Healthy Eating: Do You Know The Five Refuel Commandments?

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA Okay men, this one’s for you. A healthy lifestyle reboot book that focuses on food, fitness and health. REFUEL, is a well-written book, with a dose of humor, by my friend and a leading health expert John La Puma, MD. REFUEL is a 24 day eating plan specifically engineered for the male brain and body designed to boost testosterone levels, help men shed fat, pump up strength and stamina…

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A TEDEd Presentation, Sugar: Hiding in plain sight, plus other names for added sugar

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA This is a short charming animated informational TED-Ed Original presentation, Sugar: Hiding in plain sight-Robert Lustig. “While sugar is easy to spot in candy, soft drinks and ice cream, it also hides out in foods you might not expect — including peanut butter, pasta sauce and even bologna! Robert Lustig decodes confusing labels and sugar’s many aliases to help determine just how much of that sweet carbohydrate makes its…

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Twitter Heart Chat: Sharecare and American Heart Association

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA Twitter Chats are a powerful way to share valuable information in real-time.  Sharecare and the American Heart Association partner to host a Twitter Chat on Heart Health. Please join the Twitter Chat today, February 20, 2014 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST, and use the Hashtag #HeartChat. In support of the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month, the American Heart Association (AHA) and Sharecare, the online health and…

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Are Doctors Writing Prescriptions for Fruits and Vegetables?

Fresh produce program gains momentum in weight-loss fight By Christine S. Moyer More doctors are writing prescriptions for a proven weight-loss treatment with no negative side effects — fresh vegetables and fruits. The initiative, known as the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, was started by the Connecticut-based nonprofit Wholesome Wave in 2010. The organization aims to improve access and affordability of fresh, locally grown produce to underserved communities. The program targets overweight and obese children…

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Healthy Eating: Smart Recipes for a Healthier You-Three Bean Salad and Tacos

Smart Recipes for a Healthier You will be an ongoing series on Healthin30 recognizing healthy smart simple recipes to help empower you to take charge of your health.  The goal is to help provide you with inspiration to make cooking simple and healthy. My friend John La Puma, MD, professionally trained chef, a board-certified internist and New York Times best-selling author kicks off the series with a meatless healthy taco. Category: Healthy Eating and Smart…

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