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Healthy Alternatives to 4 Common Foods

August 9, 2019

There are a lot of diets out there—and a lot of people who fail them because they raise the bar too high. It's difficult to restrict one's diet for too long, it's why so many diets fail. But eating healthier doesn't have to mean dieting, it just means eating better. Here are four simple things you can eliminate from your diet, without having to completely overhaul how you shop. We've included some healthier alternatives to rely on as you make the switch. Soda We're sure you've heard this one before—they are bad for your health. How bad? Soda has been linked to increased weight gain by causing...Continue Reading

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Four Refreshing Summer Fruit Recipes

July 31, 2019

Getting all of your recommended fruits and vegetables is so much easier to do during the summer than at any other time of year. With strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, and more coming into season, there's no better time to make sure your grocery cart (or farmer's market basket) is stacked with in-season fruits. But it's sometimes easier to stock the house with fresh fruit than it is to make sure it all gets eaten by the time it goes bad. With that in mind, we wanted to offer up some ways to incorporate some healthy and refreshing fruit into snacks all summer. With these...Continue Reading

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Growing Awareness: The AMI Farm at Augusta Health

July 26, 2019

Augusta Health is looking to change the way you think of a hospital campus… and cafeteria. We have partnered with the Allegheny Mountain Institute to create a farm on the Augusta Health campus. This project, which launched in 2018, has the goal of increasing access to nutrient-dense foods for not only our patients but the larger community as well. Who came up with this idea, and what kind of impact has it had on the hospital and larger community? We spoke with Krystal Moyers, Director of Community Outreach at Augusta Health and Pat Banks, Farm Manager, AMI Farm at Augusta Health , to find out...Continue Reading

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Heart-Healthy Ideas for Your Summer Picnic

July 24, 2019

When it's nice outside, it's easy to want to ditch the dining room table and get outside. A picnic is a perfect way to go about it - with the grass between your toes and a nice spread of food in front of you, there's no better way to spend a day off. For many, however, picnic foods are an invitation to eating some of the least healthy food options available. Bags of potato chips with French onion dip? Pasta salads with heaps of mayonnaise? Fried chicken and cookies? These are not exactly the epitome of heart-healthy living. Never fear, we have scoured the web for some picnic ideas that are...Continue Reading

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Why Do We Have a National Epidemic of High Blood Pressure?

May 14, 2019

About 1 out of 3 US adults – around 75 million people – have high blood pressure. Only about another half of those people have the condition under control. More and more young people are receiving a diagnosis of high blood pressure. In 2013, high blood pressure was a primary or contributing cause of death for over 360,000 Americans . These are some sobering facts and part of the reason that the medical journal The Lancet described the condition as “the largest epidemic ever known to mankind.” In recognition of National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, we are going to examine some of the...Continue Reading

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5 Healthy Holiday Recipes Everyone Will Love

December 13, 2018

It's that time of year to gather friends and family around the holiday table! With celebrations, visits, and lots on your "to-do" list, let us take the worry out of finding healthy meal options. Here are five of our favorite delicious and nutritious recipes that everyone will love! Low Fat Eggnog Total 20 min Prep 20 min Yield 6 servings Level Easy Ingredients 2 cups nonfat milk 2 large strips orange and/or lemon zest 1 vanilla bean 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk 1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon cornstarch Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish Directions Combine 1 1/2 cups milk and the citrus zest in a...Continue Reading

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Going Strong After 50: Staying Healthy Later in Life

September 6, 2018

September is Healthy Aging Month, and we're celebrating the important milestone of being 50 years old and over! At this point in life, you've gained hard-earned wisdom and have much to offer. To continue a good quality of life, taking a proactive role in maintaining your health is more important than ever. It's time to make sure you're doing everything possible to stay vibrant, active, and going strong! Stay Heart Smart Your heart ages along with you. After 50 years old, your heart may grow larger, and your heart rate may slow down slightly. Blood vessels and arteries tend to harden a bit too...Continue Reading

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The Relaxed Vacationer's Guide to Staying Healthy While Away!

July 17, 2018

You look forward all year long to those days of carefree relaxation. Vacations are great for stress relief, adventure, decompressing, and checking items off your bucket list. However, certain unhealthy pitfalls can turn your vacation bliss into a bad ordeal. Use the following preventative measures to have an enjoyable and healthy vacation! You are what you eat! Vacations are often a time to through caution to the wind when it comes to your diet. Here are some easy to maintain diet tip to keep you on track: The most important meal of the day Don't miss the most important meal of the day -...Continue Reading

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5 Ways to Thrive in Your Golden Years

May 21, 2018

As you age, your body experiences changes that can also affect your lifestyle. Aging also comes with its own set of rewards – retirement, self-confidence, and welcoming grandchildren. Despite some of the challenges of aging, there are simple steps you can take to make sure you thrive in your golden years. Baby boomers become seniors Following World War II the American population experienced an upswing, and a generation named “Baby Boomers” to describe the phenomenon. When taking Baby Boomers into account, there are now 46 million older Americans that make up the population. By 2060 that...Continue Reading

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Mental Health of America helps Americans live healthy lives

May 2, 2018

Mental Health of America is focused on helping Americans live physically and mentally healthy lives. Considering May is Mental Health Month, they have released special tools, materials, and fact sheets about mental health. There are many components to mental health, many of which are tied to physical health as well. All parts of a healthy lifestyle improve the health of the whole person. Below is an outline of Mental Health America's focus points for achieving a fit mind and body as well as some information about them. Have a healthy diet. Individuals who have diets rich in fruits, vegetables...Continue Reading

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