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  • School districts move to from-scratch cooking

    The aromas of herbed baked chicken and cheesy macaroni wafted through the air. While a few cooks clad in white coats busily stocked a salad bar and set up a …


  • Sloppy Joes get kid-friendly, healthy makeover

    Steering your kids away from unhealthy foods can be tricky. “Eat This, Not That! For Kids” can help parents lure their children away from the most calorie- and fat-laden foods …


  • Find a wealth of protein in plant world

    When you cut meat, eggs and dairy from your diet, you’re cutting easy sources of complete protein. But there’s plenty of protein to be found in the plant world, said …


  • Alternative energy

    “Ultrarunners take off at sunrise and continue through sunset, moonrise, and another sunrise, sunset, and moonrise. Sometimes we stumble from exhaustion and double over with pain, while other times we …


  • Demand in northeast has filled garden plots – again

    The Northeast Community Garden opened in 1997 on a vacant lot next to the Northeast Community Center. It quickly became so popular it ran out of space and had to …


  • Iron overload disease a big challenge

    Coady Coughlin had no energy to care. “I felt tired all the time,” the 20-year-old Normal man recalled of a good portion of his late-teen years. “I couldn’t do anything. …


  • It’s not just how much, but what you’re eating

    A calorie is a calorie is a calorie – or is it? Maybe not, a small study has found. Once the pounds are shed, the proportions of carbohydrates, proteins and …


  • Geneticists find reason for store tomatoes’ flavor loss

    Scientists have caught the culprit behind those tasteless tomatoes that sink your salsa, toughen your tart and rattle your ratatouille. Turns out, tomato growers’ best intentions over decades are to …


  • Krispy Kreme makes comeback in U.S.

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Krispy Kreme, after years of financial losses and store closures, is once again expanding, with up to 25 new stores proposed nationwide through the end of next …


  • FDA clears first new weight-loss pill in 13 years

    The Food and Drug Administration has approved Arena Pharmaceutical’s anti-obesity pill Belviq, the first new prescription drug for long-term weight loss to enter the U.S. market in over a decade.


  • Doctors urged to screen for obesity

    WASHINGTON – Chances are you know your blood pressure. What about your BMI? Body mass index signals if you’re overweight, obese or just right considering your height. Some doctors have …


  • Study links blood pressure drug with condition that mimics celiac disease

    MINNEAPOLIS — It was a patient who first made the connection. He noticed that his bouts of nausea and vomiting disappeared when he was taken off his blood pressure pill …


  • College students’ weighty choices bring obesity to forefront

    Control over their life choices is part of the college experience for students. But that authority is not without cost: Schedules are jammed and in-flux; exercise, homework and friends all …


  • East Central Community Garden entering fourth season

    There’s a bright purple bunch of blooming chives in the middle of East Central Community Garden. Raspberries climb the chain-link fence and on this Friday volunteers are putting woodchips down …


  • Community gardens grow in number, variety

    Over the past five years, community gardens have really taken off in Spokane County. Today there are more than 20, and more are being added every year. There is no …


  • Wash. state may change fish consumption estimate

    The Ecology Department wants to raise the estimate of the amount of fish Washington residents eat as a way to improve water quality standards and to protect fish eaters from …


  • E. coli in drinking water at Lake CDA campground

    E. coli bacteria has been discovered in the drinking water supply at the Forest Service’s Bell Bay Campground, which is four miles north of Harrison on Lake Coeur d’Alene.


  • Yellow spice eases psoriasis, but causes rash

    Q. I’ve been taking turmeric for psoriatic arthritis, and it has made my hands dry and my fingertips split. I have been taking two pills a day. I have noticed …


  • Eating habits can lead to some fatigue

    DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m in good health and I’ve been sleeping well. But I’m tired all the time. Could my food choices be causing this lethargy? DEAR READER: Most of …


  • Health benefits helping rekindle interest in organic gardening

    When Laurie Garretson’s son was diagnosed with leukemia nearly 40 years ago, doctors told her that he wouldn’t see his third birthday. As a loving mother, she wasn’t going to …


  • Couples trying to conceive advised to get healthy, learn to relax

    When couples decide to conceive, health is often a big concern, though not one most young couples think they need to worry about.


  • Doug Clark: Sugar bad for health, good for defense readiness

    If you watched “60 Minutes” Sunday night, then you know that sugar has joined the ranks of red meat, coffee, cigarettes and other foods that should be shunned like adulterers …


  • Plump passengers prompt change on Washington ferries

    The Washington state ferry service will never say, “Not so fast, fatso,” but it has had to reduce the capacity of the nation’s largest ferry system because passengers have been …


  • Subway’s Jared gives the skinny on good health

    Jared Fogle, the man who famously lost weight with exercise and Subway sandwiches, spends about 100 days per year traveling to elementary schools around the country to deliver his message …


  • Study: Healthy eating means spending more at store

    A healthy diet is expensive and could make it difficult for Americans to meet new U.S. nutritional guidelines, according to a study published today that says the government should do …


  • Data: U.S. obesity rate high, but not rising

    Raise a glass of diet soda, the nation’s obesity rate seems to have leveled off. But more than two-thirds of adults and almost a third of children are overweight, and …


  • Calorie proposal gains fans

    WASHINGTON – Calorie counts for every pizza, blueberry muffin, chef’s salad or anything else that comes from many chain restaurants and vending machines would be instantly available to consumers, thanks …


  • Calorie counts can’t be trusted

    Dieters can’t believe everything they read: The food at many popular chain restaurants and in the freezer section of the supermarket may contain a lot more calories than advertised. A …


  • Joy to the scales

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, when it’s oh-so-easy to begin to look a lot like Santa Claus. Sweet temptations are everywhere. The office, in particular, can be …


  • Web sites map diet plans

    The road to diet hell is paved with books, all by authors firmly convinced of the inarguable perfection of their own eating plans. And although detailed, customized menus may not …

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