Food

The #1 Best Food to Eat to Live to 100, Science Says

Food is a large factor in living a long, healthy life, and many Americans are eating diets that are harmful to their overall health.

A study published in Circulation looked at participants who either fell under the category of a “Western” diet, which is heavy in red meat, processed foods, refined grains, and sugar, or a “Prudent” diet, which is mostly made up of legumes, vegetables, fruit, poultry, fish, and whole grains.

After an 18-year follow-up, researchers found that those who were adherent to the prudent diet saw a 17% decrease in total mortality risk a 28% lower risk of cardiovascular disease death.

The study also found that those on the Western diet had a 21% increase in total mortality and a 22% increase in cardiovascular disease mortality as well.

So, if diet plays a key role in how long we live, then which foods are the best

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AmeriCorps Food Security VISTA opportunity with Healthy Acadia

Healthy Acadia is partnering with Hunger Free America to recruit a year-round AmeriCorps Food Security VISTA service member to improve access to healthy food for people experiencing food insecurity in Hancock County. The AmeriCorps VISTA will serve with Healthy Acadia in for one year, starting in October, and will address food insecurity by building partnerships between local farms and food pantries; increasing participation in community gardens; increasing participation in nutrition benefit programs at farmers markets and farm stands; organizing county-wide food drives and fundraising events; and recruiting volunteers.

AmeriCorps VISTA service members receive a $575.40 bi-weekly living allowance, health benefits, housing assistance for one month rent, potential to forbear or defer student loans while in service, relocation assistance (if applicable), child care assistance (if applicable), one-year non-competitive status for federal government positions and a network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums. Upon successful completion of the service term,

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Plant-based food festival showcases healthy living

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The fourth annual Healthy Taste of Knoxville festival returned Sunday at the Knoxville Expo Center. 

The festival celebrated and promoted plant-based diets like vegetarianism and veganism which, according to the Mayo Clinic, can provide health benefits like reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. 

“Our goal with this event is to provide anyone considering a plant-based lifestyle, no matter the reason, access to helpful resources and support,” organizer of Healthy Taste of Knoxville, Stan Wolcott, said. “We have seen an increased interest in plant-based living in our community and we want to connect those people with like-minded vendors and businesses across the region.” 

Janice Church, the volunteer coordinator for Healthy Taste of Knoxville, grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin but never knew she suffered from a dairy intolerance. 

By the time she

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Rosa Parks Farmers Market opens for business to address food accessibility in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Rosa Parks Farmers Market in Historic West End opened for the season on Tuesday. About a dozen vendors showed up – some with fresh produce to offer people who live in food deserts healthy options.

It is estimated about 15 percent of the households in Mecklenburg live in a food desert.

The Rosa Parks Food Market is set up in the middle of a neighborhood that is in the middle of a food desert. This food market is not your typical one – vendors accept EBT and food stamps. Shoppers say this market will make a difference for neighbors.

“If you put a Farmer’s Markets in a food desert,” Shopper Elena Sepulveda said. “A lot of people can’t afford what they are selling, but this is very affordable and reasonable.”

Sepulveda was happy with what she got at the Market. She doesn’t live in a food

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