Calorie Counts to Become Mandatory for Food Chains


By Lydia Patel


By early next year, more than 20 chain restaurants will be required to post calorie counts on their menus. Although the goal is to let consumers know exactly how much food they consume – and hope they make smarter portion choices – unfortunately, recent research shows that eating behaviors may not [...]

Health Spotlight: The Flu Shot


By Lydia Patel


The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are saying that it’s definitely time to get your flu shot! We are just about in the full swing of flu season and taking precautions to prevent the flu is essential. Nearly 60% of the flu cases [...]

Tips to Stay Healthy on a Long Distance Flight!

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By Lydia Patel

It’s fun to venture out and explore new places. But sometimes, the long haul of getting there, sitting down for hours on a plane – not to mention airport security – can be a bit of a pain. Thankfully, there are a few things that can be done to make traveling long [...]

Healthiest Foods for the Fall Season!

By Lydia Patel

It’s the season where foods are definitely of a deep colorful nature. Oranges, deep reds and plums dominate the isles of the supermarkets. In fact, even large coffee chains like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts get in on the fall season with pumpkin infused flavored for their beverages. So what exactly are the [...]

6 Flu-Fighting Foods

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By Kristen M. Leccese

With so many people coming down with the flu this time of year, we’re all trying everything we can to fight off the nasty virus. Of course, getting the flu shot is highly recommended, especially for the elderly, pregnant women, and anyone with compromised immune systems. However, certain foods can also [...]

6 Mood-Boosting Tips to Stay Happy This Winter!


By Kristen M. Leccese

This time of year, many of us get stuck in a mental rut – less sunlight, colder temperatures, and added stress from school, the approaching holidays and more can all contribute to feeling a bit low. You don’t have to suffer through the winter, though. Try some of these mood-boosting tips [...]

Mental Health: Eating Disorders


By Kristen M. Leccese

With regards to Mental Illness Awareness Week, today’s blog is dedicated to raising awareness on a mental illness that’s far more common than many people realize: eating disorders.

Eating disorders affect mostly females between the ages of 12 and 25, although they can occur in other age groups as well as [...]

Health Spotlight: Bloating!


By Lydia Patel


Bloating can be quite an uncomfortable feeling. Puffiness in your mid-section and the lagging feeling that comes along with it might be caused by a variety of factors. Small changes in your gut flora can lead to changes in how your intestines move, as well as the amount and type of [...]

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014

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By Kristen M. Leccese


This week, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) aims to raise awareness about mental health with Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 5th – October 11th).

Most of us automatically think of physical ailments when we hear the word “illness” – however, about 1 in 4 adults in the US [...]

Nutrition & Mental Health: Fruits and Vegetables May Help Boost your Mood


By Kristen M. Leccese

In a recent study, scientists found that your mental health and well-being is directly linked to the amount of fruits and vegetables included in your diet. Using data from 14,000 people aged 16 and older, researchers from the University of Warwick Medical School examined the overall mental wellness and health-related behavior [...]