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Monthly Health Observances: What's New this Month? 

Members of our team share tips on different health topics observed nationally throughout the year.

December 2019

Holiday Appetizers: These fiber-rich and flavorful appetizer recipes are great for the holidays! Jill Chodak, R.D., teamed up with Stacey Pensgen, meteorologist at Channel 10, to make mocktails, vegan taco dip and more. Watch here.

November 2019

Great American Smokeout a good time to start a journey toward better health. Tobacco cessation expert Anne Sammler, MA, shares helpful tips for individuals ready to stop smoking in an essay featured in the Democrat & Chronicle. The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout event is recognized annually on the third Thursday of November.

October 2019 

Fall brings changing leaves and nutritious vegetables. Melissa Roth, R.D., C.P.T., wrote a guest essay on the health benefits of some favorite fall vegetables for the Democrat & Chronicle.

Did you know National Taco Day is October 4? Jill Chodak, R.D., teamed up with entrepreneur Leah Stacy to share recipes for tacos at every meal - breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert!

September 2019 

Fad diets and food labels: RDs Jill Chodak and Kacie Cook were part of a panel of experts answering questions about recent fad diets and how to properly read food labels as part of WROC Channel 8's "Putting You First" segment. 

August 2019

Kids Eat Right Month/Back to School: Jill Chodak, R.D., teamed up with Golisano Children's Hospital Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician Dr. Elizabeth Murray and Norma Holland of 13WHAM to talk nutritious lunches for back to school. They also discuss on the importance of choice for kids.

July 2019

National Hot Dog Day: Check out this carrot dog recipe with vegan chili sauce!

Jill Chodak, R.D., teaches Channel 8 Sports Anchor and Reporter Thad Brown how to make a creative "not-dog."

It's BBQ season: Try this approach to healthy eating

Jill Chodak, R.D., offers advice on mindfulness, intention and more when it comes to eating right and making the most of your summer.

June 2019

Eat right this summer

Try a new approach of mindfulness and intention at summer cookouts, ice cream outings and your local county fairs. In this In Good Health article, Clinical Dietitian Jill Chodak offers advice on how to be mindful of your health while still making the most of your summer. 

Family Health & Fitness Day (June 8)

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Lifestyle Counselor Jennifer Lee shares more fun and active games for the whole family on our Facebook page.

Men's Health Month:

Guys, did you know you can increase testosterone levels naturally? Former CCHP Clinical Dietitian Yimy Queipo Rodriguez gives tips on how in this Democrat & Chronicle essay.

What are the health benefits of vegan stuffed shells? Watch this video of Clinical Dietitian Jill Chodak and WXXI Connections host Evan Dawson to find out!

May 2019 

Celiac Awareness Month: Gluten-free Oat Bar Recipe

Watch this engaging and informative video of Clinical Dietitian Jill Chodak baking gluten-free oat bars with some fun guests. 

(May 13 to 17) Bike to Work Week

Certified Personal Trainer and Clinical Dietitian April Ho shares the health benefits of riding to work, as well as tips for success, in this essay.

February 2019 

Heart Month:

Lifestyle Counselor Jennifer Lee demonstrates heart-healthy exercises you can do at the gym.

Clinical Dietitian April Ho prepares a nutritious chocolate mousse perfect for Valentine's Day.

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