August is KIDS EAT RIGHT Month

As an initiative of the Foundation of the Academy of Nutition and Dietetics "Kids Eat Right" program, KIDS EAT RIGHT Month focuses on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and families.  The three core priniciples featured are:


Along with eating healthy family meals, these principles will help improve the health of children across the country--who may be at risk of having a shorter lifespan than their parents.

Eating Healthy on a Budget

With countless fast food dollar menus, drive-thrus, and cheap microwavable meals, eating healthy on a budget may seem impossible. However, with a little strategy, you can fuel your family well without breaking the bank.


1. Cook!

Safe Summer Eating

    One of my favorite money saving tips for those wanting to eat healthier but stay within their budget is to purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables. Thankfully, summer offers a variety of beans, peas, peppers, greens, berries, melons, and so much more. With the excitement of fresh produce, it can be easy to forget the importance of food safety. We often attribute food-borne illness to meats, seafood, or mayonnaise-based dishes that have been sitting out of their safe temperature zones for long periods of time, but fruit and vegetables are quite capable of making us ill as well.

Eating and Exercise

By Audrey Kessler, RD, LDN

Summer is approaching! So, getting back into a regular exercise routine may be on your To Do list. Here are some basic tips to get you started. 


The Best Foods to Boost the Immune System

Special thanks to Vanderbilt Dietetic Intern, Nikki DeAngelis for this post.

Runny noses, echoing sneezes, and the chills—it’s that time of year again when cold and flu symptoms are making their dreaded appearance. Washing hands and getting enough sleep aren’t the only ways to boost your immune system! Include some of these immune enhancing foods in your diet to help stay healthy this cold and flu season.