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Mayor’s walk promotes healthy living, animal adoptions

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Flowers, fitness, and furry animals all come together Wednesday evening for the Healthy Huntsville Mayor’s Walk.

The Huntsville Botanical Garden will be open for you and your pet for free at 6:00 p.m. to walk with Mayor Tommy Battle and check out adoptable furry friends who need a home.

The event aims to promote a healthy lifestyle and keep the animal shelter from becoming overcrowded.

“The garden is set up for the scarecrow trail and all their fall decor so it’s gonna be a beautiful and fun event,” said Ashley Polesak with Huntsville Parks and Recreation.

“People can meet and do a meet and greet with the animals and hey, you never know, they might find a dog they wanna adopt,” said Karen Buchanan with Huntsville Animal Services.


Healthier Somerset: Access to transportation options crucial to healthy living


Rutgers public health expert Christopher Ackerman teams up with a frog puppet to improve nutrition education in the South Bronx
~Courtesy ofRutgers Today

SOMERVILLE – As the Healthier Somerset Coalition strives to make Somerset County the healthiest county in New Jersey, an area of focus is access to care.

Specifically, one of the coalition’s goals is to improve the access to health care services for those living and working in Somerset County. This can be especially true for certain populations within the community.

According to the American Journal of Public Health, transportation is the third most commonly cited barrier for accessing health services among older adults. In 2017, The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) took a closer look at existing transportation barriers within the Northern New Jersey region and identified awareness of services as one of those barriers with an unmet need.

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Specifically, that “consumers are either not aware of the services that are available or don’t know how to use them.”

Coupling this data with the access to care needs identified through Healthier Somerset, RideWise recognized a need to fill the transportation awareness gap within Somerset County.

Through its mission, RideWise connects people and businesses to safe and sustainable travel options that enhance quality of life and create a vibrant economy.

Providing education on navigating the transportation system is one way that RideWise helps to connect those travel options to the people who live and work in the county. Specifically, RideWise launched the TransitConnect program as a way to provide real-life training on how to utilize the many transportation options available within the county.

As Donna Allison, RideWise Executive Director, explained, “Sometimes, the availability of transportation is not the barrier to accessing care.

The barrier can also come from not knowing how to find or use existing services. With transportation being a vital component for so many needed services, it becomes critical for people to understand what transportation options are available and how to use them.”

The network of transportation options available in Somerset County is extensive and is comprised of seven state transit bus and rail lines, ten county public transit bus lines, and three regional transit bus lines.

Additionally, para-transit services are also available to county residents by offering older adults or people with disabilities on demand services to locations within Somerset County and up to five miles outside the county border.

Together, the availability of transportation services, combined with education on availability and ease of use, can help those who live and work in Somerset County to reduce the inability to access needed health care services.

To learn more about Healthier Somerset, RideWise and the Somerset County transportation services, visit the following websites:,, or

Melissa Feltmann is project manager for Healthier Somerset

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Healthy Living: Game-day snacks that score big points with health experts

Healthy football foods are possible, says nutritionist Deborah Enos.  Below are her 4 fan favorite recipes that pack a punch without busting your diet.


QUICK BLACK BEAN GAME DAY CHILI (from stove to table in 15 minutes!)

3 cans of S W Savory Sides SW Black Beans (this product is already seasoned so it’s got great flavor and ready in minutes!)

1 pound of ground bison or beef

1 chopped yellow onion

1 packet of Trader Joe’s taco seasoning

1 can of chopped tomatoes

1 small container of low sodium salsa

1 quart of low sodium chicken broth

In a big sauce pan or Dutch oven, sauté the onions for about 1-2 minutes. Add in the beef and cook together until the onions are translucent. Then add in the tomatoes, beans, broth and ½ the packet of seasoning. Let it simmer for 5 minutes and it’s ready, seriously, it’s that fast. As with most chili it will taste better the longer you let it simmer, so 30 minutes is ideal.


SHEETPAN NACHOS (secret ingredient, BELL PEPPERS!)

