Did you know that, on average, Americans consume nearly 100 pounds of sugar and sweeteners each year? That's 30 teaspoons every day. As the number one source of calories in the American diet, soda and sweetened fruit drinks alone represent half of our sugar intake. Here are some simple and effective ways you can cut back on sugar consumption:
Swap soda for sparking water and add lemon or lime to flavor. Replacing just one 12-oz soda each day will save you 10 teaspoons of sugar.
When cooking or baking, replace sugar with spices to add flavor and zest.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with healthier options like fruit, low-sugar cereal, or yogurt with fresh fruit.
Replace ketchup with salsa whenever you can. Ketchup contains about 4 grams of sugar per teaspoon; salsa typically contains no sugar.
Skip those granola bars — most contain 11-16 grams of sugar each. Instead, choose veggies and hummus for a quick energy boost.
What are your favorite sugar swaps? Tell us here.
Welcome to the new Lighten Up 4 Life 2014 Challenge!
Whether you're new to the challenge or have participated before, we're glad you're here. For this challenge, our focus is working together to build a healthier community.
We want to hear why you want to Lighten Up 4 Life. Is it for a special event or to meet a personal goal? Leave a comment and tell us why.
To help you and your team get started on this wellness journey, schedule your free Lighten Up 4 Life Screening today!
Lighten Up For Life Screening - Free for Lighten Up For Life participants, $10 for all others
Screening of height, weight, blood pressure, body fat percentage and waist, arm and thigh measurements. Program registration available at screening. Make your appointment for any time during normal business hours. Appointment required by calling (828) 692-4600.
At the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee, your journey will never be taken alone. With Henderson County’s only breast care navigator, patients are guided and supported every step of the way. We pride ourselves on providing same-day biopsies and next-day test results that not only detect cancer sooner but give patients peace of mind. Our goal is to give you the ability to focus on healing, not worrying that you may have to walk the path alone.
Schedule your mammogram at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center for the month of October and receive a free gift. (828) 698-7979
Financial assistance may be available through Pardee Hospital Foundation’s Women Helping Women program for preventative screenings and treatments. Call Pardee Hospital Patient Financial Services today to see if you are eligible: (828) 698-7306.
Pardee and Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) will host Farm to Table on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 6 – 7 p.m. at Pardee Signature Care Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. This informative event will cover topics including how your choice of food affects your overall health, where to buy farm fresh foods and how co-ops work. Ingles Markets will present a live cooking demonstration and attendees will also learn how to freeze and can food.
Farm to Table is free to the public. Registration is required by calling (828) 692-4600.
The ASAP's mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. This mission is achieved through providing support and training to area farmers, connecting farmers to area chefs and foodservice buyers, spearheading local food campaigns, certifying local products grown/raised as Appalachian Grown, organizing Asheville City Market, coordinating the Mountain Tailgate Market Association and through the Growing Minds Farm to School Program.