Dealing with the food, human sides of the holiday season

Article by Terri Ward, FoodWIse Educator, Kenosha/Racine CountiesOriginally published in the Kenosha News. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I’m not sure if I find more pleasure cooking, teaching my kiddos to cook, serving and eating all of the wonderful comfort foods my family has enjoyed over the years, or celebrating the people I love by sharing […]

food labels

New nutrient fact labels get a makeover

Article by Terri Ward, FoodWIse Educator, Kenosha/Racine CountiesOriginally published in the Kenosha News. We teach participants of all ages how to read nutrient fact labels. There are many “a-ha” moments when label reading comes up, a common surprise being that the information provided on the label is per serving rather than for the entire package. Eyebrows […]


Seasonal veggies + great recipes = healthy, affordable meals

Article by Terri Ward, FoodWIse Administrator, Kenosha and Racine Counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. Learn how to “Get wise about food” here! Among produce that’s in season or will soon be abundant at our farmers markets and in stores: beans, beets, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, herbs, kohlrabi, kale, lettuce, onions, peppers, summer squash, tomatillos, […]

refrigerator full of food

What to Throw Out When the Power Goes Out

During power outages, food spoilage can be a serious problem when refrigerators and freezers lose power. Consumers can help avoid spoilage and foodborne illness in their homes by making sure foods stay properly refrigerated during a power outage.


Eating Well When Eating Alone

Wisconsin had nearly 645,000 single-person households as of the 2010 Census. That’s a significant number of people who may regularly cook and eat meals on their own.

If you’re cooking for yourself, you may not want to spend much time preparing a meal, says Susan Nitzke, UW-Extension specialist and Professor Emerita in nutritional sciences at the UW-Madison. “But by following a few basic tips, you don’t need to sacrifice good nutrition for speed and convenience when you’re making a meal for yourself.”


Take a family approach to healthy eating and physical activity

Research shows that family members’ health and well-being is affected by the environment in the home. That’s why taking a family approach to healthy eating and physical activity can be beneficial, says Gayle Coleman, nutrition education program specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

brown rice

Brown rice has nutritional edge over white

Rice is enjoyed as part of traditional cuisines around the world and is a staple food in many Asian countries. White rice is chosen more often than brown rice, but that’s a choice that would benefit from change, says Susan Nitzke, Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist and Professor Emerita at the UW-Madison.


Keeping Canned Tomatoes Safe and Tasty

Tomato plants are beginning to yield, and with the new crop comes a new activity: home canning. But whether you’re canning whole tomatoes, homemade ketchup, pasta sauce or anything in between, adding acid to canned tomato products is a must, according to University of Wisconsin-Extension food safety specialist Barbara Ingham.

My Food Plate from USDA

My Food Plate

Where did the food pyramid go?
It turned into a plate, to make it a more realistic guide to healthy eating.