutrition Poster Set has 7 posters that communicate key health messages in ways that are both memorable and appealing to kids. The set includes the following posters (and the handouts that accompany them)…

These posters highlight health lessons like eating more vegetables and trying new and healthful foods. They are specially designed with kids in mind, communicating their messages creatively and effectively.

High School Poster SetThe High School Nutrition 8 Poster Set appeals to older kids. It features 8 different posters that outline and support the most important health lessons for kids in high school. The set includes the following posters and their handouts…

The foodservice director was thrilled with the combinations, which is why we decided to set up these nutrition poster sets in the store. Now you can get them too! Check out the High School Nutrition 8 Poster Set and the Elementary Nutrition Poster Set today! And remember, there’s always more in the store!

By Judy Doherty, PC II and Founder of Food and Health Communications, Inc.

Are you looking for resources to help students? Then check out this free Nutrition Infographic for Kids! It’s packed with great ideas and fun pictures, perfect for any kid who needs to learn the basics of nutrition.