Hospitals: There’s an App for That!

Story by Lindsey Chester

Cary, NC – There seems to be an application developed for everything these days. WakeMed has just developed one too. Read more

Health: The Joy of Cast-Iron

Story by Kaynan Goldberg. Kaynan is CaryCitizen’s 12-year-old columnist on all things frugal, crunchy, healthy and green. She also blogs at VeggiesGoCrunch. Photo by Kirk Olson.

Cary, NC – You know how I promised you a cast-iron post?  Well, I consulted with a friend who used to be in the culinary gadgets business (she worked in that high-end cookware store in the mall – you know the one), and she came up with a whole list of reasons why cast-iron is amazing. Read more

Recipe: Summer Squashage

Story by Kaynan Goldberg. Kaynan is CaryCitizen’s 12-year-old columnist on all things frugal, crunchy, healthy and green. She blogs at VeggiesGoCrunch. Photo by Steve Minor.

Cary, NC – Sometimes in summer, it feels like all they sell at the farmers’ markets (and/or all you can grow in your garden) is summer squash and zucchini.  Read more

I am Coco – Loco

Cary, NC – Story by Kaynan Goldberg. Kaynan is CaryCitizen’s 12-year-old columnist on all things frugal, crunchy, healthy and green. She blogs at VeggiesGoCrunch. In this installment she continues her thoughts on the virtues of the coconut. Photo by Easa Shamih.

Cary, NC – Hi, everybody!  I know, I know – long time, no blog.  I’m not going to give you any lame excuses.  I have been lazy, but, hey, it’s summer! Read more

Cary Schools Win AHA “Brains & Bodies” Award

 

Photo from AHA

Cary, NC – Wake County Public Schools Superintendent Tony Tata joined Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) June 7 to announce the 2011 Brains and Bodies Award recipients for Wake County elementary and middle schools striving to improve the health of students and staff.

“We congratulate our winning schools and applaud their outstanding efforts to emphasize the connection for our students and staff between maintaining a healthy lifestyle and its positive impact on achieving a high-quality education,” said Superintendent Tony Tata.

Winning Schools

Davis Drive Elementary, Mills Park Elementary and Northwoods Elementary each won a Bronze Award and Farmington Woods Elementary earned an Honorable Mention for their efforts to increase physical activity and nutrition opportunities.

Four schools won the Gold Award designation:  A.B. Combs Elementary, Fuller Elementary and Underwood Elementary in Raleigh and St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School in Apex. West Lake Elementary in Apex won the Silver Award, and seven area schools earned the Bronze Award, including the three Cary schools, Hunter Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary, Wildwood Forest Elementary in Raleigh; and Olive Chapel Elementary in Apex.

Each of the award winners received a framed  “AHA Brains and Bodies Award: Healthy Students Grow Here” certificate to display in their school as well as a gift card to be used towards wellness initiatives. Gold award winners also received a banner to hang in the school and resources for a school celebration.

“We are so impressed with the innovations and programs of all these winning schools,” said Laura Aiken, director of AHA and WakeMed Community Outreach. “What really set the Gold Award winners apart, though, is that they each have a Wellness Committee involving staff and parents and they are working hard to enforce their school wellness policy. That is really key in maintaining and sustaining a comprehensive approach to health and wellness in the schools.”

About Advocates for Health in Action (AHA)

AHA created the Brains and Bodies Award to recognize schools that are meeting and exceeding local wellness policies, including the WCPSS Wellness Policy.

AHA’s team of nutrition and physical activity experts scored and evaluated applications and conducted site visits at a number of schools that applied. All school applicants will receive feedback on the good work they are doing and the team’s recommendations for ongoing improvement at each school.

Locavore Cost Comparison: Locally Grown vs Supermarket Organic

Cary, NC – Story and photographs by Kaynan Goldberg. Kaynan is CaryCitizen’s 12-year-old columnist on all locally grown foods that are frugal, crunchy, healthy and green. She blogs at VeggiesGoCrunch.

In this installment of Locavore, Kaynan takes a question from her baby brother and turns it into a larger consideration of the costs of fresh vegetables at the local farmers market vs supermarket organic. Infographic of her findings at the bottom of the story.

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Recipe: Apple Wood Smoked Chicken on the Grill

Story by Jim McGrody, photo by Sharyn Morrow.

Cary, NC – To all you backyard chefs out there – summer is closing in on us and your grill is calling your name. Read more

Red Cross Blood Drive – 1 Pint Can Save Three Lives

Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

Cary, NC – Come out and help the Red Cross this month by donating a pint of blood.  The Red Cross has been providing blood for patients since 1940. Read more

What We Feed Our Patients: The Hospital Food Revolution at Rex

Story by Matt Young. Photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – As a child, Jim McGrody watched Julia Child on a black-and-white television in his bedroom. He made pancakes for his brothers when he was in second grade. He knew that when he grew up, he wanted to be a chef. But now, Jim is leading a food revolution – from the kitchen of Rex Hospital.

His mission: abolish the notion that hospital food is bad. Read more

Health: Cuckoo For Coconut!

 

Story by 12-year-old “Veggies Go Crunch” blogger Kaynan Goldberg. Photo by Chandrika Nair.

Cary, NC – Coconut.  Just say it.  It’s a fun word.  It’s also an interesting one.  Read more