This resource is for any organization, business or school seeking to help increase consumption and enjoyment of local agricultural products in Louisiana.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) meal patterns for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program include five subgroups of vegetables.
Brief overview and assessment of the ketogenic diet
Introduction to the Mediterranean diet, foods and eating strategies, health benefits and suggested resources.
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)
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)
Blueberries are both cultivated and picked wild. Blueberries have many phytochemicals that can be grouped into anthocyanins, proantocyanidins, phenolic acids and flavonoids. Examples of specific phytochemicals in blueberries are resveratrol and ellagic acid. The health benefits of blueberries are believed to stem from the diverse range of phytochemicals. (PDF format only)
Superfoods provide a host of benefits to help us live longer, healthier lives. They are high in phytonutrients, chemicals that occur naturally in food. They protect against cancer, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension and may also boost your immune function and perhaps lower your risk for infection. Here are 10 superfoods that offer a good start to a balanced diet for women. (PDF Format Only)
Superfoods provide a host of benefits to help us live longer, healthier lives.
More and more kids and adults pack lunches for school or work. The portable lunch can satisfy the need for food and relaxation even in a relatively brief 30-minute lunch break. (PDF format only)
How does bone loss occur? Who is most at risk? What can you do to prevent osteoporosis? Find these answers and more in this two-page fact sheet. (PDF format only)
Osteoporosis is a painful, disfiguring disease in which bone density gradually decreases, causing weak bones that break and fracture easily. Risk factors, what you can do and daily calcium needs are discussed. (PDF format only)
Learn the signs of diabetes -- type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. (PDF Format Only)
Protein foods include both animal (meat, poultry, seafood and eggs) and plant (beans, peas, soy products, nuts and seeds) sources. We all need protein. Use these 10 tips to find out how to choose protein and how much is enough. A Caribbean casserole recipe is included. (PDF format only)
Rice comes in many varieties and is a healthful food. It is low in fat and sodium, contains potassium and fiber and is rich in antioxidants. (PDF Format Only)
Blueberries are among the wild shrubs that produce edible berries – with others being cranberries, bilberries and cowberries. These berries are known for having important health benefits. Learn the uses and health benefits of blueberries in this publication. (PDF Format Only)
Dairy foods taste good and are good for you! Milk, cheese and yogurt are naturally calcium-rich foods with unique health benefits. Calcium increases bone growth, slows age-related bone loss and reduces the risk of fractures. (PDF Format Only)
Poultry is inexpensive, versatile and nutritious! Information on poultry nutrients, classifications, cooking, storing and handling included. (PDF Format Only)
Fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals and provide many health benefits. It is recommended that we eat 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables every day! (PDF Format Only)
Hypertension, better known as high blood pressure, is called the silent killer because there often are no noticeable symptoms. Find out who's at risk and the dangers of hypertension in this fact sheet. (PDF Format Only)
Use this series of 14 fact sheets from the LSU AgCenter and USDA to help you make healthful food choices. (PDF format only)
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)
MyPyramid’s slogan “Steps to a Healthier You” indicates we can benefit from taking small steps daily to improve our diet and lifestyle. Here are some steps to get you started. (PDF format only)
This publication provides a variety of information about sweet potatoes, including nutrition information, per capita consumption, products made from sweet potatoes and U.S. production statistics. (PDF Format Only)
5 a day. That’s how many vegetables and fruits you need to eat. This illustrated children's nutrition book provides more information. (PDF format only)
This publication provides information on a healthier diet for young children including some suggestions for substitutions in meal planning and preparation. (PDF format only)
Crawfish are healthy food. They are an excellent source of high-quality protein; low in calories, fat and saturated fat and a good source of vitamins. (PDF Format Only)
Be Healthy, Go Nuts! Nuts are high in protein and fiber, low in carbohydrates and sodium-free. Eating one ounce of nuts (about a handful) about five times a week is enough to provide the health benefits. (PDF format only)
Soy protein offers health benefits. Soy is found in foods like soy milk, soy sauce, miso (soybean paste), tempeh (meat substitute) and tofu. Use these tips to get soy protein in your diet. (PDF format only)
This publication includes information on blood pressure and how it can be lowered by following an eating plan called the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH). (PDF format only)
Feeding Young Children (Ages 2-5): A healthful diet is necessary for both physical and mental development. Information on offering a variety of foods and foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol; using less sugar, salt and sodium; and promoting an active lifestyle. (PDF Format Only)
Calcium is the most important mineral in your body. During growing years, calcium is important for bone growth. As we get older, it helps to keep our bones strong. What if you don’t get enough calcium? How much calcium do you need? How can you get calcium? Find these answers and more.
Louisiana sweet potatoes or Louisiana yams, as they have come to be known, are bred to have a soft, moist flesh, to be exceptionally sweet and flavorful and to be very high in beta carotene or vitamin A value. Information on history, nutrition,helpful hints and recipes included. (PDF format only)
Lifetime eating habits and attitudes about food usually are formed in early childhood. Information about family mealtimes, snacks and food guide pyramid recommended daily servings, as well as eating problems, are covered in this publication. (PDF Format Only)