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Blueberries!

Crazy about blueberries?  You aren’t the only one!  In 1999, the United States Department of Agriculture gave blueberries their own month – July – and rightfully so.  These little blue gems are native to North America, and moreover, the USA supplies the majority of blueberries worldwide.  You can find blueberries on three types of U.S.-based plants: highbush,…

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AIDS Run & Walk: Smoothie Spotlight

Heartland Health Outreach is gearing up for the 2014 AIDS Run & Walk!  Some team members have started meeting every other week for a running and walking group in anticipation of the big event on Sunday, September 14.  We’re excited to begin training for the various events: 5k walk, 5k run, and 10k run. But we…

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Heart Health: National Blood Pressure Month

Happy National Blood Pressure Month! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 3 Americans has high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.  Blood Pressure Month is a time to educate the public on ways they can decrease their risk of becoming hypertensive and improve their blood pressure if it is elevated.…

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Salad Days

Anyone can throw some lettuce and veggies together, but don’t underestimate the power of the salad.  Fruit, pasta, beans, potatoes, nuts – when it comes to salads, the possibilities are endless! Moreover, salads can provide us with the fiber our bodies need every day.  Fiber isn’t made by the body, so it’s essential to eat enough every day to keep our…

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Tips for a Healthier BBQ

With the warmer weather finally settling in, it’s the perfect time to invite friends and family over for a backyard barbecue! But hosting a barbecue doesn’t need to get in the way of your healthy eating habits. Follow these easy tips to make your BBQ a healthy success: Avoid processed meats. Processed meats like sausages,…

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Nutrition and Immunity

Adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors prevents chronic diseases and maintains our quality of life. Most of us have heard that eating a diet of plant-based, nutrient-dense foods can protect us from developing problems later, but what does good nutrition do for us NOW? Malnutrition is the most common cause of immune-deficiency worldwide. A healthy, balanced diet can keep us from…

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Take Action: Unemployment Insurance

What can you be doing right now to make sure everyone in your community has enough to eat?  Here’s an idea from the Food Research and Action Council (FRAC), the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States: Urge House Members to support Unemployment Insurance (UI) by…