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Eating Well in Arkansas

Here in Arkansas we have a wealth of resources to help us make good choices when planning and preparing our meals. 

Check out the topics below to find out more about our nutrition education programs and cooking schools, healthy recipes for you and your family, and Arkansas-grown foods.

 

Garden to Pantry

Garden to Pantry

By preserving vegetables and fruits that are not consumed during the growing season, a family can build up the home food pantry and enjoy “home-grown” produce all year long! Or perhaps you want to help the community by giving extra produce to local food pantries. Either way, gardening can be a win/win for everyone! 

 Find resources for everything from garden to pantry!

Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and Veggies

Eating fruits and vegetables are necessary to being happy and healthy. They provide vital nutrients and antioxidants that keep our bodies functioning properly.

 Read about fruits and vegetables

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Arkansas Foods

At the peak of the season, we get the ripest, freshest, and highest quality foods when they are produced in-state, which means more vitamins and minerals, better taste, and overall quality. Many vegetables and fruits sold out of season or out-of-state have been picked prior to ripening so they'll be ready for sale when they hit the store shelves. Here's how you can find locally grown produce and choose Arkansas foods wisely.

Explore Local Foods

Cooking Schools in Arkansas

Cooking Schools

Cooking at home is one way to plan and keep track of calories, portion sizes, and nutrients. Since you can see the ingredients, you know EXACTLY what is in each serving you eat—a great advantage to cooking your own food—nothing is HIDDEN. Unfortunately, many people avoid cooking at home either because they feel that their cooking skills aren't up to par, don't have the time, or prefer the taste and quality of meals eaten out. This doesn't have to be the case! If you are interested in participating in one of our many cooking schools, contact your local county Extension Agent.

Read more about our cooking schools

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

The mission of EFNEP  is to empower limited-income individuals and families with children acquire knowledge, skills, attitude and behavior changes necessary to maintain nutritionally sound diets and enhance personal development. EFNEP provides food and nutrition education for limited resource audiences in 13 counties in Arkansas. Click on the link below to find out if your county is served by EFNEP.

Resources for EFNEP

Healthy Recipes

Healthy Recipes

An essential part of becoming a Healthier You is making healthy choices. One of the simplest and most effective healthy choices you can make is to know what you are eating. Cooking at home is one sure-fire way to plan and keep track of calories, portion sizes, nutrients, and all of that other good stuff. Here are almost 100 easy-to-make, fun, and delicious heart-healthy recipes. 

Get our free healthy recipes
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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed)

The goal of SNAP-Ed is to provide educational nutrition programs that help food stamp participants and those eligible for food stamps make healthier food choices and adopt active lifestyles. Please follow and share the link if you or if someone you know may be interested in receiving food assistance or nutrition education.

Explore SNAP-ed


MyPlate Videos

USDA's Milk Matters

USDA's Wholesome Whole Grains

USDA's Mealtime Is Family Time

 

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