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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…

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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…

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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…

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Kathy Border takes students to a beef farm every year as part of a community food course. She and her family eat eggs laid by their own chickens. The weekly diet tilts toward fresh fruits and vegetables. Still, she wouldn't dream of growing her own produce on her rural homestead in South Wales. "I do not have a green thumb and we have a lot of deer who would eat a ga…

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Only one in 10 American adults eat the daily recommended 1½ to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to three cups of vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "That's shocking," said Kathy Border, a registered dietitian and professor of nutrition in the Dietetics Department at D’Youville College. "We know that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps r…

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Kathy Border, a registered dietitian and professor of nutrition in the Dietetics Department at D’Youville College, shared six ways to get the most out of farmers markets. 1. Look before you leave home See what you have in the fridge and pantry before heading to the market. It helps avoid duplication and reduces food waste. 2. Plan right "I've got college-age kids who m…

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Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and others visited Eden Family Growers in the Southtowns this week to debunk fears that it’s best to avoid Romaine lettuce after a Yuma, Ariz., based E.coli outbreak that occurred in the spring. The last shipments of romaine from Yuma took place April 16, and their harvest season is over, the FDA has reported, and it’s e…

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Whole Foods Market gave Rob O'Connor the chance to move back to Western New York after several years away in Providence, R.I., at culinary school. "I missed the food most while I was gone. After I left, there were so many things that kept popping up, restaurants, breweries. It's become a Renaissance," said O'Connor, 29, a North Tonawanda native who worked part-time in t…

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Workers and visitors in the Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus have a new healthy dining option – The Byte Wholesome Foods to Go vending machine. Chicken and veggie Buddha Bowls, salads and snacks, and drinkable yogurt, Blackman Farm juices and Bootleg Bucha are among the staples in the refrigerated food purveyor, installed late last month as part o…