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I love the official designations–partly because they are just interesting, but also because they are often a reminder to me to pass on some details about one thing or another. In this case, it’s the evergreen topic of food safety, one that I get a bit… hmm… passionate about. My story, by way of explaining that passion, is that I was quite cavalier about food safety. I pushed the boundaries, until one day I pushed too far. We’d gotten some … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Tips, Tools & Techniques

In the fitness world, stretching tends to be something that people often times have misconceptions about or are currently doing incorrectly. It is an important part of any exercise regimen; therefore it is important to do it correctly! The main purpose of stretching is to increase flexibility and range of motion around the joints. This increased flexibility aids us in daily activities, sports, and exercise. Although many people think stretching is done to reduce the chance of muscle soreness, there … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

Proper hydration and nutrition are key to making it through the summer heat. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to start drinking, thirst is actually a sign of already being dehydrated. How much fluid is enough? To determine your body’s specific needs, take your weight in pounds and divide by two. The resulting number is the amount of fluid ounces you should have each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds: 150 pounds / 2 = 75 ounces This … continued…

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

Much to my dietitian dismay, my daughter LOVES fruit snacks. These are often given as a snack at school and every time she eats them all I can think about is the sugar that is sticking to her teeth and immediately forming cavities! That being said, I decided to try my hand at dehydrating fruit to see if I could convince her that these are a great replacement. Dehydrating is a great method of food preservation because it doesn’t require … continued…

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

Every month I glance over the “official” holidays, and it’s official: July is National Blueberry Month. Here are some great links to resources for cooking with blueberries. Blueberries are consistently ranked as a super-food – fruit packed with nutrition and disease fighting antioxidants. If you find a “you-pick” blueberry farm near you,  pick way more than you can consume fresh–blueberries freeze well. Wash them and let them drain dry. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and pour blueberries into … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques

It’s that time of year. I never want the oven on. I am always too hot, but I don’t want to spend more money or make a bigger “carbon footprint” on the earth, so I won’t chill the air even more with the air conditioner. But we still have to eat. Here are five great ways to make it cooler. 1. Use the grill. For everything. I like to do steaks and baked potatoes on the grill (the potatoes take … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy Habits Summer Grilling Tips, Tools & Techniques

While many people think Core Exercises are just for flattening their tummy, they really are so much more than that.  (In fact, just doing core exercises is not enough to get that flat tummy… see that Fitness Myth busted in this post.)  Your core muscles (abdominal muscles and lower back muscles) are the main muscles that support your body to keep you sitting and standing throughout the day.  Having a strong core makes your daily activities less tiring because these … continued…

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Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

Now that summer’s heating up, my herb garden is in full swing. Some herbs have already flowered and others are just starting to bloom. Many of my herbs have grown so big that it’s time for them to have a generous haircut; others just need to have a light trimming. My kids love to help me trim my herbs; after all there are so many great smells and tastes, it’s an irresistible task. We usually trim my herbs in the … continued…

Gardening Healthy Habits Healthy, Delicious Recipes Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

Summer is here and the kids are out of school and looking for something to keep them occupied.  In today’s culture, it is easy for kids to sit and play video games, or to sit in front of the computer or tv to keep busy.  According to the Let’s Move! Campaign, www.letsmove.gov, the average child age 8-18 spends approximately 7.5 hours per day using these types of media.   As a result, children today are more inactive than ever before. Did … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

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