Category Archives: Educational Tips

Do Not Rinse Your Turkey!!!

And other Thanksgiving food rules for every day By Michelle Forman, Senior Media Specialist, APHL. First published on theAPHL Public Health LabLog. Reposted with permission. Nov. 22, 2011 Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family and friends, enjoy the fall harvest, and to stuff our faces full of delicious food. No matter your specific traditions,

Put on those walking shoes – Exercise can affect your genetic pre-disposition to be overweight!

I was just having the conversation with a colleague about the effect of genetics on being overweight or obese and puzzling about the implications this has for weight loss treatment.  Two days later, as if in response to our query, the paper runs a story about this very topic. The “obesity gene,” otherwise known as

More $5 meal ideas.

The Slow Food Movement has had people blogging on their website about how they accomplished the $5 meal challenge. Please check out their page for sharing recipe ideas (and pictures) here:http://5challenge.tumblr.com/ and let your own creativity about meal planning grow and prosper.  When I looked a little further for $5 meals I came across the $5

The move to charge an extra tax on unhealthy food!

On ABC News this week Olivia Katrandjian reported that “Denmark has introduced what’s believed to be the world’s first fat food tax, applying a surcharge to foods with more than 2.3 percent saturated fats, in an effort to combat obesity and heart disease.” Apparently that sent shock waves through the Danish culture and the Danes

$5 Meal Challenge Report

As I promised earlier, I would report to you the results of my own $5 challenge (cooking a fresh, local, healthy meal for $5 or less and sharing it with others that was initiated by the Slow Food Movement).  As it turns out, I cooked my own meal and shared it but I also participated

Take the Challenge!! Find a $5-Meal in your area.

 I just received word that the local Columbia, Missouri, chapter of the Slow Food Movement is taking the $5-Meal Challenge seriously.  They will be sponsoring a $5-Meal on Sunday, September 18 (see registration information below) with the intention of showing people you can afford to eat fresh, healthy and local.  Or, in other words, the

Listening to TED talks…a love story about a fish

This seems to be my week for getting a lot of good TED Talks sent my way.  In case you are the uninitiated, I hope you take the time to familiarize yourself with this website.   As stated on its website, “TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as

EAT YOUR VEGES!!!

A new long term study was published in the June issue of the New England Journal of Medicine that looked at how the health behaviors of 120,877 men and women over a 12 – 20 year period affected weight gain.  Everybody started out healthy and not obese at the start of the study but the results

Healthy Food on a Budget

I’m always having people ask me for tips about how to eat healthy on a budget.  I just found this great blog that calls itself “Healthy Food on a Budget: Tips from a registered dietician in Boston.” Please avail yourself to it. I’ve looked through it and found lots of wonderful writings that I’m sure you’ll

“We have to eat to live, so why not enjoy food to its fullest?” (Cooking Wild in Missouri, Bernadette Dryden)

I am honored to be able to send you this press release about the new cookbook created by a friend and Slow Food companion, Bernadette Dryden, called “Cooking Wild in Missouri.”  I’ve seen the book and it is a “must have” even if you don’t cook.   It is a book put together with love and bursting