MyPlate Tips to Help You Eat Healthy on a Budget
MyPlate Tips to Help You Eat Healthy on a Budget

Categories: Health

By Guest Blogger, Sasha Bard, MS, RD, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, United States Department of AgricultureA logo for showing a dinner plate divided into four sections: Fruits, Grains, Protein and Vegetables. The word "Dairy" is on the upper right of the plate in a circle. With kids back at school and the holiday season fast approaching, we could all use to save a little money. If you’re looking for ways to be thriftier, make sure you don’t cut back on healthy eating.

MyPlate, the food guidance system from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), offers great tips for healthy eating on a budget. has information and ideas on healthy eating such as how to add more vegetables to your day, make at least half your grains whole, choose a variety of protein foods and cut back on salt and sodium.

Smart shoppers know that saving money is more than luck. When shopping for groceries, it’s about having a game plan and making smart decisions about what to put in your cart. Try planning out your meals ahead of time and making a grocery list. That way you avoid impulse buys. Shopping on a full stomach can also help!

For fruits and vegetables, MyPlate suggests buying fresh produce in season, comparing prices of frozen and canned items, which may be less expensive, and shopping store sales.

When comparing prices, pay attention to unit pricing if you want to maximize savings. Choosing the larger container may be a better deal.

Coupons are another great way to cut food costs. Knowing how to find them is the first step. Check newspapers, websites, store shelves and food packages.

When eating out, save money by getting the early bird special, going out for lunch instead of dinner, or looking for “2 for 1” deals. Savvy diners also stick to water instead of ordering other beverages. This trick will help you save money and calories.

For more ideas, visit the Healthy Eating on a Budget section on where you will find tasty and low-cost recipes, sample two-week menus and tips for every aisle.

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A Disability Doesn’t Have to Limit your Potential
A Disability Doesn’t Have to Limit your Potential

Categories: Employment

Harley Thomas, the Senior Director of Corporate and Digital Marketing, Industries for the Blind, Inc. – Milwaukee

By Harley Thomas, Senior Director of Corporate and Digital Marketing, Industries for the Blind, Inc. – Milwaukee 

Having a disability and finding employment can be a huge challenge. Having a disability and finding fulfilling employment with advancement opportunities is an even greater challenge. 

At Industries for the Blind, Inc. — Milwaukee, increasing employment of people who are blind or have low vision is our top priority. We aim to not only increase employment, but also create well-defined paths for advancement, giving our talented professionals a clear track to upward mobility. We want to prove that people with disabilities have just as much opportunity as non-disabled. We’ve developed strategies allowing us to employ people who are blind or have low vision in virtually every area of our operations. In all, more than 100 professionals who are blind make their way to our company every day.

Following are a few examples of successful individuals with disabilities at our company who hold a variety of important positions:

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Building Inclusion
Building Inclusion

Categories: Employment

By Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor (reposted from the Work in Progress blog)

Image of NDEAM 2014 Theme: Expect.Employ.Empower and the words What can YOU do? There is a photograph of the back of a woman with long hair sitting in a wheelchair wearing a business suit.This week I have had the pleasure of attending the U.S. Business Leadership Network conference, the nation’s largest gathering of employers committed to a diverse workforce inclusive of people with disabilities. As in previous years, it is serving as a most fitting kick-off to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

While here, I find myself thinking about just how much the conversation about disability and employment has changed in recent years, and for the better. Throughout the workshops and presentations, one message has resounded loud and clear: The way forward is less about individual policies and programs and more about culture and commitment. It’s about choosing and building inclusion.

This affirmed my deep-seated belief that true progress on disability employment requires a broader view than we as a society have afforded it in the past. That’s not to say individual policies and programs aren’t important, because they are. But they alone are not enough. Rather, they’re the individual building blocks that support a larger structure, one we all play an important role in shaping, whether we have a disability or not.

To me, this new paradigm is encapsulated beautifully in this year’s NDEAM theme: Expect. Employ. Empower. Those three brief but powerful words provide a framework for a more holistic approach to increased workforce inclusion of those of us with disabilities. And we have seen significant strengthening of this framework in just the last few months. For example, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which is modernizing and improving our nation’s workforce development system, includes a specific focus on increasing competitive, integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities, including significant disabilities. In this way, it’s helping increase expectation.

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