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Thinking Before Drinking

After last week’s “Think Before You Drink” exercise, Mission Thrive Summer participants are a lot savvier about sugar masquerading as liquid refreshment. See how this activity tangibly reveals the not-so-sweet truth about soft drinks.

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Eating Appreciatively

After spending time at Real Food Farm, Communications Intern Tavon Johnson wants to know: Why aren't we thankful for food every day? Why is an appreciative mode of thinking largely reserved for one day in the entire year?

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Mission Thrive Summer Gears Up for Third Year

The Institute for Integrative Health in partnership with Civic Works’ Real Food Farm is just a week away from launching the third year of our youth summer program, Mission Thrive Summer.

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Optimizing Your Nutrition: Part Two

Bone broth and fermented foods are more than nutrition trends. They're ancient practices shared by cultures around the world. Chef and health coach Jennifer Helene explains how these and other nourishing traditions can help us age more gracefully, control…

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Optimizing Your Nutrition: Part One

The first in a four-part blog series of highlights from each "Optimizing Weight Loss, Digestion and Healthy Aging with Nutrition”’ panel. Today, we’re featuring Dr. Chris D’Adamo, a nutritional research scientist.

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Fostering Community with Healthy Food

Five Times a Feast, our newest community program, kicked off its first eight-week session. Participants from Amazing Grace Lutheran Church gathered to learn about healthy eating and cook delicious meals for the week ahead.

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Staff Wellness Challenge Update

The final week of our Staff Wellness Challenge brought the focus back to our plates. Our goal was to eat the rainbow—specifically, the rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Each color has its own set of nutrient contributors, so dining on a rainbow produce …

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New Program Removes Barriers to Healthy Cooking

Our new community program, called Five Times a Feast, shows participants in a fun and social setting, how to prepare healthy meals efficiently and affordably.

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The Breakfast Habit

Eating breakfast, the focus of our Staff Wellness Challenge for week two, improves mental focus, lowers cholesterol and sets a healthy tone for the whole day. Get some ideas for delicious, healthy breakfasts, and find out who won the challenge this week.

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Expert Tips to Achieve Your Health Resolutions

Health coach and chef Jennifer Helene Popken-Leeds offers guidance for overcoming inertia, boosting your energy, and staying on a healthy path in 2015.

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Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Are you worried about eating unhealthfully this holiday season? Join us on Wednesday, December 10, for our workshop, Healthy Holiday Strategies. You'll learn how to eat and cook for both pleasure and good health.

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Uncover the Healthiest Foods with this New Tool

Making healthy food choices just got easier. Food Scores, a new tool created by the Environmental Working Group, rates the healthfulness of different foods based on their nutrition, ingredients, and processing.

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Gearing Up for Food Day 2014

Our staff held a Super Food Drive to celebrate national Food Day 2014. What puts the "super" in this kind of food drive?

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Go Gluten-Free the Healthy Way

Did you know that many gluten-free products are filled with harmful ingredients? Discover how to avoid them and replace them them with delicious, wholesome alternatives by joining us on Wednesday, January 28, for our workshop, Going Gluten-Free the Health…

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Discover the Power of Super Foods

The growing honor roll of super foods—like maca root, chia seeds and spirulina—offers new options for healthful eating. But how do you make them part of meals and snack? Join us for a delicious adventure on Wednesday, October 1, as chef and health co…

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Students Become Teachers at Teen-Led Health Expo

As our Mission Thrive Summer program concluded this week, participants shared their new knowledge by organizing a health expo in Baltimore that attracted more than 100 people. A visit from Kentucky YMCA's Y-Corps made for a fun surprise.

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Chocolate Traditions New and Old

The FIT+ Festival in Harbor East was alive with music, movement, and lots of dark chocolate--a prize for taking our interactive Chocolate Challenge. We met Sherry, who told us about her grandmother's practice of putting ground cocoa beans into nearly ever…

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Food as Medicine in the Real World

Thanks to popular demand, we presented an encore of Dr. Chris D'Adamo's outstanding wellness talk "Food as Medicine in the Real World." A nutritional researcher, Dr. D'Adamo explained the science behind food's medicinal properties and how to use this know…

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Reformation of a 'Junk Food King'

Walking the halls of his Baltimore high school with a backpack full of goodies, Damonte was known as the “junk food king.” But eventually his habits caught up with him. His doctor told him he had high blood pressure.

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