Category Archives: Healthy Habits

Happy Father’s Day to our male readers! This post is a tribute to men’s health, to keep all of our father figures happy and healthy.  We’ve all heard people joke that men never want to ask for directions, and studies show that includes directions from healthcare providers.  Men are four times less likely to visit a healthcare provider than women, but unfortunately this isn’t because men are healthier.  It’s a well-known fact that women generally outlive men; this is in … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Believe it or not, today we celebrate being a klutz in the kitchen — June 13 is Kitchen Klutzes of America Day! There seems to be a day for everyone, doesn’t there, though? Nonetheless, this one is near and dear to my heart, because although I am a culinary professional, I have had more than my share of kitchen mishaps, disasters and overall klutziness in the kitchen. In no particular order, here are some of my own disasters: 1. Email, … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Tips, Tools & Techniques

So, one of my little pet favorite things is the Slow Food Movement. And no, this is not about slow cookers. The Slow Food Movement was started in Italy by a group of people who worried that the world was moving too fast, taking us–and all our good food ideas, harvests, dinners and everything that means–right along with it, spinning us away from the good earth and out into the cold, outer space zone of convenience foods that mean little … continued…

Barb Freda Community Involvement Healthy Habits In the News

Have you ever wanted to get back to basics?  That is the concept behind the new craze of the Paleo diet.  If you haven’t heard of this diet yet then you likely soon will because it’s becoming a very popular way of eating.  While it may not be perfect, it is a massive improvement from the typical American diet.  So what is it?  Researchers have looked at the diet of our ancestors and those that still live hunter gatherer lifestyles … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits In the News Jenny Kramer, RD

I confess; I love herbs! There’s nothing I like better than to sit in my herb garden and smell all my wonderful plants. For me, herbs provide pleasure and practicality. I can use them in my kitchen, for crafting and to attract wildlife like hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow. They’re not fussy and usually you can just plant them and let Mother Nature take care of the rest. It’s best to try … continued…

DIY Gardening Healthy Habits Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

With summer approaching and warmer temperatures already here for many of us, it is important to be prepared for exercising in the heat.  Here are some tips to help you do that safely! Stay hydrated.  You should consume water (or a sports beverage depending on the intensity and length of your exercise session) before, during, and after exercise.  Dehydration is already starting by the time you get thirsty, so don’t wait on that to be your gauge! Choose moisture wicking … continued…

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Fitness Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

Asparagus is one of my absolute favorite vegetables…  I like it cooked, raw, in soup, in quiche, on the grill, any way you can think of!  Lucky for me and the rest of the asparagus lovers out there, it is officially in season.  This is the first week for most Farmer’s Markets in the Midwest so while you are out browsing the booths be sure to look for some fresh asparagus.   What to look for? •    Aim to use … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Snacks Tips, Tools & Techniques

This is an evergreen topic for me. As soon as the weather warms a bit, I want to garden. My real problem is that I happen to have a black thumb. Over the years, I have managed to coax some yellow pear tomatoes into being. Some green beans. And herbs. Lots and lots of herbs, which work to my advantage when I want to add something fresh to the recipe at hand. Here are five finds to get you gardening: … continued…

Barb Freda Gardening Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Tips, Tools & Techniques

Every year we go through a delicate dance at my house; what will the kids give me for Mother’s Day? My oldest insists on raiding her piggy bank and buying me an “extra special” gift. My youngest usually joins in the fray saying she wants to do whatever her sister is doing. Now, I don’t get upset about this entire ruckus because it’s really my kids trying to show how much they love me. But, each year I do tell … continued…

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DIY Healthy Habits Holidays Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month so I wanted to discuss high blood pressure and the positive effect that exercise has on preventing and treating it. What is Blood Pressure? Blood pressure is the amount of pressure that is applied to the walls of the arteries in your body as your blood circulates.  The top number (systolic blood pressure) represents the pressure in the arteries when the heart is contracting.  The bottom number (diastolic blood pressure) represents the pressure … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques