Super Food Night: Inspiring Families to Get in the Kitchen

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

*photos provided by Coordinated School Health

It is 6:30 on a school night and the halls of East Lake Elementary are filled with students excitedly chattering away with siblings, parents, grandparents, and caretakers. In a few minutes the double doors leading to the school cafeteria will open, students and their families will pour in, and Super Food Night will be officially under way.

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Spotlight on Wildwood Farm

Tuesday, December 09, 2014


Two years ago, Daniel Tretheway tapped into his passion for farming while participating in a 6-month Health Evangelism program at the Wildwood Lifestyle Center. In return for lodging and meals, students spend about 15 hours a week doing various jobs around campus. They don’t get to choose where they are placed, so it was by happenstance that he was, as he puts it, “one of the lucky few who got to work on the farm.”

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New Traditions Create Healthy Holiday Habits

Monday, December 01, 2014


A guest post by Allison Knott, MS, RD

The holiday season seems to encourage us to indulge more often with hopes of “getting back on track” come January 1st. We are surrounded by food and family, celebrations are frequent, and traditional holiday beverages make their debut; however, the season doesn’t have to entail over-indulgence and accompanying weight gain. This year, I challenge you to break the mold and create healthy habits while still enjoying the most festive time of year.

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Wellness through the Changing Seasons

Monday, November 24, 2014

A guest post by Lauren Haynes

Winter is nigh, and with it, it seems, the cold and flu season. You might wonder, what is it that causes these icky spells in the first place? Surely there is not an upsurge of wintery bacteria and germs waiting to strike each year? No, let’s take a closer look at what is potentially compromising our immune systems and leaving us vulnerable to seasonal sicknesses.

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A delicious spin on an old favorite- Macaroni and Butternut Squash

Friday, November 14, 2014


Tis the season for comfort foods and so I’d like to offer a healthy, local twist on the classic macaroni and cheese dish that I’m sure many of us will be indulging in over the next few weeks. By using butternut squash as the base instead of cheese, you can create a lighter version of this old favorite that is delicious, hearty, and chock full of nutrients.

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Cool Weather Veggies: what's available and where to get 'em

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

There are definite perks to living in the more-often-than-not warm climate of Southeast Tennessee; one of these being that we have a longer growing season than our neighbors up north. As a result, we get to enjoy the unparalleled pleasure of digging into freshly grown vegetables almost year round. 

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Fall for Root Vegetables

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Photo by Seth Shaffer

Many root crops grow best in cooler weather and are just now starting to appear at farm stands and farmers markets across the region. Radishes, potatoes, and turnips are some of the first to be harvested, with beets, sweet potatoes, and carrots soon to follow. While commercially available year-round, the taste of a locally-grown root vegetable picked in the peak of its growing season is beyond compare.

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Urban Cultivators course offered in Chattanooga

Monday, October 27, 2014

In 2013, the Hamilton County Health Department’s Step ONE program, Fair Share Urban Growers and Crabtree Farms partnered together to offer the pilot Urban Cultivators program.  The 12 week program taught urban gardening and homesteading skills to center-city residents in local neighborhoods. The course graduated 18 individuals, many of which have said they have put the skills learned in the program to use both in their own lives and in their communities.

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Harvested Here Harvest Fest

Monday, October 20, 2014

Harvest Fest, a local festival sponsored by the Harvested Here Food Hub, will be on Wednesday, October 29. Event hours are 4-7 pm and will coincide with the Main Street Farmers Market on 325 East Main St. In addition to regular farmers market activities, Harvest Fest will include free local food prepared by premiere local chefs representing 1885, Easy Bistro, Flying Squirrel, and St. John’s Restaurant. Live music, local breweries, face painting, and pumpkin picking will also be featured. Admission is free and open to the public.

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