April’s Food of the Month: Zucchini

Written by Amy Staudacher on April 15, 2014 | Reply

Many people think of zucchini as a vegetable but it is actually considered a fruit. Zucchini is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family and a close relative to melon and cucumber. Also known as courgette, it is a type of summer squash that varies in color from yellow to dark green. Zucchini is tender, has a mild flavor, and can easily be incorporated into entrees and side dishes.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Reflexology

Written by Amy Staudacher on April 8, 2014 | Reply

Dr. William Fitzgerald, an ear, nose, and throat specialist, first introduced reflexology in 1913. Initially called “zone therapy,” his technique was founded on the belief that pressure exerted on the feet, hands, or ears improves energy flow and restores balance in the body. Additionally, he proposed that the body was divided into 10 zones and applying gentle pressure on areas of the feet corresponded to relieving stress and pain in these particular zones of the body. In the 1930’s, Eunice D. Ingham, a nurse and physiotherapist, modified Fitzgerald’s methods by mapping out detailed areas of the feet called reflex points which are linked to various organs and specific body parts. She also renamed the practice reflexology.

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Do Miracle Foods Exist?

Written by Olivia Podolsky on April 2, 2014 | Reply

One can go crazy reading about the many so-called “Miracle Foods” on the Internet. Often these foods are beneficial to health, but there is no concrete evidence of a cancer curing power.  Though individual food items cannot be considered curative, diet and lifestyle together can help prevent cancer.  The high concentration of antioxidants and other properties of plant-based foods make them valuable, natural, nutritional tools to help fight cancer.  The American Institute of Cancer Research discourages the use of dietary supplements as a form of cancer prevention.  Rather, it is recommended to strive for a plant-based diet that has a variety of vegetable, fruits, whole-grains, and legumes rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients.  (more…)

Top Tips for Safe Food Storage and Transportation

Written by Aoi Goto on March 29, 2014 | Reply

Our foods encounter many environments that can be conducive to the growth of harmful bacteria.  This is why it is very important to be aware of the steps necessary to keep food safe when transporting and storing food.  To make it as easy as possible, we have listed the most important practices to remember. (more…)

All About Acupuncture

Written by Amy Staudacher on March 28, 2014 | Reply

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese Medicine practice that dates back to more than 4000 years. It is based on the belief that qi, or vital energy, flows through the body along certain meridian points. Qi is responsible for a person’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing, and it is presumed that illness and pain occur as a result of a disruption or blockage of qi. Acupuncture relieves the blocked qi and restores balance in the body.

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Written by Caryn Huneke on March 27, 2014 | Reply

Talking about your gastrointestinal system and bowel issues may not be the most comfortable discussion to have with your doctor, but it’s an important one, especially if you’re 50 years of age or older. It’s recommended that you start routinely screening for colorectal (colon) cancer, cancer of the colon or rectum, at 50 to help detect any abnormalities before they turn into cancer.

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Today is American Diabetes Alert Day!

Written by Caryn Huneke on March 25, 2014 | Reply

The fourth Tuesday of every March has been deemed American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, a one-day “wake-up call” to the American public asking them to take the Diabetes Risk Test (available in English and Spanish) to see if they’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

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Six Purchasing Pointers for Safe and Healthy Food

Written by Aoi Goto on March 22, 2014 | Reply

In continuation of our weekly food safety series for National Nutrition Month, we will reviewing simple strategies for keeping food safe as you shop through the grocery store.  Believe it or not, safe food handling begins with the decision of what to buy at a grocery store.  By being mindful about what you purchase, you can ensure that your food is fresh and decrease the risk of food borne illness.  Here are some key points to consider when grocery shopping: (more…)

Celebrating National Celery Month!

Written by Marissa Lubin on March 20, 2014 | Reply

Celery is often an under-appreciated vegetable and doesn’t get much attention in the shadows of powerhouses like kale and broccoli.  But, celery has some amazing health benefits that should not go unnoticed! Celery has both a high water content and a ton of insoluble fiber, which, together, help promote normal digestion and keep you full.  It also has several antioxidants and protects against inflammation in the digestive system. Plus, it has an amazing crunch and is the perfect snack.  Remember snacking on celery with peanut butter & raisins as a kid (or as I used to call it, “ants on a log”)?  Here are some grown up ways to bring back that childhood favorite and integrate celery into your diet.

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March is National Celery Month!

Written by Amy Staudacher on March 17, 2014 | Reply

Many people tend to think of celery as more of a garnish or accompaniment to food, but it is actually a nutritional powerhouse. It’s loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals. Not to mention, 1 cup serving of chopped celery contains only 16 calories!

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