52 Weeks of Public Health: Sticking to a healthy diet can be challenging during the holidays, some tips

Eating healthy and sticking to your diet can be especially challenging around the holidays. The Kentucky Department for Public Health is offering some unique tips to help you enjoy all the holiday festivities while maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet. During your meal planning and preparation, choose recipes that can be easily made in bulk. These leftovers make great options for weekday lunches...

Chef Foster: Changing our habits key to eating healthier foods, improving our diets — give it a try

It is a constant struggle I know, between what we want and what we need. I’m not talking mainstream concepts, ideas or trends, but the choices we make when we sit down, (or stand, or drive) to eat. I am after all a chef, and while I may have opinions on other more worldly and important topics, I understand that food and its impact on us is my utmost concern. At this point in my career, both at...

Eating Healthy: When you hit the grocery store, try shopping like you’re a cardiologist

By Susan Smyth Special to KyForward Many of us vowed to eat more healthfully in the new year but don’t know how to begin. Here are some grocery store guidelines to reduce the amount of dietary fat, sugar and salt that is associated with a higher risk for obesity, heart attack, diabetes and other diseases. Make your meal healthier by substituting foods with lots of color from natural sources...

Lauze Volk: Try these five tips to savor the tastes of the holiday season without overindulging

By Lauze R. Volk Special to KyForward A cookie here, a piece of cake there and eggnog and wine to wash it down … the holiday season can easily lead to overindulging. There are simple things you can do to enjoy every bite of holiday goodness without putting on the pounds. Here are five tips for savoring without overdoing it: — Drinking a glass or two of water before parties and big meals to...

Mindless eating habits should be replaced by more contemplative approach to improve health

By Geza Bruckner Special to KyForward Have you ever raised and butchered a chicken or a pig or do you get all your meats in nicely sanitized vacuum packed containers? In the process of nurturing our bodies and nurturing our souls, many of us have lost self-balance, hence our obesity epidemic. We have become detached and unaware of our present moment, of our presence in our environment, of our inter-presence....

Several Kentucky counties get funds to fight obesity and inactivity; $54,000 made available by CDC

Multiple counties across the state have been awarded federally funded grants from the state Department for Public Health to help fight obesity and inactivity in their communities, according to a DPH news release. “To build a healthier state, Kentuckians must have access to healthy food and exercise,” DPH Commissioner Dr. Stephanie Mayfield said in the release. “A healthy lifestyle starts with...