Problematic Food and Drug Pairings

by Courney Moskal Some foods just make a delicious combination – milk and cookies, chocolate and peanut butter, macaroni and cheese! But when it comes to combining foods with medication, your physician (not your taste buds) should be consulted. Milk products can block the absorption of certain antibiotics; chocolate can cause a spike in blood pressure when taking certain antidepressants; and the c... »

Pre-game Planning For the Holidays!

by Shannon Traphagen We all love the holidays. It’s a time of family gatherings, endless tables of food, work parties, and grandmother telling you, “Eat, I didn’t cook all this to go to waste.” But surviving the holidays is all about strategy. There’s no need to wave a white flag when you realize you have several parties to attend this holiday season. Just be proactive—and by that I don’t mean wea... »

The Scoop on Blueberries

(MC) – Millions of people enjoy blueberries because they taste good and are versatile enough to be part of many different menu items. Blueberries, however, are also nutrient-rich and offer a host of health benefits, one of which may be slowing down the aging process. This isn’t to say that blueberries can turn back the hands of time, but they may help slow down some of the typical side... »

Nutrition Matters

Every day we learn more and more about the foods we eat and how they affect our health. Read about some of the things that you should be aware of and why paying attention to labels is a serious matter. did you know? food allergies   (FDA) – Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms, some can cause s... »

Enjoy Healthy Summer Grilling 

Forget hotdogs and hamburgers. Make healthy grilled food a hit at your summer cookout by incorporating fruits, veggies, lean meats and low-fat marinades. “When we think of the grill, we automatically think of hamburgers,” said Patricia Salzer, a registered dietitian and health and wellness consultant with Univera Healthcare. “It’s easy to make grilling healthy, and healthy doesn’t have to mean ‘no... »

August is ‘Kids Eat Right’ Month: Nutrition Tips for Families

(StatePoint) With childhood obesity on the rise, making sure kids eat right and get plenty of exercise is vital. Parents and caregivers can play a big role in children’s nutrition and health, teaching kids about healthy foods, being a good role model and making sure physical activity is incorporated into each day. August, which is Kids Eat Right Month, is a great time for families to focus on the ... »

Mediterranean Diet Seems to Boost Aging Brain Power

Popular diet is seen as better than low fat option for those at risk of vascular dementia. (TAH) – A Mediterranean diet with added extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts seems to improve the brain power of older people better than advising them to follow a low-fat diet, indicates research published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. The authors from the University ... »

Preordering School Lunches Leads to Healthier Choices

A new Cornell study says students make better decisions about what to eat for lunch if they order before arriving at the counter. (BHL) – Parents hoping to nudge their children into making healthier food choices should encourage them to pick their lunches before even entering the cafeteria. A recent Cornell University study found that students who pre-order their lunches are more likely to p... »

Eating More Fiber Lowers Stroke Risk

New study results reinforce the importance of a diet that includes at least 25 grams of fiber daily. (BHL) Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the US, killing more than 137,000 people annually. Among survivors, the disease is a leading cause of disability. Now, a new study, finds that each seven-gram increase in total daily fiber intake is associated with a 7 percent decrease in first-t... »

What Do Cherries and a Wonderful Destination Have in Common?

Tart Cherries – A Hot Super Fruit at a Hot Western New York Destination (FF) Ever wonder why cherries are a favorite for so many? Vivianne and Tom Szulist, owners of Singer Farm Naturals believe, “It’s because our bodies actually crave cherries for the health benefits they give us.” Now more than ever, Americans are aware of health and nutrition and look to their diets as a means... »

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