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Feeding Infants and Toddlers: The More You Know, the Healthier You Grow!
When is it time for solid foods? Transitioning a baby to solid foods is an exciting, yet scary, time for new parents. But there are certain signs or cues that help you tell when your baby is ready. Typically, babies are ready between four and six months old, but every child is different.
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Family Mealtime: The More You Know, the Healthier You Grow!
Why is family mealtime so important? Children who eat regularly with their families tend to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and are less likely to snack on unhealthful foods. Eating together gives time for family members to reconnect.
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Breast-feeding: The More You Know, the Healthier You Grow!
During the time you are breast-feeding your baby, you are creating a special bond between the two of you. Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby. It contains all the nourishment your baby needs in all the right amounts.
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Pregnancy the Healthy Way: The More You Know, the Healthier You Grow!
Pregnancy is a special event leading to a new life. The care and feeding of your baby begins the moment he or she is conceived. An unborn baby depends completely on you for everything! The best way to care for your developing baby is to care for yourself.
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Make healthier holiday choices: 10 tips for a healthier holiday
The holidays are often filled with time-honored traditions that include some of our favorite meals and foods. As you celebrate, think of little changes you can make this holiday season to create healthier meals and active days.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Children
Physical Activity Guidelines for Children
Regular physical activity is associated with immediate and long-term health benefits such as easier weight control, lower blood pressure, improved cardio-respiratory function and enhanced psychological well-being. Active children are more likely to become active adults. Suggestions for indoor and outdoor activities included. (PDF format only)
Louisiana Figs
This publication includes information on varieties, nutritional value, fig facts and simple methods of food preservation so you can enjoy Louisiana figs all year long. (PDF Format Only)
Health Benefits of Seafood
Including seafood as part of an overall balanced diet can provide many health benefits. This publication includes tips on selecting, storing and using seafood. (PDF Format Only)
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Let's eat for the health of it
Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories. (PDF format only)
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Smart Choices: Reduce Salt and Sodium in Your Diet
Use these tips for reducing sodium in your diet. (PDF Format Only)
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Smart Choices: Tips on How to Prepare Lower-Salt and Lower-Fat Meals
Use these tips to make foods tasty without using extra salt or fat. (PDF Format Only)
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Smart Choices: Take Good Care of Your Heart
Use these tips to exercise and eat right so your heart keeps beating to the MAX! (PDF Format Only)
Weight Loss Methods
Weight Loss Methods Series
When someone is overweight and is motivated to lose weight, there are safe and effective methods to lose pounds and to maintain weight loss. An LSU AgCenter and Pennington Biomedical Research Center Nutrition Series.
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Smart Choices: Make Smart Choices While Shopping
Use these tips to shop for heart-healthy foods. (PDF Format Only)
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Smart Choices: Getting Started with DASH
It’s easy to adopt the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Studying Hypertension) eating plan. Here are some ways to get started. (PDF Format Only)
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Smart Choices: Healthier Eating With DASH
The Dietary Approaches to Studying Hypertension (DASH) eating plan is based on 2,000 calories a day. Use the DASH Eating Plan for a healthy heart. (PDF Format Only)
Freezing Yams or Sweet Potatoes
Freezing Yams or Sweet Potatoes
The Louisiana yam is an exceptional type of sweet potato, sweet and flavorful, with a soft moist flesh. It is delicious whether baked, boiled, fried, mashed, candied or used in hundreds of other ways — from main dishes to desserts. This publication includes information on the nutritive value, selection and preparations for freezing, boiling or candying yams or sweet potatoes. (PDF format only)
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Canning Greens
Greens freeze well, and most of them may be canned successfully at home if special precautions are taken to ensure adequate processing in a pressure canner. Use these steps to successfully can mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, spinach, kale or chard. (PDF Format Only)
Berry Pickin' Time
Berry Pickin' Time in Louisiana
Wild blackberries and dewberries have long been treasured for cobblers, jellies, jams and other tasty dishes. Learn how to pick, use, freeze, can and make syrups, jellies and jams. Recipes included.
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Freezing Prepared Foods
Changing lifestyles have made meal preparation more demanding than ever. Preparing and freezing foods ahead of time can be a great convenience – or even a necessity in some instances. Information for baked products, doughs, main dishes, sandwiches, soups, sauces, vegetable dishes, fruit dishes, desserts, sweets, spices and foods that do not freeze well. (PDF Format Only)
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