November 15 is National Clean Out Your Fridge Day – and while you should deep clean your fridge more than annually, this day is perfectly timed ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday when many families struggle to find refrigerator space to store side dishes and casseroles. The refrigerator is one of the most essential household appliances, and often experiences its fair… Read More »It’s Probably Time to Clean Out Your Fridge￼
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Rates of gestational diabetes are increasing among women of all racial and ethnic subgroups in the U.S. Gestational diabetes is relatively common and affects 2% to 10% of pregnancies – but can be connected to short- and long-term risks for women and their babies. The good news is for most pregnant women gestational diabetes is transient and can be safely managed under the care… Read More »Is Gestational Diabetes Preventable?
The National Pasta Association reports the average American consumes about 20 pounds of pasta each year. In recent years, consumers have been increasingly looking for low-carb alternatives to their favorite side dishes. Deciphering the marketing for these products can be challenging, making it difficult to choose the best option. For example, green colored spinach pasta does not necessarily translate to the nutrient value of… Read More »How Pasta Substitutes Measure Up and How to Prepare Them
Autumn has arrived. Leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and with the season comes a fall harvest full of hearty crops. Butternut, acorn and spaghetti squash are only a few on the list of fall squashes offering plenty of nutrients including vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. A versatile crop, squashes make their way into savory soups, cozy drinks and spiced desserts.… Read More »Three Cozy Fall Recipes Featuring Squash
October normally marks the start of the influenza season, when cases of the virus increase significantly and remain high until the spring. However, over the past two years there has been a lower number of flu cases than usual. This reduction is partially due to increased social distancing, mask-wearing and other measures in place to slow the spread of COVID.… Read More »Is it a Cold, the Flu, or COVID?
A whopping 98 percent of Americans eat pizza, and according to the Washington Post, approximately 3 billion pizzas are sold each year. It’s that go-to Friday night meal bound to satisfy a crowd with the various toppings, sauces and cheeses there are to offer. But after topping additions, delivery fees and tips – this can lead to a hefty bill. Next time you find… Read More »Easy Homemade Pizza with Staple Ingredients
The first month of life is the most vulnerable period for a child’s survival. Globally, 2.4 million newborns died in 2020, according to the World Health Organization. Most neonatal deaths, approximately 75%, occur during the first week of life. When newborns die it is usually because they suffered from conditions and diseases associated with a lack of quality care during birth… Read More »Reducing Infant Mortality: Ways to Minimize Risks
Sometimes known as nature’s toothbrush, apples offer an impressive list of health benefits. Apples offer prebiotic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The fiber and polyphenol content may reduce the risk for chronic conditions including heart disease, some cancers, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Apples are the most valuable crop in Michigan. According to the Michigan Apple Committee, our state… Read More »Fall Recipes With Apples to Try
Childhood obesity is considered a growing and serious health issue in the United States. Recent studies have shown the percentage of obese children and teens is not only rising, but obesity is affecting kids earlier in their lives than ever before. Being overweight can not only affect a child’s physical and emotional health, but it can have long-lasting effects into… Read More »Obesity Now Affects Children Earlier in Life
Back-to-school season is right around the corner, and parents are busy stocking up on school supplies, tech gear, new shoes and clothes as little kids and teens prepare for the classroom. But don’t forget to come up with some fresh ideas and line your pantry with some grocery staples for the most exciting time of the day for lots of… Read More »Easy School Lunch Ideas for Kids