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Monthly Health Observances: What's New this Month?

Members of our team share tips related to different health observances throughout the year.

March 2022

  • Spices are an easy and fun way to add flavor, color and fragrance to food. In this Got Health talk "Add Spice to Your Life with Healthy and Flavorful Cooking.", Nina Rosien, RD, CDN, shares how spices can improve our nutrition, ways to use them creatively and how they can inspire us to savor a variety of flavors in our everyday cuisine.

  • Dark soy sauce and star anise are two of the most flavorful and unique ingredients in CCHP Registered Dietitian April Ho's favorite Cantonese recipe for soy sauce chicken wings. April highlights these ingredients and others in recognition of National Nutrition Month's "World of Flavors" theme.

  • March is National Nutrition Month and this year's theme is "Celebrate a World of Flavors!" The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics outlines goals and action items for each week of the month, starting with eating a variety of nutritious foods. Registered Dietitian Jill Chodak shares resources to help you be successful, including MyPlate and a how-to for reading Nutrition Facts Labels

February 2022

  • Check out this recipe for vegan black bean brownies, recommended by Registered Dietitian Leah Webster. Leah was looking to add more fiber to her diet, but also wanted chocolate. 1/2 cup of cooked black beans contain more than 7g of fiber! Leah made a few adjustments to the recipe, including using an oil lower in saturated fat and rinsing the canned black beans to reduce the amount of sodium.
  • Get to the heart of the matter with this Got Health? talk by URMC Preventive Medicine Resident Jeanne Lee, MD. In this video presentation, Jeanne talks about the different types of heart disease, risk factors and how to lower your risk of developing the condition.
  • Cooking for one and not sure what to do with leftovers? Jill Chodak, CCHP registered dietitian, shares suggestions for making the most out of a balanced meal:
    • An example of dinner for one: Sheet pan of baked chicken with a spice rub, olive oil, roasted yellow potatoes and Brussels sprouts.
    • Leftovers: Put shredded chicken on nachos OR potatoes and pulled chicken in a taco! Brussels sprouts can go on a salad!

January 2022

  • Have you tried composting? It's a great way to reduce your food waste and also provides enriched soil for any indoor plants! Leah Webster, RD, MPH, shares how to make an indoor vermicompost
  • Routines provide structure and can help reduce stress. Lifestyle Counselor Anne Sammler shares ways to help you ease into a new routine, as well as the importance of practice and not giving up!

More resources from years past.

Improve Nutrition


Today's Dietitian

Cooking Matters

Increase Exercise


Fitness Blender


Indoor Physical Activity Ideas for Families

Stop Smoking


People riding bikes

Reduce Stress



10% Happier

Prevent Heart Disease

American Heart Association

Heart Risk Calculator