Nutrition

The Skinny On Sweet and Salty

by Peter Kates Food cravings are rarely for kale or cauliflower. More likely, they’re for something sweet, or salty. Here is what you need to know about these two substances. Sugar: Sugar is a carbohydrate that gives you energy. The healthiest form is in fruits, vegetables, grains, milk and yogurt. These foods also provide vitamins, minerals and more. Sugar from sweetened beverages, desserts and s... »

Help Your Child Eat Healthy At School

Courtesy of Independent Health’s Health Promotion and Wellness Department At the beginning of each school year many parents struggle with deciding whether to have their child bring a bagged lunch from home or buy lunch from the school cafeteria. Whenever possible, we encourage parents to pack their kids’ lunches so they know what their children are eating. The most nutritious lunches include foods... »

Mobile Gardening Program

Mobile Gardening Program expands in Niagara County Abandoned shopping carts to be used as gardens for city residents--Program to increase access to fruits and vegetables in urban areas LOCKPORT, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is pleased to announce the expansion of Grow on the Go to new neighborhoods in Niagara County. Last year’s successful growing season helped spread this mobile garde... »

Snack Your Way to Your Summer Weight!

by Patricia Salzer Healthy snacking throughout the day can help you maintain your ideal weight, or even help you to drop a few pounds in time for swimsuit season. “When you snack on the right foods, you tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day,” said Patricia Salzer, a registered dietitian and health and workplace wellness consultant at Univera Healthcare. “You’ll feel fuller longer and b... »

Benefits of plant-based medicine

By Shannon Traphagen Across cultures, herbal medicine is a part of our human heritage. Herbs are an important tool in conventional medicine throughout Europe, Asia, and India, and have been used since the 1800’s. In the early 1900s, American doctors commonly used naturopathy, homeopathy, and other holistic practices to help alleviate or combat certain ailments and diseases. While it has take... »

Healthy Snacking Tips from a Football Party Veteran

Healthy Snacking Tips for the Big Game Four quarters of playoff football, or eight quarters if you’re parked in front of the flat screen for two consecutive games, is a long time to be snacking! That’s why it’s important to approach each opening kickoff with a food game plan to assure that you’ll make it to the final seconds without being flagged for too many bowls of chips... »

Truth to the Old Saying About “An Apple a Day…”

    You’ve heard it said since you were a kid, about an apple a day keeping the doctor away. According to Patricia Salzer, a registered dietitian and workplace wellness consultant at Univera Healthcare, there’s really something to it. “Apples are high in nutrients, antioxidants and fiber, which aid brain function and memory, and help lower the risk of cancer, hypertension, diabetes, heart dis... »

Families Can Embrace a Mediterranean Diet

Families Can Embrace a Mediterranean Diet Opting for seafood instead of red meats is one component of the Mediterranean diet, which offers a number of health benefits, including reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases. Healthy eating is a top priority for many families. The search is always on for foods that taste good, appeal to the masses and provide adequate nutrition. “The benefits of a Medite... »

Empower U You Makes Food and Fitness Fun

by Kelly Quigley Everyone at Fox Run Retirement Community is excited about Empower U, a new program that focuses on healthy aging, tying together food, fitness and education. Community members are encouraged to try new foods, participate in multi-level fitness programs, and adhere to guidelines on healthy eating. The best part of the program is the fun people have in choosing! Chefs at Fox Run off... »

An Education on Beef!

By Shannon Traphagen As someone who does not eat a lot of red meat, I gained an extensive education about the health benefits of red meat–particularly beef. The Rochester and Western NY Board of Directors of the American Heart Association (AHA) had its annual end of the year meeting. This year we decided to have a retreat, taking us out to Medina NY to SK Herefords Farm, owned by David Schub... »

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