February 14, 2019

The Gluten-Free Diet - medical treatment for some, fad diet for others. What exactly is gluten, and how does it affect our bodies?

Gluten is mixture of proteins found in wheat, barley, and rye. Several grain products, such as pastas, breads, and baked goods, contain gluten and gluten derivatives. Gluten may also be “hiding” in sauces, soups, and processed...

February 13, 2019

     No doubt you have likely heard the term GMO, but what does that really mean?  A GMO, or genetically modified organism, is an organism that has had its genetic material altered, or modified in some way, through genetic engineering.  Typically GMOs are created when an organism has its DNA altered by inserting the DNA from another host or organism, such...

What an AMAZING and INSPIRING presentation on leadership by Nancy Rice at the SAND meeting today! She discussed many topics including what leadership is, attributes of a leader, tips for being a leader, and team building!


The ability to influence others, with or without authority, and get things done.

The "big three" in terms of leadership, toget...

February 13, 2019

Did You Know?

Functional Foods Defined*

We’ve heard the terms organic, clean label and natural. But what about “functional”? Functional foods have become an increasingly popular term, but what does is it mean? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics defines functional foods as, “whole foods along with fortified, enriched or enhanced foods that have a potenti...

Glucose, coconut sugar, high fructose corn syrup – sugar is sugar, right? Not exactly! Not all sugar is created equal, and not all sugar is bad. What are the different forms of sugar and how do they affect our bodies?

Despite being one of the most demonized foods, sugar actually plays a critical role in ensuring optimal bodily function. All carbohydrates a...

What is that label on the back of food products and what is it telling you? How can you utilize this information and better understand it?

The nutrition label is placed on the back of food to give you an overview of the product that you are about to consume and what it contains. In recent years the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made some changes to th...

February 13, 2019

The flexitarian diet, also known as semi-vegetarianism, is defined as vegetarianism with the occasional consumption of meat and/or fish (Derbyshire, 2017).  This “diet” has been gaining traction over the years as a way to decrease meat consumption in an effort to improve overall health. Individuals following this diet typically limit meat intake to less t...

Protein – what is it, why do we need it, and how much do I need?

Proteins are made up of smaller units called amino acids which are linked to one another in long chains. Proteins play many critical roles in the body including their function as building blocks for bones, cartilage, skin, and blood. All foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas,...

February 13, 2019

Considering the large portion of the student body that's involved in extra curricular activities, we noticed the untapped opportunity to start an After School Snack Program in Garfield Heights.

Think about it - if you're in the first lunch period (which starts at 10:09am if you're at the high school), and you have to stay for 2 hours after school for baske...

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