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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Click on a link to find TIPS, RECIPES, and RESOURCES related to that day, week or month. Or simply scroll down the page.
Questions about May Calendar? Email author, Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, Extension Educator
National Food Days
* Day changes yearly
- Egg Day (June 3)
- Cheese Day (June 4)
- Chocolate Ice Cream Day (June 7)
- Herbs & Spices Day (June 10)
- Kitchen Klutzes of America Day (June 13)
- Eat All Your Vegetables Day (June 17)
- Picnic Day (June 18)
- First Day of Summer (June 21, 2014)*
National Food Weeks
- Men's Health Week (June 9-15, 2014)*
National Food Months
- Beef Steak Month
- Dairy Month
- Ice Tea Month
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month
- Men's Health Month
- Papaya Month
- Turkey Lovers Month
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend individuals consume less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day and state:
Independent of other dietary factors, evidence suggests that one egg (i.e., egg yolk) per day does not result in increased blood cholesterol levels, nor does it increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in healthy people. Consuming less than 300 mg per day of cholesterol can help maintain normal blood cholesterol levels. Consuming less than 200 mg per day can further help individuals at high risk of cardiovascular disease.
Celebrate today with a scoop of chocolate ice cream.
Herbs and spices add flavor to foods without adding calories, fat, or salt. Enjoy these resources and add a little spice (& herbs!) to your day!
Fresh herbs are especially tasty this time of year. Here's how to use them:
Are you the person who slips on spilled milk? Are you the person who spilled the milk? Do dishes fall out of your hands? Do you identify with Carol Siskind when she says, "I can't cook. I use a smoke alarm as a timer."
For lots of healthy vegetable recipes, visit these sites:
Test Your Summer Food Safety
Check here for info on how to download a FREE copy of the PowerPoint used to make the above quiz.
The purpose of Men's Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
The purpose of Men's Health Month is to increase awareness of preventable health problems among men and boys and encourage early detection and treatment of disease.
Turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving. Enjoy turkey all year around with these tips and recipes:
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
UNL Food Features
(Updated April 6, 2014)
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April: Spring Celebrations and Food Safety
- Cook It QuickNewsletter
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- Making HealthierRDecisions
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- Cook It Quick Blog
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- Agri-Cultural with Dr. Lindsay
- Food, Nutrition & Health by the Month Calendar
- Food Fun for Young Kids (Pinterest)
- Easy (& Healthy!) Everyday Recipes (Pinterest)
- "Choose MyPlate" Update (video)
- 4-Day Throw Away (food safety app)
- Choose MYPlate: Selected Consumer Messages (free PowerPoint and online slide show)
- Test Your Salt Savvy (quiz)