Happy National Nutrition Month! 

It's time to "Put Your Best Fork Forward" for National Nutrition Month!  This year's theme inspires us to start with small changes in our eating habits in order to make healthier, lasting habits. 

Keep up with our blog, Facebook and Twitter for daily stories, videos and tips surrounding #NationalNutritionMonth! 
Check out our new Spanish Double Up Food Bucks video

This new video helps explain and promote the Double Up Food Bucks Arizona program for Spanish-speaking communities across our vibrant state! Please feel free to share with your networks, and with friends and family who use SNAP benefits. Let's spread the word and help more families bring home fresh, Arizona-grown fruits and vegetables. 

Visit www.DoubleUpFoodBucksArizona.org for more information and to find participating locations. Like our page on Facebookfollow us on Twitter and check out our Instagram for updates and news about sustainable and healthy food initiatives. Stay tuned for more news as we continue to grow! 

Food for thought: The link between a healthy breakfast and school success

Breakfast is often hailed as the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast sets the tone for the rest of your day and staves off the dreaded afternoon slump, but research also shows that breakfast is particularly vital for children's success in school.

Read this blog to learn more about the importance of breakfast, and check out these recipes you can make with your kids in the morning! 
Connect with your teenagers at mealtime

As parents of digital-age teenagers, it can feel overwhelming to meet these challenges and parent in a world that feels constantly plugged-in and on-the-go. Family meals provide an excellent opportunity to connect with your teens and imbue them with healthy habits that can last them a lifetime.

Check out this blog for tips on how to make meals a time for communication and inspiration. 
Celebrate healthy habits for #NationalNutritionMonth

Achieve your healthy eating goals this month and all year long with resources, videos, tips and more from ChooseMyPlate.gov. Test your nutrition knowledge with these quizzes, check out hundreds of healthy recipes and more! 
Losing a grocery store changes a neighborhood

Victor Papa was born in 1945 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. "Never left and never will," said the 71-year-old president of the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, a community organization that serves the residential, commercial, and cultural life of the southeast edge of Manhattan through community-based programs and strategic partnerships.

When the large Pathmark grocery store in the shadows of the Manhattan Bridge closed in 2012 after nearly 30 years in business, it made the news. A&P, the company that owned Pathmark, declared bankruptcy and sold its 49 New York City locations that year. Now, the Lower East Side space is on the way to becoming luxury condos after being purchased by the real estate developer Extell. The loss stings like salt in a wound, said Papa.
Can 'agrihoods' revitalize urban centers?  

Via GreenBiz, by  Julia Travers:

The way a city uses and reuses space has a powerful impact on its identity and economy. While some cities are experiencing a development boom and others a building slump, urban agrihoods could provide much-needed food, employment and green space to cities trying to rebuild.

That's the idea behind the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative's (MUFI) two-acre farm and agrihood-in-development in Detroit's North End neighborhood. Billed as the "first sustainable urban agrihood" in the U.S., and MUFI's current agricultural campus includes a two-acre farm, orchard and children's garden; since 2012, it has distributed over 50,000 pounds of produce to local residents, nonprofits and businesses.

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