Thursday, June 8, 2023

June, Migraine & Headache Awareness Month
Headaches and the Food Connection

Elaine Magee, RDN, lists Ten Food Steps to Free Yourself from Headaches. Some tell you what to avoid and others tell you what may help.
  • Keep a headache and diet diary.
  • Avoid skipping meals. Eat when you're hungry, and stop when you're comfortable.
  • Limit caffeine to a moderate and consistent amount daily or eliminate it completely.
  • Avoid eating a high-fat diet.
  • Switch to plant and fish sources of omega-3s when possible.
  • Find out if NutraSweet is not so sweet for your headaches.
  • Limit tyramine-containing foods if you appear to be sensitive. (Link to a Low Tyramine Headache Diet from the National Headache Foundation
  • Avoid certain additives if sensitive (MSG, nitrate/nitrite).
  • Beware of certain dehydrating beverages - those containing alcohol and caffeine. Stay hydrated as much as possible.
  • Work a couple of magnesium-rich foods into your day if you have hormonal headaches. Examples of magnesium-rich foods: Almonds, whole-grain bagel, barley, black beans, black-eyed peas, bran cereal with raisins, Brazil nuts, 100% whole-grain bread, brown rice, bulgur, cashews, and Wheat Chex

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Celebrate World Oceans Day

June 8th is World Oceans Day

The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network have helped coordinate events and activities throughout the world. In December 2008, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution making World Oceans Day officially recognized by the UN on June 8th each year.

Nearly three-quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water. The oceans have played a crucial role in the history and sustenance of all life.

“Together let’s ensure oceans can sustain us into the future. Let us reflect on the multiple benefits of the oceans. Let us commit to keep them healthy and productive and to use their resources peacefully, equitable, and sustainable for the benefit of current and future generations.”      -Ban Ki-moon

From the Ocean Project: 

The World's Oceans...
*Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
*Helps feed us
*Regulates our climate

Celebrate World Oceans Day

Why the Ocean?

Goals of World Oceans Day

World Ocean Day encourages us to reach out to young people in our community and help inspire them. Discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.

Celebrate - whether you live inland or on the coast, we are all connected to the ocean; take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our world ocean.

It's up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is protected and conserved for future generations. Please don't just leave memories of the wonders of the Oceans for our children and grandchildren.

Explore to learn more about the amazing places and critters
in the world's ocean habitats.

1. The oceans occupy nearly 71% of our planet's surface.
2. More than 97% of our entire planet's water is contained in the ocean. 
3. Fish supply the greatest percentage of the world's protein consumed by humans. More than 3.5 billion people depend on the ocean for their primary source of food. In 20 years, this number could double to 7 billion. 
4. Each year, some 70 to 75 million tons of fish are caught in the ocean. Of this amount, around 29 million tons are for human consumption. 
5. Eighty percent of all pollution in seas and oceans comes from land-based activities.
6. Death and disease caused by polluted coastal waters cost the global economy $12.8 billion (US) a year. 
7. Plastic waste kills up to 1 million seabirds, 100,000 sea mammals, and countless fish each year. Plastic remains in our ecosystem for years, harming thousands of sea life every day. 
8. Over the past decade, an average of 600,000 barrels of oil a year has been accidentally spilled from ships, the equivalent of 12 disasters the size of the sinking of the oil tanker Prestige in 2002. 
9. Although coral reefs comprise less than 0.5 percent of the ocean floor, it is estimated that more than 90 percent of marine species are directly or indirectly dependent on them. 
10. Species of fish endangered by overfishing are tuna, salmon, haddock, halibut, and cod.

Recipe: Crabmeat on Pita

1. Ocean Conservancy
2. World Ocean Day

June 7, Chocolate Ice Cream Day
Scoop Size Matters

Chocolate Ice Cream
Which one to choose?
What meets your needs and taste?
Test the Brands, Read the Portion Size,
Check the Calories and Fat.
Make an Educated Choice.
Scoop Size Matters

How to choose a healthier ice cream
with Heidi Diller, Registered Dietitian

"How to choose healthier ice cream"
Cynthia Sass, MPH, MA, RD, CSSD

World Food Safety Day

World Food Safety Day is an initiative developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) who manage a Joint Food Standards Programme, the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) supports U.S.-based health and food safety educators with resources to promote World Food Safety Day in their communities. 

Monday, June 5, 2023

June 6, First Drive-in Movie Theater Opens - The Concession Stand

On June 6, 1933, motorists parked their automobiles on the grounds of Park-In Theaters, the first-ever drive-in movie theater, located on Crescent Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey. 

With the opening of the Drive-In movie theater came the concession stands. Let's take a look back in time at the advertisements for the foods served.

June 5, United Nations World Environment Day

Small Changes Make a Big Difference

World Environment Day (WED) is a day that stimulates awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and public action. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. World Environment Day is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme.

Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2023...

Is a reminder that people’s actions on plastic pollution matter. The steps governments and businesses are taking to tackle plastic pollution are the consequence of this action.

It is time to accelerate this action and transition to a circular economy.

It is time to #BeatPlasticPollution.

WED Mission: To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

"Remember it is people that propel social progress, develop science and technology, and, through their hard work, continuously transform the human environment. We are both creature and moulder of our environment."

These words are spoken directly from the 1972 Declaration on the Human Environment, which was adopted by the #UnitedNations Conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm, 16 June 1972.

Friday, June 2, 2023

National Egg Day - Nutrition, Recipes, and Food Safety

The history of National Egg Day was said to be related to a poultry plague occurring around 45 A.D. When the poultry and eggs were proved to be safe the emperor issued a royal proclamation to the Roman people dedicating the third day of June as the Holy Roman Day of Eggs.

Vegetable Cheese Egg White Omelet

Egg Whites filled with Diced Tomatoes,
Zucchini and Feta Cheese

1 Egg White, cut in half
1/2 cup Diced Tomatoes
1/3 cup Diced Zucchini
1/3 ounce Feta Cheese

Let's Talk about Safely Handling
and Preparing Eggs

Thursday, June 1, 2023

June 2, MyPlate Birthday

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. This means:

  • Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition.

  • Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.

  • Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles.

  • Support healthy eating for everyone.

Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health.

MyPlate was launched on June 2, 2011.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

June is National Dairy Month

Every Age Needs the Nutrients Found in Dairy

A Tribute to the Dairy Industry:

From the Cow and the Farmer to Your Kitchen Table.

Milk, cheese, and yogurt play a critical role in the diets of adults and children by providing essential nutrients. Drinking one cup of milk can help you meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ recommended three servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or milk products per day.

One cup (8-ounce) serving of milk provides the following nutrients: (Information based on one cup fat-free white milk)

Calcium provides 30% of the Daily Value. Calcium helps build and maintain bones and teeth. It plays a role in nerve function, muscle contraction, and blood clotting.

Vitamin D provides about 25% of the Daily Value. Vitamin D helps promote the absorption of calcium and enhances bone mineralization.

Protein provides about 16% of the Daily Value and all of the essential amino acids. Protein builds and repairs muscle tissue and is a source of energy during intense physical activities.

Vitamin B12 provides about 22% of the Daily Value. Vitamin B12 helps build red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to the muscles.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), provides about 26% of the Daily Value. Riboflavin helps convert food into energy. It is also involved in exercising muscles.

Phosphorus provides about 25% of the Daily Value. Phosphorus helps strengthen bones.

Easy to Prepare Snacks

National Dairy Council

The National Dairy Council provides user-friendly nutrition education materials. They are advocates for healthy living and committed to our communities and health care needs. 

National Dairy Council® (NDC) is the nutrition research, education and communications arm of Dairy Management Inc™. On behalf of U.S. dairy farmers, NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier society, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers, and media.

Established in 1915, NDC is comprised of a staff of nutrition science researchers, registered dietitians and communications experts dedicated to educating the public on the health benefits of consuming milk and milk products throughout a person’s lifespan. In addition, NDC funds independent research to aid in the ongoing discovery of information about dairy foods’ important role in a healthy lifestyle. This research provides insights to the industry for new dairy product innovations.

In partnership with its network of state and regional dairy councils, NDC disseminates nutrition programs, materials and research to support government recommendations for improved nutrition for Americans, including consumption of at least three servings of low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products a day.

3-Every-Day™, a Dairy Promotion. Consuming 3-Every-Day™ of Dairy – three daily servings of milk, cheese, or yogurt is an easy way for families to get a powerful punch of nutrients to help build stronger bones and healthy bodies and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. In addition, a growing body of research suggests that enjoying three servings of dairy foods a day as part of a nutrient-rich, balanced diet may help maintain a healthy weight.

American Dairy Association of Indiana's
 Every Single Day TV Spot.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council (NDC) and National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) and achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Visit the Fuel Up to Play 60 website to learn more.

Lactose Intolerance.
National Dairy Council, Lactose Intolerance 

 Celebrating America's Dairy Industry

Messages from the Dairy Councils and Associations
American Dairy Farmers, 1990’s

Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council

Sponsored by the American Dairy Farmers

Tribute to the Dairy Advertisers.

I’m not sure who gets the credit for the Cow Tap Dancing,
but the Message is Milk gets you swinging again.

National Senior Health and Fitness Day - "Life is Better in Motion"

Celebrate the annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day. The goal is to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. National Senior Health and Fitness Day is the nation's largest annual health promotion event for older adults. 

