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  • Anti-Inflammatory diet

    Anti-Inflammatory diet

     

    What you eat can affect your health in many ways. Now we are finding that our diet can fight against inflammation in the body. Inflammation can trigger chronic diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain cancers and even Alzheimer’s disease. Being overweight also promotes inflammation, so losing weight can significantly improve health and reduce the risk of chronic illness.

     

    The Mediterranean Diet is probably the best example of a diet that can reduce inflammation. This diet includes plenty of whole fruits and vegetables; good sources of omega-3 fatty acids such as fish or flax seed and nuts. It also includes few refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta and white rice, and emphasizes whole grains such as brown rice, barley, oats and bulgur wheat as well as limited sugar, sweets and other processed foods. 

     

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  • phenylketonuria (PKU)

    People with PKU need to follow a diet that limits foods with phenylalanine. The diet should be followed carefully and be started as soon after birth as possible. In the past, experts believed that it was safe for people to stop following the diet as they got older. However, they … Continue reading

  • Walk with a Doc Program

    Walk with a Doc is a free, non-profit  program for anyone interested in taking steps for their health. Bring friends and loved ones or come alone, and enjoy a refreshing, rejuvenating walk in the park. Physicians, specialists and healthcare professionals from your community will provide support and answer questions. Come … Continue reading

  • Smart Travel

    When you take a trip, does your diet go on vacation, too? Many people use vacations as an excuse to live it up by eating rich foods they don’t normally eat, or eating supersize restaurant portions all day long. But it is possible to enjoy your vacation and the local … Continue reading

  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

    The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry … Continue reading

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

    SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible … Continue reading

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