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Welcome to our Healthy Topics Blog. This is where HealthCorps fans can get the inside scoop on healthy eating, lifestyle tips and what’s happening on the frontlines of HealthCorps. If you like something, leave a comment! We’d love to know what’s on your mind.

HealthCorps’ Community Outreach – Green Schools, Recreation Alliance and Highway to Health
by ahendel
April 17, 2014
Last month HealthCorps hosted a Highway to Health festival in Sacramento, as part of the Green Schools National conference, and in Los Angeles, in partnership with the Active Alliance. HealthCorps partnered with ...
April 2014 Coordinator of the Month: Ryan Fightmaster
by admin
April 17, 2014
HealthCorps is excited to announce Ryan Fightmaster as our April Coordinator of the Month! Jeffrey Hartinger, the Social Media Manager at HealthCorps, spoke with Ryan about his motivation for applying to the ...
Exercise recipe, part 2: Strength training
by ahendel
April 17, 2014
Last week you read about cardiovascular exercise, one of three components of a well-rounded exercise program. Strength training, also called resistance training, involves muscles contracting to resist a force. You can ...
A Savory Night to Remember
by ahendel
April 16, 2014
What do you get when you have one of the most internationally famous doctors, his gorgeous and media savvy wife, one of the most beautiful and funny celebrity with-a-cause Hollywood actresses, ...
When it comes to nuts – raw, roasted, shelled or as a spread?
by ahendel
April 15, 2014
This blog has extolled the virtues of nuts many times. Obviously raw and unprocessed are the healthiest way to prepare them. If you like nuts salted, then an ounce will typically ...
Marrying avocadoes with grapefruit
by ahendel
April 15, 2014
Avocados are high in calories but they are also bursting with nutrients and heart-healthy fats. Though traditionally associated with guacamole, they are a wonderful addition to salads. This salad recipe combines ...
The three components of an exercise program
by ahendel
April 11, 2014
With all the fitness activities and trends, it can be hard to figure out an optimal exercise program. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced exerciser, you should devote time to ...
HealthCorps® and The Hawn Foundation Announce Partnership, Bringing First Class Mental Resiliency, Nutrition and Fitness Education to America’s Youth
by admin
April 10, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS: Karen Johnson, Chief Communications Officer, HealthCorps® 212-742-2875 Karen.Johnson@HealthCorps.org Rachel Karten, ID-PR, Press contact for The Hawn Foundation 323-822-4804 rkarten@id-pr.com HealthCorps® and The Hawn Foundation Announce Partnership, Bringing First Class Mental Resiliency, Nutrition and Fitness Education ...
A tale of two boys
by ahendel
April 10, 2014
Our coordinators are challenged to find a personal pathway of communication with each and every student they meet. The Teen Battle Chef program can win over teens who communicate through food; ...
Take a computer check….as in “break”
by ahendel
April 9, 2014
You sit in front of the computer for hours, losing track of time and more importantly, not moving. Did you know that sitting still and not moving for hours can put ...
Chia pudding
by ahendel
April 8, 2014
Chia is trending as a powerhouse seed.  This nutrient-rich food is bursting with fiber (it has more than traditional oatmeal), omega-3 fatty acids (ALA), and is a good source of anti-oxidants, ...
Colleges commit to healthier campuses
by ahendel
April 4, 2014
Some colleges are making a huge effort to offer healthier food in their cafeterias, serving plant-based protein dishes and vegan options, and renting healthier vending machines.  Other colleges have become known ...
Poofy Organics – Our newest partner
by ahendel
April 3, 2014
With the Savory Garden Gala  about a week away, it’s time to feature another company that has recently come on board to help provide a unique item in our featured Gala ...
A “dose” of soy foods daily may help to naturally fight diabetes
by ahendel
April 2, 2014
Obesity rates and associated diabetes rates are still quite high in the U.S., despite recent news suggesting that in the very young children group, there may be the beginnings of a ...
The Best Exercise for Obese Girls is…..
by ahendel
March 28, 2014
Experts have unique perspective on aerobic exercise and resistance training.  Most agree that a blending of both disciplines creates a balanced workout program, addressing calorie burn, which most of us need, ...
Toss or Use – Some tips on food safety
by ahendel
March 26, 2014
You use the expiration date on foods as a helpful guide to know when a food is no longer considered safe for consumption.  Certain foods can be safely eaten past their ...
American Diabetes Association Alert Day
by ahendel
March 25, 2014
American Diabetes Association Alert Day, held yearly every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day wake-up call. It asks individuals to take the Diabetes Risk Test, to find out if they ...
Is Your Young Athlete at Risk?
by ahendel
March 21, 2014
Young athletes are at risk of injury.  A recent study looked at the specific factors that could be contributing to levels of risk.  The study (not yet published) , presented at ...
Peanut Butter a Winner for Girls and Breast Cancer Risk
by ahendel
March 19, 2014
You should be especially choosy when selecting nuts or nut butters.  Look for labels with simple ingredients, no added sugar or salt, and if possible, grind the nuts for nut butter ...
Hills of Africa Donates Trip of a Lifetime to the Savory Garden Gala
by ahendel
March 19, 2014
When discerning travelers look for a special adventure, Hills of Africa Travel delivers. With destinations that include: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, among others, this multi-million dollar company ...

Amy Hendel, P.A.

Known as The HealthGal (www.healthgal.com), our resident daily blogger, Amy Hendel is a popular medical and lifestyle reporter, lifestyle expert, columnist and spokesperson. Trained as a Physician Assistant and nutritionist, she maintains a private practice as a health coach. Her first book Fat Families Thin Families (BenBella Publishers) released in June 2008 and offers a "family team" approach to helping families cope with obesity and its related health issues. The soft cover version released in June of 2010 under the new title, The 4 Habits of Healthy Families.

Most recently Amy is featured on Access Hollywood Live and Marie, the new Marie Osmond show. She currently hosts Food Rescue and Simple Smoothies at healthination.com. She’s been a guest on Today, Good Morning America, FOX News, Rachel Ray, The 700 Club, EXTRA, and national and local news and talk shows. Past producer/Host of healthy home segments on HouseSmarts, Amy has also hosted Westwood One’s Good Eating Good Living, Lifetime's Stories on the Beach, HealthZone (PBS)and Pfizer's On the Road to Pain Relief. She's frequently quoted expert in national magazines and publications.