Florida's South Lake Hospital Foundation is plowing ground for an organic garden and seeking sponsors to purchase plots for their own use or to donate food to neighbors, food banks or other groups. Horticulturists and gardeners will provide classes on organic gardening and nutrition experts will offer cooking demonstrations on using the produce in recipes.
Walking up and down stairs for 10 minutes can burn almost 100 calories, and adding weights will help burn even more, says personal trainer Donna Wilczek. She says finding ways to do exercise around the house -- including leg lifts and squats, as well as putting away groceries -- can shed 700 calories per day, which could help a person lose 1 pound per week.
Overweight and obese women who took daily supplements of vitamin D-3 for 12 weeks showed significant reductions in fat mass and increased levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, compared with a decrease in those who took a placebo, a study found. Low-density lipoprotein levels showed similar results in both groups, but the "bad" LDL cholesterol in the vitamin D group appeared to be "less atherogenic" than that in the placebo group, researchers reported in the British Journal of Nutrition.
While olive oil may be the most popular choice when choosing an oil in the kitchen, chefs looking to add unique flavor to dishes should reach for sesame oil. Use it raw to let the smoky, nutty flavor come through in a stir-fry or as a marinade for steak.
Wary cooks have been willing to buy prepared Asian stir-fry sauces rather than follow a recipe. However, Asian sauces are simple to whisk together, and making them allows for control of sodium and sugar content, this article from The Baltimore Sun explains.