I adore nachos. Bad day? I make nachos. Celebrate a good day? I make nachos. Since there are only so many days in a row I can make nachos, I had to create a healthier version. I swapped bell peppers in for the chips and BOOM; I get my veggies in along with a big dose of fiber and vitamins.

* Slice 5-6 bell peppers so they look like a chip

* Place hollow side up in your oven, heated at 400

* Drop a little shredded cheese into each “chip” and then top with the game day chili

* Bake for about 7 minutes

* When they are ready, you can top with salsa, sour cream or guacamole


Cauliflower Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Avocado Dip

A healthy vegetarian spin on classic Buffalo wings, these Cauliflower Buffalo Wings are lightly battered then baked for an easy, addictive appetizer.

YIELD: Serves 4-6

PREP TIME: 15 minutes

COOK TIME: 25 minutes


* 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour (or swap additional all-purpose flour)

* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

* 2 teaspoons garlic powder

* 7 cups cauliflower florets (about 24 ounces)

* 3/4 cup Buffalo wing sauce (I used Frank’s)

* 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

* 1 medium ripe Hass avocado, pitted and diced

* 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

* 1 clove minced garlic

* 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

* 2-4 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese, to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil, then coat with non-stick spray.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the white whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and garlic powder. Pour in 1 cup of water, and then stir until smooth. Add the cauliflower to the bowl, and then toss to coat.

3. Spread the cauliflower in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet, shaking off any excess batter. Spread the cauliflower out so that the florets do not touch. Bake until lightly browned, 18-20 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the Buffalo sauce and butter over medium low heat. Stir until the butter melts, and then set aside.

5. Once the cauliflower has finished baking, remove it from the oven and pour the buffalo sauce over the top, using the entire saucepan. Toss to coat, using a spatula if the cauliflower is too hot so that you don’t burn your fingers. Return the cauliflower to the oven, and then bake for 5 additional minutes, watching carefully so that the sauce does not brown too much on the outside. Serve hot with the Blue Cheese Avocado Dip.

6. For the Blue Cheese Avocado Dip: mash the avocados in a medium bowl with the Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons blue cheese and stir to incorporate, the taste, adding extra blue cheese as desired. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Recipe from the website, Well Plated


CROSTINI for all of your carb loving guests!

If you’re going to eat bread, eat the best tasting bread you can find with the cleanest label (no extra junk or high fructose corn syrup). This is my favorite, Kirkland Signature, made by a bakery in Montreal Canada, called Boulart Bakery.

I can honestly say this is the best bread I have ever tasted. Don’t waste your carb calories on junk bread made with junk ingredients!

On game day, I slice the roll in half, toast it up in my toaster oven at 375 degrees for about 5 minutes. I then add a layer of the blue cheese dip (recipe above) a little sliced protein and chopped tomato.

It’s a simple and delicious way to enjoy your bread without indulging in a huge sandwich.

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WCBI’s Healthy Living for Seniors Expo is Approaching

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – Healthy living is important to all of us!

Make sure to join us for WCBI’s Healthy Living for Seniors Expo, this Wednesday, from 10am to 1pm at Leigh Mall in Columbus!

You’ll get to visit with all kinds of professionals to get advice on everything from pre-planning, finances, home care, health care and more!

We will also be live from the Expo on WCBI’s Mid Morning with Aundrea at nine and Midday at noon.

This event is made possible by Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle, Sanctuary Hospice and WCBI.

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HEALTHY LIVING: 5 things to know about kickboxing – Meriden Record

Kickboxing, a form of martial arts, is designed to be a full body workout for nearly every level of ability, and several area businesses offer both kickboxing training and classes.

Here are 5 things to know about kickboxing.

Health benefits

Tina Valaouras and Shaun Berner, owners of 9Round Fitness in Wallingford and Muay Thai-trained kickboxers, said kickboxing can  strengthen the whole body, including all-important core muscles. Leg and arm muscles are also strengthened. 

All ages can participate.


