Eat Better

Eating better doesn’t just mean eating less. It means eating smarter, too. The programs, tips and information below can help along the way.

Verdant Programs

Heath Access Program for Underserved Communities


Chronic Kidney Disease Education & Prevention


Everyday Prevention Program

Program funded: January 2015 – December 2017

How do non-English speakers access health and wellness education? For first-generation immigrants, the answer may be that they simply don’t. The Verdant Health Commission partnered with Korean Women’s Association at the beginning of 2015 to make it easier for Korean and Vietnamese speakers to learn how to manage their health and navigate the health care system.

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Wings to Reading Youth Nutrition Program



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Tips & Info

Incredible eggs

Eggs can be a great source of protein for growing kiddos! Eggs can also be tons of fun to cook and bake with.
​Get young children involved in the kitchen with simple tasks like cracking eggs, beating yolks and whites with a fork, or peeling hard-boiled eggs. Older kids can gain skills working with a heat source to cook eggs or may enjoy learning about the more complex scientific functions of eggs in a combination recipe, like angel food cake!

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Nutrition’s role in disease prevention

Evidence is mounting that a healthy diet can help protect you from some diseases. What you eat — or don’t eat — may help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and type 2 diabetes. With this in mind, here’s how to use your diet to help reduce your risk of disease.

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What is a whole grain?

When a grain is processed, or refined, at least one of the components is removed from the grain. One of the many reasons why whole grains are a smart choice is that they contain FIBER!

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Meatless meals: The benefits of eating less meat

It can be challenging to serve healthy meals when you’re trying to save money. Consider serving budget-friendly meatless meals once or twice a week. Meatless meals are built around beans, lentils, vegetables, and whole grains. These plant-based proteins tend to be less expensive and offer more health benefits than meat.

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Try these recipes: Summer salads

The Verdant Community Wellness Center cooking demo class on Summer Salads in June filled up quickly — but you can still try the recipes offered during that class on your own. Read on for more information.

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Nutrition to reduce cancer risk

Research continues to be done on how diet may affect the development of cancer. It has shown that eating fruits, vegetables, and grains may lower your risk of getting certain cancers. Some components of food including phytochemicals, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids, may play a role in decreasing the risk of developing cancer.

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Learning basic knife skills

What do knife skills have to do with nutrition? More than you’d think! A new study has found that “Adults who don’t flip on the TV during dinner and those who eat home-cooked meals are less likely to be obese.”

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Increasing waistlines warn of later problems

You were a pretty good jock in high school, and in your 20s you tried everything from racquetball to running. But in middle age, even your softball glove is gathering dust. For recreation, you surf — the Web, not the waves. Male attitudes toward health also make men less likely than women to see a doctor.

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