Tolland Schools Take On Pizza, Potatoes & Childhood Nutrition

Src: The Washington Post

by Renée Canada The recent move of Congress to include tomato paste as a serving of vegetables has drawn harsh criticism from food activists, school nutrition advocates and average citizens concerned about the current state of public health, particularly in children. Perhaps the biggest controversy surrounding the recent release of the agriculture appropriations bill is that the tomato paste used … [Read more...]

Nothing Says Veggie Like a Pizza

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by Renée Canada Few who consumed public school lunches in their distant childhood remember them being models of stellar nutrition, yet there was no pretense that they were. Friendly’s Sundae Cups were sold next to buttery mashed potatoes drenched in artery clogging gravy, wilted string beans and fatty, mystery meatloaf. Many of us played it safe by bringing a bag lunch every day. With the Obama … [Read more...]

Breast Cancer is No Respecter of Age in Women

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by Renée Canada With more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the United States in 2011, it isn't hard to find numerous resources and a great number of women willing to speak about living with this disease. One of those women I interviewed in 2000, Doris Dietart, then 50, surprised me when she told me that she had been living with the disease for more than 28 years. Dietart was 22 when … [Read more...]

The Fragile Promise of Remission

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by Renée Canada Yesterday was such a gorgeous day. The air was no longer swampy and wet, the sun not scorching and unbearable to be in its path. I opened the bedroom window and deeply breathed in that fresh air, enjoying every breath. Part of the joy I was feeling on Wednesday was that it marked four days since I had last experienced a crippling involuntary muscle movement. I was afraid to write … [Read more...]

Where Connecticut Ranks Among Nation's Smoggiest Metro Areas

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

by Renée Canada While the state of Connecticut enjoys many honorable distinctions, one of its latest associations is nothing to brag about. Bridgeport, CT, along with New York, NY and Newark, NJ, makes up the fifth smoggiest metropolitan area in the country to date in 2011, according to a report released Wednesday by Environmental California. The area had among the highest number of smoggy days … [Read more...]

Looking Ahead For the Bright Side of Health

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by Renée Canada Tonight, while brushing my teeth, I slammed down on my derriere for the umpteenth time in the last year. My head fell back until I was laying flat on my back, eyes closing as I temporarily lost consciousness. When I came to, I crawled back to my room. Each movement hurt, as I swayed unsteadily, my knees, back and ribs aching from previous falls and my consciousness once again … [Read more...]

What You Don't Know About Food Can Sometimes Hurt Ya

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by Renée Canada Yesterday I got that annoying, telltale reaction that tells me something’s off in my body: a rough rash and puffy sensation around my lips. I remember commenting on it but just chalking it up to my body’s reaction to decreasing my dose of prednisone again. Over the last several weeks as I’ve been weaning myself off the medication, I’ve been having infections and odd reactions in … [Read more...]

This Breakfast of Champions Packs a Healthy Punch

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by Renée Canada For the last 10 years, I have woken up to a bowl of oatmeal each morning. Before you start groaning—I know some of you are imagining a food that feels (and tastes) like gluey gruel from the moment it enters it your mouth until the time it settles like a brick in your digestive tract. However, let me reassure you that this is no ordinary bowl of oatmeal. First, I begin by chopping … [Read more...]

Celebrate Local Farmers and Fresh Produce with Farmers Market Week

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by Renée Canada One of the joys of summer is the ability to enjoy farm-fresh produce and goods, from strawberries and blueberries to eggs, herbs, honey and grass-fed beef. Across the country, farmers are increasingly congregating to bring the harvest of the season to local residents in their communities. In celebration, United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack proclaimed this week, … [Read more...]

The Cushion at the Bottom of the Stairs

Falling Down the Stairs to Save Time - Sam Brown

by Renée Canada Yesterday was the toughest day I've had in quite a while. I suppose I couldn't expect that recent reprieve to be anything more than temporary. One could hope with all that they have, and even begin to believe. I know I did. In addition to the itching and burning of the conjunctivitis (pink eye) in both eyes that refuses to go away, the discomfort of the styes and other … [Read more...]