Traditional boxing gloves must be worn at all times. Trainers like Christian Bagan, who works at 9Round, use pads for partner punching, kicking and other technique demonstrations.

There are several different punching and kicking bags used. Speed, uppercut and double-edge bags help with training and learning new techniques.

Sneakers and comfortable workout clothing are the suggested attire.


Some basic punches include jabs, hooks and uppercuts, said Bagan.

A straight jab is thrown by extending the lead arm. A hook is thrown when the elbow is bent and the body twists while punching. An uppercut is a rising punch that starts in a squat position.


Two commonly used kicks are the front kick and the more advanced roundhouse kick. When training on a heavy bag, kickboxers should target the center of the bag.

In the front kick, the leg comes up while bent and is extended to kick the bag with the ball of the foot. The leg retracts back to the bent position and down again. 

The roundhouse kick starts with the standing foot turned at a 45-degree angle. The other foot is the kicking foot and comes up while turning the hips. The goal is to hit the bag where the shoelaces are on a sneaker.


Other local businesses that offer kickboxing training and classes include Performance Combat in Wallingford, Leadership Martial Arts in Cheshire, Family Martial Arts and Fitness in Cheshire, The Edge Fitness Club in Meriden, Body Temple Fitness of Wallingford and the affiliated The Art of Fitness Training Solutions, and ILoveKickboxing in Southington.
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Healthy Living: Staying on Track

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9 Habits for Healthy Kidneys

Your kidneys are powerful organs that serve many functions. They reduce the toxic burden in your body by filtering out toxins to which you are exposed during your daily life. Then, they excrete those toxins in urine to ensure waste products are eliminated from the body. They regulate water and mineral balance to ensure the proper hydration of your cells. And, they even regulate blood pressure through the secretion of hormones that fulfill this function.

Without healthy kidneys, you could not be healthy. So, it’s time to show them some love by incorporating habits that support healthy kidneys into your life. Here are 9 habits that help build and maintain healthy kidneys:

Switch to Plant-Based Protein

The kidneys, in addition to the many functions above, also process protein to separate out amino acids for use by the body and to eliminate any waste that accumulates from the metabolism of animal protein, including urea and ammonia, both of which can reach harmful levels if the kidneys can’t handle the amount of meat in the diet. Switching to a plant-based diet reduces the burden on the kidneys. Before you utter, “but how will I get my protein?” you might want to consider the many excellent plant-based protein sources, which include: nuts, beans, seeds, quinoa, avocado, coconut, bean sprouts, tofu, miso, tempeh, and dairy- milk and cheese alternatives.

Start Every Morning with a Large Glass of Water

Water is imperative to ensure the kidneys can function properly. Yet, many people are chronically dehydrated, making it difficult for the kidneys to filter out waste products and perform their many other functions. After a night of sleep the kidneys benefit from rehydrating as soon as possible after we awaken. Drink a large glass of water immediately upon rising and wait about 20 minutes before eating breakfast.

Eat or Drink More Cranberries 

Pure cranberries and cranberry juice, not the sweetened dried cranberries full of sulfites or the heavily sweetened juices, can eliminate harmful bacteria in the urinary tract. Eliminating infection-causing bacteria goes a long way toward keeping the kidneys healthy. Dilute pure cranberry juice with water or water and a splash of pure apple juice to make it more palatable.

Cut Back on Salt

While many bloggers claim that salt isn’t harmful in the diet, the claim suggests a lack of understanding about the role of minerals in the body. Sodium and potassium work in conjunction with each other. When sodium rises, potassium levels tend to drop, which is actually a dangerous health situation. The kidneys regulate these electrolytes in your body, so cut down on salt to give them a hand with their sodium-potassium regulating functions. Use more herbs instead of salt.

Eat More Home-Cooked Meals

Most fast food and restaurant meals are packed with excessive levels of sodium. By switching to home-made meals you’ll give your kidneys a break from all the extra salt (provided you aren’t heavy-handed with the salt shaker).

Load Up on Vegetables

Vegetables are high in kidney-supporting potassium. By making vegetables the focal point of your meals you’ll automatically be giving your kidneys some love.

