Not All Snacks Are Created Equal!

By DeDe Hausmann

Let’s get real here.  When you think of snacks do you think of red, ripe delicious-tasting apples or a big chunk of chocolate?  As for me I’ll go for chocolate anytime over an apple EXCEPT when I know I need that nutritious apple, and I have recently had some mouth-watering chocolate.

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National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

By Kimmi Devaney

As we give thanks for our families, friends and good health, let’s not forget the less fortunate. Throughout the week of November 12-20 the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness are co-sponsoring their annual National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Throughout this time, a number of schools, communities and cities take part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness.  Continue reading

Planning A Holiday Feast

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By Diane Ruyack

In our family, our favorite holiday feast is Thanksgiving!  If this is your first holiday feast or your 10th, the following list will help you have an enjoyable and successful party. Plan the meal, keeping in mind your guests’ tastes, ethnic backgrounds, allergies and any other factors.

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

By DeDe Hausman

In 2010 the American College of Sports Medicine, along with other prominent health-organizations, including the NAACP, the American Society for Nutrition, the Cleveland Clinic, and HealthCorps, began waging a battle against childhood obesity by declaring September as NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH.  And to add more credence to that, on September 1, 2010, President Obama issued a PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION declaring SEPTEMBER as NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH.

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Time for U-Pick Farms

By Diane Ruyack

It is time to think about harvesting your own garden produce or checking out u-pick farms. This website will give you all the information you would need to pick your own tomatoes, peaches or blueberries that will be in season in August. There is nothing better than to pick your own fruit or veggies. It is also a great way to help your children learn where their food comes from. We are so isolated from the farm that most people have never been involved in agriculture. In this economy, freezing or canning your own food would be an economic savings.

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Welcome to Summer!

By Michelle Plummer

Finally!  Summer is here and the herbs and vegetables are in the gardens and fields.  I have had radishes two times this year thanks to my neighbor and his plantings.  There is something nostalgic about people exchanging food stuffs over the neighbor’s fence….or radishes in my case.

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Osteoporosis- Know the Facts

By Diane Ruyack

Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time.

Researchers estimate that about 1 out of 5 American women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. About half of all women over the age of 50 will have a fracture of the hip, wrist, or vertebra (bones of the spine).

Osteoporosis occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both.

Calcium and phosphate are two minerals that are essential for normal bone formation. Throughout youth, your body uses these minerals to produce bones. If you do not get enough calcium, or if your body does not absorb enough calcium from the diet, bone production and bone tissues may suffer.

Usually, the loss occurs gradually over years. Many times, a person will have a fracture before becoming aware that the disease is present. By the time a fracture occurs, the disease is in its advanced stages and damage is severe.

White women, especially those with a family history of osteoporosis, have a greater than average risk of developing osteoporosis. Other risk factors include: Absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea) for long periods of time, drinking a large amount of alcohol, family history of osteoporosis, smoking, and too little calcium in the diet. There are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease.

Later in the disease there will be bone pain or tenderness, fractures with little or no trauma, loss of height (as much as 6 inches) over time and even stooped posture or kyphosis, also called a “dowager’s hump.”

Regular exercise can reduce the likelihood of bone fractures in people with osteoporosis. Some of the recommended exercises include: weight-bearing exercises — walking, jogging, playing tennis, dancing and Resistance exercises — free weights, weight machines, stretch bands.