Health and Fitness

Avoid the Calories from Your Favorite Chain Restaurants

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by HylaryL

The Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites I think we can all agree that some of the best, most flavorful food in the world originates from the multitude of cuisines found in Asia and its surrounding islands. From Chinese to Japanese to Thai food and more, the list goes on and on of delicious culinary treasures that anyone regardless of their nationality or ethnicity can enjoy. The only problem? Though generally quite . . . more »

Healthy (and delicious!) versions of your favorite childhood treats!

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by HylaryL

Real Snacks Who doesn't remember that joyful feeling we experienced as a child opening a fresh Twinkie, finishing off a circus train shaped box of animal crackers or licking your fingers to get the last little bits in a bag of Corn Nuts. Those special snacks always inspire a nostalgic feeling for days past, and, unfortunately, remind us of how lacking in nutrition our treats really were. . . . more »

Are You Allergic?

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

Woman in field about to sneeze A-a-a-allergy! At least one in every five Americans suffers from allergies. These range from food allergies to those which are seasonal in nature. Peanuts and milk are common causes of food allergies, while grass, pollen, mold, cat hair and dog dandruff can cause misery in others. If you are one of the unlucky 20%, here are some books which can help you cope. Allergies Help! . . . more »

Even YOU Can Be Healthy and Fit

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

The Healthy Guide to Unhealthy Living If you thought that that diet and exercise was simply too difficult for your lifestyle and that you couldn’t possibly find a program that would hold your interest, think again. SCCLD has tons of health and fitness books to fit any lifestyle and personality. Check out a few of our picks here. The Healthy Guide to Unhealthy Living For those of you who are not . . . more »

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 by SCCLD PlaneTree Health Information Center

Life beyond your Eating Disorder From February 24 to March 2, the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is collaborating on a variety of activities for adults and young people– free presentations (one for adults and one for teens), an essay contest for middle and high school students, and informative in-library displays. Details are featured in February's PlaneTalk, the newsletter for PlaneTree Health Information Center. SCCLD is offering these events . . . more »

Getting to the Core

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

No-risk Abs Did your dreams of getting a six-pack (the non-alcoholic type) flutter away by boring, run-of-the-mill workouts? Well, if so, all is not lost. Your dream of developing rock hard stomach muscles is still within your reach, now more than ever. For years, people have spent long, agonizing periods doing sets of crunches and sit-ups, and all it’s ever resulted in was a sore back. Now, . . . more »

The Easy Way to Go Gluten-Free!

Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by HylaryL

The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-free Foods It seems like going gluten-free is the new thing to do in the world of diets and nutrition, but for those of us who suffer from Celiac's Disease, gluten sensitivities or wheat allergies, it's more than just a fad. But with all of the gluten-free products available out there, where do you even start if you're just beginning on your life without wheat? If your . . . more »

The Healing Power of Nutrition

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

Nutrient Power How many times a day are we bombarded with advertisements about this supplement or that vegetable that is the miracle cure for something that ails us? From fruit juice to protein powder to mineral tablets, the nutrition industry is full of companies that claim to have the answer to your chronic health problem. But how do we know what is real and what is not? . . . more »

Prevention of falls is key to healthy living for older people.

Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

Did you know: Seniors are injured at home more than any other location. · 1 in 3 seniors will experience a fall each year, and half of those more than once. · 20% of injury-related deaths can be traced back to a fall. This This is scary information. But what can a senior do about it? Take a positive approach to fall prevention! Here are . . . more »

From the Food Pyramid to MyPlate: A Change on the Dietary Guideline

Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness

Are you familiar with the look of this food pyramid? Does the congested image of sectioned layers piled with various food groups and information overwhelm you? If so, here’s some good news! Nineteen years after the Food Pyramid icon was first introduced, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finally decided to replace the Food Pyramid dietary guideline with MyPlate. The concept of MyPlate . . . more »