FreshRX Tickets Now Available

A sneak peek at one of this year’s most anticipated events This year’s FreshRX: A Prescription for Health on Oct. 30 has already attracted top experts in the health and wellness field from around the country. “We have a tremendous lineup,” says Ann Hoskins-Brown, SCFC’s FreshRX program director. “Our keynote speaker is Roberta Friedman, director of Public Policy at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University.” Friedman will be focusing on the new guidelines that have defined...Read more...

What’s the Deal with Carbs and Cravings?

A FreshRX speaker shares his insights Sharing the results from a recent study, last year’s FreshRx Symposium keynote speaker Dr. David Ludwig has released the findings of a new study about how sugary foods influence the way our brains tell us how to eat in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “This research suggests that based on their effects on brain metabolism, all calories are not alike,” Ludwig told The New York Times. “Not everybody who eats processed carbohydrates develops...Read more...

Fact vs. Fiction About Oral Health for Kids

The truth about flossing, bleeding gums and the impact of asthma inhalers As part of our Community Oral Health Initiatives, which is helping to improve the health of children and families in North Philly, Judy Gelinas (director of Oral Health Initiatives housed at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children) has been getting the word out about oral health fact and fiction. Here are three common assumptions she helps to shed light on: “Healthy gums don’t bleed.” True: Bleeding means your gums are...Read more...

Organic or Natural?

How to tell which is healthier for your family There’s been a lot of talk lately about what qualifies a food product to be either “organic” or “natural.” Philly.com takes a look at the trends and offers a few suggestions for making sure the organic food you eat really contains what the label suggests. The best rule of thumb: Just look for the USDA Organic seal. This certification not only means that the product is grown with at least 95 percent of organic...Read more...

Too Much Sugar in Your Diet?

Guess what? Most added sugar comes from beverages There may be more sugar in a soda or fruit punch than you think. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report that says most of the added sugar Americans consume come from beverages, not food. It’s latest “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey” estimates that the average percentage of daily calories that come from sugary drinks has more than doubled since the 1970s. According to the report, sugar from drinks makes up an...Read more...

Are Food Labels Misleading Kids?

“Stop the Lying Labels” is aimed at better health A new campaign – “Stop the Lying Labels” – has been launched by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to take a serious look at the way foods are marketed to kids. The group, which advocates for nutrition and health, has criticized some of the nation’s largest food and beverage companies that regularly claim products are “natural” or “healthy” without the proof to back up the advertising. In fact, many of the drinks and snacks...Read more...