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National Food Days, Weeks & Months













Contributors:  Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, UNL Extension in Gage County; Alice Henneman, MS, RD, UNL Extension in Lancaster County; and Lisa Franzen Castle, MS, RD, PhD, Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

Questions or comments? Email Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, ACSM-CPT

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Watermelon Day (August 3)

watermelonWatermelon is fat free and low in calories -- 2 cups of diced pieces (1/8 of a medium melon) provides only 80 calories.

Check the National Watermelon Promotion Board Web site for recipes using watermelon and tips on choosing and storing watermelons.

IMPORTANT: Wash the outside of the melon under clean running water before cutting into it, use a clean knife on a clean cutting surface and wash your own hands with soap and water before cutting the melon. Once melon is cut, it should be stored, covered, in the refrigerator. Don't leave cut melon at room temperature longer than 2 hours TOTAL time.

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Trail Mix Day (August 31)

trail mixTrail Mix is a perfect healthy snack since the recipe usually includes multiple food groups. UNL Food: Youth/4-H website has various recipes under the Simple Snacks recipe section. Check out the following trail mix recipes:

(Photo: ilovemypit at Creative Commons Attribution License)

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Farmers Market Week (August 2 - 8, 2015)*


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Back to School Month


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Catfish Month

Including fish in meals twice a week is a recommendation of many health organizations. Check the Website of the National Fisheries Institute to help you prepare safe, delicious and nutritious meals with catfish and other types of fish and shellfish.

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Family Meals Month


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Get Acquainted with Kiwifruit Month


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Kids Eat Right Month

Kids Eat Right Month helps improve the nutrition and health of children everywhere. Kids Eat Right Month is a nutrition education, information sharing and action campaign created by Kids Eat Right, an initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and families, featuring expert advice from registered dietitian nutritionists.

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Peach Month

peachEating lots of fruits and vegetables helps prevent many diet-related diseases and tastes good, too! Learn how to freeze extra peaches from the National Center for Home Food Preservation

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Sandwich Monthsandwich
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Food Calendar

UNL Extension's Calendar of Food Days, Weeks, and Months is a monthly, web-based food-themed calendar. It provides resources for selected national food-themed days, weeks, and months.

We hope this provides you inspiration for blogs, tweets, programs, and articles.

~Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, ACSM-CPT

► For more timely food tips and inspiration, visit my blog, Making HealthieRDecisions

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(Updated April 20, 2015)