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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.

September 2020

  • Meals in a SNAP: Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer April Ho recently published her own cookbook, titled Meals in a SNAP! The cookbook provides a variety of quick and easy recipes designed to fit in the meal plan of a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food stamp recipient. Check it out! April also has her own website, Caritas Wellness, where you can find simple recipes and free workout videos for all levels!

August 2020

Staying Healthy During COVID-19:

  • The great outdoors offer endless opportunities to get active while not having to invest a lot of time or money. In this Democrat & Chronicle essay, Employee Wellness Manager Justin Kelsey, MHA, CPT-CIFT, shares four outdoor activities that pack a powerful punch when it comes to improving your overall health.
  • Cooking at Home: April Ho, registered dietitian (RD), shared her own recipe for smoked salmon cucumber rolls - a refreshing bite that can be served as an appetizer, for lunch or a snack! She also demonstrated how to make matcha chia bowls, a yummy breakfast dish packed with protein and fiber, and rosemary thyme zucchini tots with a dipping sauce!
  • Staying Active at Home: Not having regular access to your favorite gym may mean you're sitting more. April Ho, certified personal trainer (CPT) and RD, shares how to look at this time as a new opportunity to practice being active at home so you are able to adjust when plans change.

July 2020

Staying Healthy During COVID-19:

June 2020

Staying Healthy During COVID-19:

  • Family Health & Fitness Day, June 13: 
    • Switch up your at-home workout by using a deck of cards! Registered Dietitian Nina Rosien, R.D., C.D.N., shows how to get active by playing "52 Pickup."It can be done at various levels of intensity, solo or with others and is great for a full-body workout!
    • Clinical Program Medical Director and Family Medicine Physician Holly Russell, M.D., shares some fun ways her family enjoys being active together.
    • Lifestyle Counselor Anne Sammler, M.A., N.C.T.T.P., demonstrates examples of activities you can do with a partner in this "Family Health & Fitness: Partner Activities" video.
  • Cooking at Home: Registered Dietitian April Ho demonstrates how to make Peach salsa, Cilantro shrimp burgers with spicy chipotle guacamoleand tempahon WROC News Channel 8.
  • It's Grilling Season!: In this Democrat & Chronicle essay, Justin Kelsey, MHA, CPT-CIFT, Employee Wellness Manger, shares helpful strategies for achieving great BBQ flavors while using healthier alternatives and grilling techniques.

May 2020

Staying Healthy During COVID-19:

  • Cooking at Home: April Ho, R.D., C.P.T., demonstrates how to make baked onion rings, using a recipe from Damn Delicious
  • Coping with Stress: From going on nature hikes to using different meditation apps, Kacie Cook, R.D., C.D.N., shares the different ways her family is trying to manage stress and anxiety during the pandemic.
  • Cooking at Home: April Ho, R.D., C.P.T., shared how to make a falafel chickpea dip that's full of fiber and protein. It can be made for an appetizer or a side dish and paired with pita chips or cucumbers.
  • Staying Active: From walking their dogs to doing yoga, members of our clinical team share how they're trying to stay active during the pandemic.
  • Heart-healthy mocktail: Jill Chodak, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., demonstrates how to make a fiber- and flavor-full mocktail the whole family can enjoy!
  • Cooking at Home: April Ho, R.D., C.P.T., shares a sesame ginger salmon recipe in honor of International Mediterranean Diet Month. 
  • Heart-healthy tacos: Jill Chodak, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., demonstrates how to make tacos with refried beans and whole grains that are full of fiber, protein and healthy fats.
  • Cooking at Home: April Ho, R.D., C.P.T., shares how to make Curry Cumin Veggie Bowls. This recipe calls for shelf-stable ingredients and little prep work!
  • We're In This Together: Everyone's 'new normal' looks different, and that's OK! Our clinical team shares how they're trying to manage working from home, stress, physical activity and more during the pandemic.

April 2020 

Staying Healthy During COVID-19:

  • Cooking at Home:
    • Interested in making your own bread at home? Registered Dietitian April Ho shares how to make a sourdough bread starter at home. All you need is whole wheat flour, white flour and water! 
    • April Ho, R.D., C.P.T., shares one of her favorite recipes for a week-night meal: Garbage plate stuffed bell peppers

March 2020

Staying Healthy During COVID-19:

  • In this Channel 8 news interview, Jill Chodak, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., shares the importance of balance and establishing a healthy eating pattern when working from home.

National Nutrition Month:

February 2020

American Heart Month:

  • Balancing Your Plate: Jill Chodak, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., teamed up with Ward Stare, Grammy-nominated music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, to demonstrate different heart-healthy ways to enjoy chicken parmesan while also balancing your plate.

January 2020 

  • Experts from our clinical team took calls from community members about their various health goals and concerns during Channel 8's "Putting You First: Starting the New Year Healthy." Watch interviews with each of the experts.
  • Registered Dietitian Jill Chodak offers more healthful ways to look at New Year's resolutions on this WHAM 1180 Food & Wine Show episode with host Pauly Guglielmo. 
  • National Bean Day is January 6! In this Democrat & Chronicle essay, Nina Rosien, R.D., C.D.N., shares ways to add more fiber to your plate with beans.

December 2019

  • Holiday Appetizers: These fiber-rich and flavorful appetizer recipes are great for the holidays! Jill Chodak, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., teamed up with Stacey Pensgen, meteorologist at Channel 10, to make mocktails, vegan taco dip and more. Watch here.
  • Exercising in the Winter: Snowshoeing Melissa Roth, M.S., R.D., C.P.T., joined Outdoor Program and Outreach Coordinator Kaitie Sprangers from Eastview Mall L.L.Bean to share the how-tos and great health benefits of this winter activity that's fun to do with family and friends!

More resources from 2019.

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