Exercise and Modern Living

One thing is certain. Most people do not get enough exercise in their ordinary routines. All of the advances of modern technology – from electric can openers to power steering – have made life easier, more comfortable and much less physically demanding. Yet our bodies need activity, especially if they are carrying around too much […]

Balanced Diet Weight Control Plans

A balanced diet should be part of any weight control plan. A diet high in complex carbohydrates and moderate in protein and fat will complement an exercise program. It should include enough calories to satisfy your daily nutrient requirements and include the proper number of servings per day from the “basic four food groups”: vegetables […]

Calories and the Energy Balance

Losing weight, gaining weight or maintaining your weight depends on the amount of calories you take in and use up during the day, otherwise referred to as energy balance. Learning how to balance energy intake (calories in food) with energy output (calories expended through physical activity) will help you achieve your desired weight. Although the […]

Food During Emergencies: Safety Tables

Use these tables to determine whether to save food impacted by an emergency. Certain foods may still be okay after thawing or losing refrigeration. Others are no longer safe to eat and should be thrown away. REFRIGERATOR FOODS FOOD If more than 40ºF/5ºC for over 2 hours MEAT, POULTRY, SEAFOOD Raw or leftover cooked meat, […]

Food Safety During Emergencies: Frequently Asked Questions

Flood waters covered our food stored on shelves and in cabinets. What can I keep and what should I throw out? Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water. Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into […]

Keep Food Safe During an Emergency

A flood, fire, national disaster, or loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice can jeopardize the safety of your food. Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the risk of food-borne illness. This page will help you make the right decisions to keep […]

Wise Food Choices for Milk and Dairy

Part 2 of Dangers of Raw Milk. Most milk and milk products sold commercially in the United States contain pasteurized milk or cream, or the products have been produced in a manner that kills any dangerous bacteria that may be present. But unpasteurized milk and products made from unpasteurized milk sold and may be harmful […]

Focus on Foods in the Freezer

Foods in the freezer — are they safe? Thousands of people each year call the USDA to inquiry about the safety of items stored in their own home freezers. The confusion seems to be based on the fact that few people understand how freezing protects food. Here is some information on how to freeze food […]

Food Safety Tips for College Students

When students pack up for college, they take along the basics – TV, laptop, MP3 player and cell phone. Many students will also arrive at school with a microwave oven, tabletop grill, mini-fridge and toaster-oven in tow. Most students, however, don’t know there are food safety considerations when cooking with these appliances. Students face many […]