People, including chefs, have their own definition of what they think farm-to-table means. Sometimes called farm-to-fork, the phrase is used to refer to the various processes in the food train from agricultural production to consumption. In layman’s terms, it’s how we get the food we eat, without it being processed or chemically enhanced, to our table. Over the last few years, farm-to-t [...]

A. Most of us don’t get the recommended amount of fiber in our diets each day: 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. Good sources of fiber come from fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, whole grains and nuts and seeds. Here are some ways to add more fiber to each meal: 1. Breakfast – Add 1/2 cup of raspberries, strawberries or blueberries to your cereal [...]

Why do we have heart attacks? Each year, more than 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack. A heart attack usually happens as a result of underlying heart disease. Heart disease is a chronic condition that is the leading cause of death for both men and women [...]

A bronze tree stands tall in a hospital lobby in North Carolina. Overhead a spotlight beams down to illuminate tiny metal leaves bearing engravings of people’s names. One of those is my dad’s: Mike Roberts He was only 60 years old. On October 16, 2013, he fell in the yard, hitting his head on a nearby rock. The next day my mom, sister, and I were being asked to donate his kidney [...]

Did you know that about 70 million adults in the United States—1 in 3 adults—is currently living with high blood pressure? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with high blood pressure are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease compared with those with normal blood pressure. In fact, almost 1,000 deaths every day [...]

Information on Zika Virus

Posted on Feb 4th 2016 by Paul Kluding

Chances are you have heard about Zika virus in the news in recent weeks. The World Health Organization has declared Zika a public health emergency because of its potential link to serious birth defects in babies. Zika virus is spread most commonly through mosquito bites, and potentially through sexual contact. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red [...]

The Art of Health

Posted on Feb 3rd 2016 by Marilu Cristina Flores

Did you know that for several years doctors and health researchers have been exploring the relationship between how the creative arts affect various health outcomes? Specifically, the health effects of music engagement, visual arts therapy, movement-based creative expression and expressive writing. While much of this dat [...]

Many of you who are in the Tampa Bay area are signed up or perhaps thinking about participating in the Gasparilla Distance Classic. The Gasparilla Distance Classic is a road race that is held this year on February 20-21 on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, Florida. Even if you’re not training for this race, I am sure many o [...]

If you’re not from the Tampa Bay area you may not have heard of Gasparilla. For those of you who live in Tampa, you may be very familiar with the Gasparilla Pirate Festival in addition to all the amazing events that surround the season. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is an annual celebration held in Tampa and has been around since 1904. It is held in late January or early February and i [...]

In a recent study, researchers revealed that one in three healthy kids suffer a bone fracture at some point in their young life. The most common fracture is a distal forearm fracture, or a break in between the elbow and [...]