Benefits of Getting Older

Global Aging

Shopping and nutrition tips
for senior citizens

from Elisa Zeid, MS, RD


Monday, May 29, 2023

Memorial Day Traditions and Safety

Memorial Day Weekend Food Safety

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.  Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials of soldiers who lost their lives protecting our freedoms.  On Memorial Day the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. At 3 p.m. local time, a national moment of remembrance takes place.

Memorial Day often marks the start of the summer vacation season. Families gather together for a long weekend marked by barbecuing, fireworks, and trips to the beach. This is an important time to remember food safety practices.

USDA Joins Grill Sergeants For Safe BBQ Advice

Saturday, May 27, 2023

National Hamburger Day
Fast Foods, Varieties, Recipes and Safety

The Burger has many variations. The article looks at the nutrition information of Fast Food Burgers, varieties,  recipes, and food safety.

The Fast Food Burger
Burger Love Handles is a song written by Don MacLeod about his personal battle with being overweight. The song focuses on the fast-food burger as one of his difficulties in losing weight.

Many fast food items are high in Fat, Cholesterol, Saturated Fat, and Sodium and are Risk Factors associated with Heart Disease. However, the informed customer can make healthier choices at fast-food restaurants. Below is the nutrition information of some Fast Food Hamburgers. Calories range from 140 for a White Castle Slyder to 1061 calories for a Burger King Cheeseburger, Double Whopper.

Burger Variations
The variations of burgers are constantly changing and expanding to meet our personal preferences, cultural differences, and/or nutritional needs.

A burger is not just a ground beef patty served on a bun with numerous extras, such as tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, onions, jalapeno, cheese, ketchup, mayo, mustard, relish - the list is endless. Today, you can prepare or order a burger made from just about any food you can ground up and serve on a bun.

Some of the ground beef alternatives include:

In addition, to the variations listed above, there are numerous variations based on the percent of fat in ground beef and ground poultry.

Recipes using Alternatives to Ground Beef
Click the recipe title to obtain a copy of the recipe.

Black Bean Burgers. courtesy Sandra Lee from Sandra's Money Saving Meals. This recipe is 302 Calories and 5 g Fat

Stuffed Turkey Burgers, Ellie Krieger, Show: Food Network Specials Episode. Calories 286 and 10 grams Fat.

Food Safety
Memorial Day is quickly approaching and many Americans will be using the Barbecue to prepare their favorite Burgers. It is extremely important to practice good food safety techniques.

US Dept of Agriculture experts are sharing advice
on food safety for barbecuing with
chefs from the US Army's "Grill Sergeants"

Friday, May 26, 2023

Cherry Dessert Day - Celebrate Cherries and the Health Benefits

About seventy percent of the cherries produced in the United States come from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Utah. There are two main types of cherries: sweet and sour. Sour cherries are lower in calories and higher in vitamin C and beta-carotene than sweet cherries.

From Tree to Table

Select firm, red cherries with stems attached. Avoid soft, shriveled, or blemished cherries. Good cherries should be large (one inch or more in diameter), glossy, plump, hard, and dark-colored for their variety. Avoid fruit that is bruised or has cuts on the dark surface.

How to Store
Refrigerate cherries for up to 10 days.

Nutrition Benefits
Fat-free; saturated fat-free; sodium free; cholesterol free; good source of vitamin C; good source of potassium.

Health Benefits

Sweet cherries have several cancer-preventive components including fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids, and anthocyanins. The potential role of sweet cherries in cancer prevention lies mostly in the anthocyanin content, especially in cyanidin. Sweet cherries are a good source of cyanidins, which appear to act as an antioxidant and may reduce cancer risk.

Cardiovascular Disease
Sweet cherries have been shown to have significant levels of anthocyanins as well as other pigments in perhaps smaller concentrations that together provide synergistic effects thought to be protective to heart and related vascular tissue

Researchers are interested in the role of anthocyanins in reducing insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. The lower glycemic response shown in relation to cherry consumption may be the result of glucose-lowering effects of cherry phytochemicals in combination with the fiber content of cherries.

Sweet cherries are considered a good source of dietary potassium, with approximately 260 mg potassium for every cup of fresh cherries consumed. Adequate potassium intake has shown to reduce the risk for hypertension and stroke.

Sweet cherries also contain a small amount of quercetin. Quercetin is an antioxidant which may play a beneficial role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and cancer.

Cherries are one plant food source of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that plays a role in promoting healthy sleep patterns.

Ease muscle soreness
Researchers believe tart cherries’ antioxidants protect against exercise-induced free radicals, which can lead to painful inflammation.

Cherries may help reduce the swelling, inflammation, and tenderness associated with gout. Research reveals eating about 2 cups fresh sweet Bing cherries daily lowered uric acid levels by 15%.


1. Health, Health Benefits of Cherries
2. Better Homes and Gardens, Healthy Cherry Recipes
3. The Greatest Table: 5 Healthy Cherry Recipes from Around the Web

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