Eat Some Seaweed

Enjoy some docosahexanoic acid (DHA)-rich seaweed to help reduce inflammation in the kidneys (and elsewhere in your body). You’ll only need about a tablespoon of dried seaweed daily to reap the benefits. You can find hijiki (spaghetti-like strands), or kelp that can be added to soup, or kelp noodles that are delicious alternatives to other types of noodles and are perfect with Asian-inspired dishes.

Drink Green Tea

Green Tea contains potent antioxidants known as epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, for short. EGCG helps to protect the kidneys and urinary tract from harmful substances. Ideally, drink three cups of green tea daily.

Take Some Turmeric

Add turmeric to your soups, stews or curries or take a couple of curcumin capsules daily to reap the benefits of turmeric’s natural anti-inflammatory ingredient curcumin. It can help reduce inflammation and free radicals in the kidneys, giving them the support they need to function optimally every day.

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Madison County Monday Miles encourage healthy living

Wampsville, N.Y. — Monday Miles have been popping up around Madison County over the last two years as a way to encourage people who may not have been previously active to begin walking on a marked mile. There are now 12 Monday Miles across Madison County.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., several Monday Miles will have Live Well Committee members and volunteers at the starting point of each Monday Mile for a fun walk. There will also be different activities at some of the Monday Miles. Healthy snacks will be available. When a survey is filled out following the completion of the Monday Mile, participants will have a chance to win a Fit Bit flex, Fitness trackers, Fleet Feet gift certificates and other prizes.

Monday Miles are a part of the Syracuse University Lerner Center Healthy Monday Program, The marked miles are called “Monday Miles” because it has been found most people have a goal of beginning a healthier lifestyle program “on Monday.” Monday Miles are marked one mile walks meant to be used any day of the week. One mile takes an average of 20 minutes to walk and can be a major portion of the recommended 30 minutes of activity per day.

The Madison County Rural Health Council’s Live Well Committee members have collaborated with the Syracuse University Lerner Center to create Monday Miles in rural areas of Madison County, to create community environments for physical activity and to encourage activity in areas where the overweight and obesity rates are the highest. The most recent data shows the prevalence of obesity in Madison County is 29 percent.

Monday Miles are located in:

  • Brookfield: Start at the entrance to Brookfield Town Park
  • Canastota: Start at the intersection of Canal Street and North Main Street
  • Chittenango: Start at the Creek Walk Entrance across the street from the library
  • DeRuyter: Start at the intersection of Railroad Street and Seminary Street
  • DeRuyter: Start at Smith Park off Railroad Street, next to the parking lot
  • Hamilton: Start at the Hamilton Public Library
  • Morrisville: Start at Edward R. Andrews Elementary School
  • New Woodstock: Start at the New Woodstock Free Library
  • Oneida: Start at the Rail Trail on Seneca Street, behind Oneida High School

For more information, visit, like the Rural Health Council of Madison County on Facebook or call 315-447-7625 or 315-454-2108 for more information.

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Eau Claire Heart & Stroke Walk promotes healthy living

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – Getting more Wisconsinites active is one of the goals behind an annual walk.

The 27th Annual Eau Claire Heart and Stroke Walk took place Saturday morning at Carson Park.

Hundreds of walkers organized teams to raise money for heart disease and stroke research.

Cardiovascular disease is America’s leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the American Heart Association.
Saturday’s walk included a one or a three mile course through the park.

Before the walk, two survivors shared their story.

Chris Niles spoke about recovering from a stroke, and Pat Rozeske spoke about recovering from heart surgery.

Rozeske said she thought she had the flu or food poisoning.

“Didn’t have any chest pain. I didn’t have any numbness. I didn’t have dizziness, and I just want to let people know there are other symptoms that can lead you to discover if you have a problem with your heart,” said Pat Rozeske.

WEAU’s Danielle Wagner was the emcee.
The goal is to raise $75,000 for the American Heart Association while inspiring people to live a healthier lifestyle.

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