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Nutrition advice, shared simply and underlined regularly, can help establish healthier ways of eating that last a lifetime. That’s the idea behind Nutrition Simply Said, a new program that offers free nutrition classes at food pantries run by Catholic Charities of Buffalo. “We see and hear stories daily of people not having enough food to eat. They're not really know…

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“We need to ground down in winter,” with warm, hearty but healthy foods that bow to the season, says Jessica Mascle, owner of Root and Rise Yoga and Ayurveda. We can also use a pick-me-up to get us going in the morning, which is why Mascle shared the following three recipes to reflect her seasonal eating philosophy for this time of year. Fresh Squeezed Juice  4 na…

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Jessica Mascle likes to throw one more ingredient into the mix of mind, body and spirit that many embrace with their holistic approach to good health. Nature. What does that mean as we slip into holiday season in Western New York? “The best word I can use to describe the energy outside is frenetic,” Mascle said. “It's kind of a wild energy out there when the wind …

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Mobile and farmers markets are among the cream of the crop when it comes to increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in low-income communities. Opening supermarkets, however, has not been shown to have much of an effect in that regard, according to new research from the University at Buffalo. UB researchers reviewed literature of studies conducted on new mobile produc…

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A University at Buffalo researcher’s Veggie Van project will rev up nine organizations in four states, including two in Buffalo. The van will help each organization either start or expand a mobile produce market as it studies ways to include such a model to promote healthier eating. A total of 32 community sites will be studied. “We want to know if having these mobil…

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The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution late last year creating the first World Food Safety Day – on June 7 – to draw attention and direct efforts to reduce the estimated 600 million cases of annual foodborne illnesses across the globe. Roughly 48 million Americans get sick every year from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die, acc…

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Tanisha Simmons packed on more than 80 pounds in the decade after she graduated from the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. “I call myself a mall baby because the majority of my jobs during those years were in the mall,” Simmons said. “When you’re on your own and you’re working, you want the quick food.” The 29-year-old SUNY Buffalo State fashion maj…

Family

It’s understandable that parents who look to instill healthier family eating habits rue holidays such as Easter, when candy often takes center stage, especially for the kids. It might be tempting to scrap the idea of giving out Easter baskets, but certified nutritional specialist Andrea Langston recommends a few twists on the holiday tradition that can create a happy mi…

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Winter has lingered into spring, but Beth and Chris Leipler already have spent several months preparing for their second growing season at Tioga Valley Farm in West Falls. “We’re looking forward to another year,” Beth Leipler said this week. The farm is among at least 10 in the region that offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares – essentially giving custom…

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Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will continue a new program this week when they visit several Tops markets to help shoppers read food labels, learn to how to unit price and save money, and find more foods lower in salt and sugar. Jenna Fadale, with the Niagara County Extension office, came up with the idea for the healthy grocery store tours while chatting up sh…

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Donna Kondrak was on high blood pressure medication for 25 years before her retirement two years ago. Two years earlier, she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. She also was overweight. “I was eating the SAD Diet – the Standard American Diet,” said Kondrak, 64, of Cheektowaga, a former pharmacy managerial assistant. “That consists of everything that made me sick. Animal…

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Miranda Patterson understands it isn’t easy getting older. In her younger days, she found little need to change daily habits that often included skipping breakfast, snacking on chips and cookies, enjoying pasta and fried foods for dinner, and a pre-bedtime ice cream treat. Things changed when Patterson, who grew up in Italy and Canada, turned 50. She was diagnosed wi…

Bills

Exhausted from preparing your Thanksgiving feast? Try putting together 60 pounds of turkey, 110 pounds of mac and cheese, 50 pounds of candied yams and 30 pounds of stuffing and mashed potatoes — enough to feed about 250 people. That was part of the job description this week for Will Greenberg, the Buffalo Bills’ assistant strength and conditioning coach. Along with …

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Jenny Arnette and Alanna Bonaccorso, fourth-year students in the five-year Master’s of Dietetics Program at D’Youville College, shared the recipes for four popular Thanksgiving Day side dishes that can be made in a healthier fashion with the right ingredients. MASHED SWEET POTATOES 6 servings 3 to 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, sof…