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Eat Smart for Your Heart

by Tracy Ternes

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared February as American Heart Month in order to increase awareness and research of heart disease. That same year, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report about the health risks of smoking, a key risk factor of heart disease.1  These actions combined marked a turning point in the fight against this widespread condition and, in years since, rates of cardiovascular disease have steadily declined.

Become a Healthier Version of Yourself in 2016!

by Tandis Bishop, RD, LD

New Year, new start, new you! No matter how cliché the slogans are, the New Year really is a chance to start fresh and a perfect time to reevaluate your life and your habits, and commit to reaching better health and making positive changes. If you are among the countless number of Americans desiring to get healthier in the coming year, we want to support you by encouraging you to make improvements in your overall lifestyle.

The Perfect Crowd-pleasing Dish for Your Holiday Table!

by Tracy Ternes

The holiday season is still going strong and we hope you are still smiling and relishing all the delight that this time of year brings. If you haven’t had a chance to try our awesome Tofu Turkey recipe, you owe it to yourself to watch the video and give it a try. This recipe is such a crowd pleaser for all ages and appetites and can be adjusted for gluten-free diets as well. It’s simple, fun and fantastic with gravy!

Tasty Dishes and Fun Ideas for Your Holiday Table

by Tracy Ternes

The holiday season has arrived, and, for many, it lends itself to an abundance of joyful gatherings, bringing together family and friends to celebrate the many gifts of life. We hope you enter into the holiday season with a light heart and a positive attitude. With that in mind, here are some great recipes and decorating ideas to help you relax, have a good time and enjoy those moments in life that you truly want to celebrate.

Good News for the Fight against Childhood Obesity

by Tandis Bishop, RDN

Childhood obesity affects everyone on a national and global scale. One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Aside from the short and long term health effects, this growing epidemic has significant medical costs and social consequences.1 Most strategies to fight childhood obesity look at removing things – for example taking out empty-calorie foods such as sugary drinks and refined grains from school vending machines and lunches.

Have a Relaxing, Stress-free Summer

by Tandis Bishop, RDN

We all look forward to a little rest and relaxation from our demanding, sped-up lives. Although most of us will be working during the summer, there are ways to de-stress and rejuvenate to keep us balanced and happy.

1. Enjoy your “Hawaii time.” Lucky for us, we can truly take advantage of our “Hawaii time” motto and remember to slow down. Embrace a carefree spirit when not at work. Don’t feel rushed to be everywhere and do everything you need to do. Summertime is a great excuse to go into vacation mode and unwind.

The Nation’s Water Crisis is on Our Plates

by Tandis Bishop, RDN

Recent news about the California water crisis and the Ogallala aquifer depletion is yet another wakeup call for us as consumers to consider the sustainability of our eating habits. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the groundwater at some of the world’s largest aquifers in the U.S. High Plains, California’s Central Valley, and elsewhere is being pumped out “at far greater rates than it can be naturally replenished.” In fact, a NASA scientist warns that California may have just one year's worth of water left.

Planning a Healthy Summer for You and for Your Family

by Tandis Bishop, RDN

As the school year is coming to an end, it’s a good time to begin creating plans for a healthy summer. Summer is an easy time to fall off the health-wagon, but maintaining healthy habits and even creating new ones is best for long-term health and wellness for you and your family. Today, in Hawai'i, 57 percent of adults are overweight or obese, as are almost 1 in 3 children entering kindergarten.i Alongside this is the concern for childhood Type 2 Diabetes, as researchers suspect increases in obesity among young people is driving the new epidemic.

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