March 2008

Quote of the Month

“It is useless to force the rhythms of life. The art of living is about learning how to give time to each and every thing.” —Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food movement See or ...

Make Your Own Flavored Coffee

Sure, you can stand in line at Starbucks and order your java with a squirt of sugary, artificial flavoring. Or you can make your own healthy, licorice-flavored coffee drink in the comfort of your own home. To make an Italian coffee drink with a sweet licorice flavor, simply grind fresh coffee beans with a pinch or two of anise seed to taste. And y...

Hot Cocoa = Low Blood Pressure

by Diane Lofshult
Enjoy some rich, dark-chocolate cocoa and lower your blood pressure in the process, says a report in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Prior research examining the effects of cocoa consumption have found a correlation to lower blood pressure readings, likely due to the polyphenols in ...

Diabetes & Cereal Intake

by Diane Lofshult
Type 2 diabetes is on the rise among all Americans, but African American women are at particularly high risk for developing the condition. Scientific research to date has linked part of this increase to poor dietary habits, especially refined-carbohydrate intake. Now a new study suggests that African American women may be able to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by simply inc...

Heavy Kids Have Heavy Hearts

by Diane Lofshult
A study in the December 6 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine gives new credence to keeping kids fit throughout childhood: children who carry excess weight are more likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD) when they become adults.

Kids Will Eat Healthy School Lunches

by Diane Lofshult
The conventional wisdom is that most children will snub their noses at healthy foods, especially nutritional school lunches. Yet this wisdom is being challenged by the results of a new study in the Winter 2007 issue of the Review of Agricul...

Cooking Classes for Kids

by Diane Lofshult
Want to get your youngsters interested in making healthier meals? You may want to enroll them in cooking classes designed exclusively for kids. These classes, which can range from sushi making to cake decorating, are booming in many markets as parents sign up their budding Barefoot Contessas and Mol...


by Diane Lofshult
Want to add something exotic to your usual salad or baked goods? Pick up a few persimmons next time you’re in your supermarket. These brightly colored fruits are healthy and delicious; are easy to slice and dice into recipes; have practically no seeds; and with their deep orange hue are so festive t...

Protect Your Voice With Food and Beverages

by Diane Lofshult
Fitness professionals, especially group instructors, exercise their vocal cords almost as much as they exercise their muscles. Here are some sound tips from speech pathologists to keep your voice healthy:<...

When in Rome

by Diane Lofshult
Italy is a hugely popular destination for travelers. But first-time visitors often commit culinary crimes that make Italians cringe. Here are some simple tips that will help you do as the Romans do: Expect to order at least three courses for lunch and dinner. The first ...
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