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How do you sleep at night?

By Laura Keiley, RN Quality sleep, and enough of it, is essential for good physical and mental health. Good sleep is as important to our health as a nutritious diet and regular exercise. Adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you have trouble sleeping, there are things you can do to […]

Bananas About Ice Cream!

By Cristina F. Toscano, RD Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and Vitamin B6, both of which are linked to cardiovascular health. They are a good source of Vitamin C, an important antioxidant that helps increase the body’s absorption of iron and may play a role in the immune function. Eating bananas can also […]

FHW Podcasts

Until we resume our in-person, interactive parent education programs, the educators of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Family Health and Wellness program encourage you to check out our website, http://ccesuffolk.org/family-health-and-wellness where our blogs and podcasts (entitled Parenting Tips) are posted. They deal with a variety of important family concerns. Discover lots of helpful information on our Human […]

Spaghetti Squash Recipe

By Tiffany Pendle Spaghetti squash is a large oval squash that, when cooked, forms spaghetti-like strands. It has gained popularity in recent years as a lower carbohydrate substitute for regular grain-based pasta. The texture, once cooked, is soft with a slight crunch. It may not taste exactly like spaghetti, but it’s delicious and pairs well […]

Spotting Sneaky Sugar

By Cristina F. Toscano, RD What do tomato sauce, yogurt, cereal, ketchup, soup, and even protein bars have in common? They are all examples of foods that often contain large amounts of added sugar. In fact, sugar is added to a whopping 74% of packaged foods sold in supermarkets. We know that excess sugar intake […]

Healthy Fats

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN One component of a heart healthy diet is healthy/good fats. When thinking of fats, we think of foods that are not good for us. In fact, about 20-35% of our calories should come from fat. There are good fats and bad fats. We should consume good fats, also known […]

Limit Your Sodium Intake When Eating Out

  By Tiffany Pendle Restaurant food often contains a high amount of sodium. In fact, over 75% of the sodium we eat comes from processed foods such as cheese, pizza, deli meats, sauces, and soups. All of these foods are often offered in restaurants, fast food chains, and in take-out food establishments. It is ideal […]

Vegetarian Diet and Type 2 Diabetes

By Cristina F. Toscano, RD Vegetarian diets are rising in popularity. More people are choosing to not eat meat for environmental, ethical, and health related reasons. The American Diabetes Association links vegetarian diets with A1C reduction and weight loss. Anytime you eliminate a food group, especially when you have a pre-existing health condition, you need […]

Fiber Consumption and its Benefits

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN Dietary fiber is the material from plant cells that cannot be broken down during digestion. There are two types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers absorb water during digestion, while insoluble fibers remain unchanged during digestion. Soluble fibers include fruits, vegetables, legumes, barley, oats, and oat […]

Fresh, Frozen and Canned OH MY!

By Christina Di Lieto Celebrate the start of a new season by cooking new recipes found on the internet. Full of enthusiasm, you rush to the local grocery store to buy the ingredients. Many times recipes don’t mention whether fruit and vegetable ingredients should be fresh, frozen, or canned, and suddenly your head starts to […]

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