Health & Nutrition Resources

Love and Health


By Dawna Bennett, MS, RD, CDN Love comes in many forms: the love between friends, spouses, partners, relatives, and even between pets and their owners can be transformative and can actually improve your health physically and emotionally. Love reduces stress, boosts immunity, reduces pain, and extends your life. And, believe it or not, your gut… Read more »

Diabetes Resources in WNY


Have you been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes? You are not alone. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 29.1 million people, or 9.3 percent of the United States population, have diabetes. In those aged 65 and older, the percentage affected by diabetes rises to 25.9 percent. Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes, which puts… Read more »

Women and Heart Disease


By Nicki Goben, MS, RD, CDN We’ve all seen that dramatic scene of a man in a movie suffering from a heart attack clutching his arm or chest and falling to the floor. However, we rarely see such a scene involving women. But did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of… Read more »

January is Thyroid Awareness Month


By Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN Thyroid disorders effect nearly 200 million people worldwide. The thyroid is a small endocrine gland that is located at the base of the neck. Many people do not realize how important the thyroid gland is to normal body function, but it makes vital hormones that are secreted into the blood… Read more »

Folic Acid Awareness


By: Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN The second week of January is Folic Acid Awareness Week. Many people have heard of the importance of folic acid for women of childbearing age, as adequate amounts have been shown to reduce the risk of the development of birth defects in early pregnancy. But folic acid is important for… Read more »

Mindful Holiday Eating


Holiday Dinner Table

By Dawna Bennett, MS, RD, CDN It’s the holiday season and with countless parties and family gatherings, it is easy to overindulge on tempting food and adult beverages. But it is possible to enjoy the holidays and special treats while still maintaining control. The best bet to overcome these delicious temptations is to prepare yourself… Read more »

Let’s Talk Turkey: Preparing a Safe Holiday Feast


Nicole Goben, MS, RD, CDN Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones and enjoy each other’s company alongside a great meal. But what if all that fun and merriment turns to misery if you or your guests get sick? Luckily, by following some simple food safety rules you can ensure a safe meal… Read more »

Diabetes: Don’t Sugar Coat It


Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN One of the leading causes of disability and death is diabetes, a disease in which the body does not produce or use insulin properly. Our bodies need insulin to use glucose (sugar) as an energy source for the cells in the body. Insulin is made in the pancreas; if you have… Read more »

Reduce Your Risk – Tips for Cancer Prevention


Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN October is National Breast Cancer and Liver Cancer awareness month. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), over one million people in the US are diagnosed with cancer every year. Research has shown that there are both genetic and environmental risk factors for developing cancer. Although there is no way to… Read more »

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