Eat Better

Eating better doesn’t just mean eating less. It means eating smarter, too. The programs, tips and information below can help along the way.

Verdant Programs

Diabetes Prevention Program

Program funded: Beginning in 2018

Nine out of 10 people with prediabetes do not know that they have it. This statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is alarming. At the Verdant Health Commission, we want to help our community members identify if they are at risk of developing diabetes and find support to prevent or manage it.

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Heath Access Program for Underserved Communities

Chronic Kidney Disease Education & Prevention

Everyday Prevention Program

Program funded: January 2015 – December 2017, Renewed January 2018 – December 2020

How do non-English speakers access health and wellness education? For first-generation immigrants, the answer may be that they simply don’t. The Verdant Health Commission partnered with Korean Women’s Association to make it easier for Korean speakers to learn how to manage their health and navigate the health care system.

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Tips & Info

Fresh summer recipes

The bounty of summer produce is still in full swing! Check out a ratatouille recipe to utilize those juicy garden tomatoes, plentiful zucchini, and fresh herbs. Mix up your staple grains with fluffy whole grain couscous and try making your own nutritious salad dressing.

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Improve Your Produce IQ: Bok Choy

Like some of the other cruciferous vegetables featured on this blog, bok choy does not taste or smell like cabbage when eaten or cooked. The leaves (especially of baby bok choy) are more delicate like lettuce, and the stalks are crispy like celery and have a light, peppery taste.

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Portions and servings: What’s the difference?

Average portion sizes have grown so much over the past 20 years that sometimes the plate arrives and there’s enough food for two or even three people on it. Growing portion sizes are changing what Americans think of as a “normal” portion at home too. We call it portion distortion.

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Info to know about hydration

Did you know that the average adult consists of about 50-60% water? Water is an essential nutrient for all living things (that includes us!) and has many functions in the body.

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The skinny on fat

Fat is an essential nutrient for our bodies. It provides energy. It helps our guts absorb certain vitamins from foods. But what types of fat should you be eating? Are there any you should avoid?

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Improve Your Produce IQ: Rutabagas

When I was looking for vegetable purée recipes to use as sauces on pasta, I decided to try one that included rutabagas since that was an unfamiliar vegetable for me. I had previously avoided it because it seemed too close to turnips, which I was also unfamiliar with and have a reputation for being bitter and fibrous. So I gave the rutabaga a try and totally love them.

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Improve Your Produce IQ: Sunchokes

Throughout the years, my family and I have been trying to enjoy as wide of a variety of vegetables. One vegetable we have never had until now is the sunchoke, or Jerusalem artichoke, which is a perennial root vegetable. They grow in the ground like potatoes and sweet potatoes, though they are small, like ginger knobs.

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