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Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month

President Trump declared the month of April as Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month in his Presidential Message on April 1, 2019 and is encouraging public action and participation from all sectors. Ways to participate: Join the conversation: Share...

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Stress and IBS

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month AND Stress Awareness Month. If you don't know what IBS is or what it's like, then consider yourself lucky. Between 25 and 45 million people in the United States (10 to 15% of the population) are affected. The exact cause of IBS is not known. Symptoms may result from a disturbance in theway the gut, brain, and nervous system...

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Food Rescue at Home

As we head into the month of March, let's all pause and reflect on our eating habits because after all, March is National Nutrition Month and a great time to reevaluate what is on our plates. More importantly let's pay special attention to what we are scraping off our plates into the trash. It is estimated that 90 billion pounds of food is thrown away each year either at home or...

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That's Smart! Staying Safe at Work

June is National Safety Month so I wanted to share some helpful information about "work safety". Whether you have a desk job or a construction job there are many things you can do to improve your health and safety at work. Below are several links that demonstrate healthy work environments and practices. Click on a link to learn more. Stress can impact your quali...

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A Story Unfolds: Cooking for the Health of It


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Warm Up to Frozen Produce

What are your perceptions of frozen fruits and vegetables and how do you feel about them compared to the fresh variety? When looking at data on in-home consumption of fruits and vegetables (F & V) of various forms, frozen falls far behind store fresh and several other forms (see charts below). No matter what the source, F & V consumption has been on the decline...

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Put Your Best Fork Forward

March is National Nutrition Month® and the theme this year is "Put Your Best Fork Forward". This campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and making each bite count. Here are some tips to get you started: Create a Healthy Home Environment- Eating is an automatic behavior and you may think you have control of your choices but resea...

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Let's Get Steamy!

I went out and purchased a steam canner last week to see how it compared to the boiling water canner which I've been using for years. I had a lot of peppers in my garden so I decided to make a pepper jelly recipe from the So Easy to Preserve book. Using the steam canner was a great experience. It was so easy to use and I really like how light-weight it is! The boiling water canner is quit...

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2016, Year of the Pulse

…Not your heartbeat. "Pulse" is a term describing the edible seeds of several leguminous plants, such as dry beans, dry peas, lentils and chickpeas. The United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of the Pulses which brings awareness to their health benefits and value as sustainable sources of protein. These seed plants have been...

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The Low-Down on High-Energy Drinks

Sleepiness and fatigue are often used interchangeably but they are quite different in terms of cause and treatment. Fatigue can be acute or chronic- if you are experiencing chronic fatigue, you should see your health care provider as this may be a sign of a serious illness or mental health condition. Sleepiness on the other hand is associated with lifestyle behaviors and therefore remedied wit...

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Dig In! to National Garden Month

35% of households in America (42 million) are growing food at home or in a community garden, up 17% since 2008. - National Gardening Association April is National Garden Month and the perfect time to kick off the gro...

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I'll Take a #5. Hold the Antibiotics.

I'm lovin' it! On March 4 th of this year, McDonald's USA announced their new menu sourcing initiatives which will now only include chickens that have been raised without the use of antibiotics "important to human medicine". This is a step in the right direction as it is important to minimize the use of these in food animals for reasons such as antibiotic resistance and consequences o...

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How to Spot a Fad Diet in 30 Seconds or Less

Every week there's a new "miracle" diet and every year you can't help but wonder: Is THIS the weight loss diet that will finally work, once and for all? There are weight loss programs that work, but there are many more "fads" out there that will temporarily drop your weight (or perhaps make you sick), only to have the pounds return in a few short weeks. Fad diets are tempting, but like eating a...

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Are you eating pro- or anti- inflammatory foods?

About Inflammation There two kinds-acute and chronic- both have very different effects on the body. Acute inflammation is necessary after an injury or infection because it aids in the healing process. Chronic inflammation (aka low-grade, 'systemic'), however, appears to play a role in many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders such as rhe...

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More Fat, More Flavor

Low-fat beliefs 'Diet', 'weight loss', 'low-fat'…these terms usually go hand-in-hand and when looking at Gallup poll data from 2012 on Americans' views on best diets, Americans tend to lean toward low-fat rather than low-carb diets if and when they choose to do so. 'Fa...

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A Strawberry Moon calls for Strawberry Jam

Friday the 13 th has brought delight and dread to the hearts of many movie-goers and superstitious individuals over the years but today...

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Don't Judge Me by the Contents of My Shopping Cart!

Do you ever find yourself sneaking a peek at other people's carts at the grocery store or have you been the victim of a nosy neighbor in the check-out line? Well you're not alone if you have. In a recent online poll I noticed that nearly 70% of people answered YES to the question, " Do you judge other people's grocery carts? " This poll was not representative...

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Why only 8% achieve their resolutions

New Year's Resolution Statistics Rank Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2014 1 Lose Weight 2 Getting Organized 3 Spend Less...

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Get Ready Day

As the news unfolds from the Boulder area on the current conditions and the damage caused by ravaging flood waters, I'm incredibly saddened by all of the people forced to leave their homes and evacuate to a safer place. Unfortunately, natural disasters like this along with the hurricanes that rip through our shorelines and tornadoes that wipe out entire cities are usually unexpected, giving us...

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