Food as Medicine: How One Hospital Is Using Organic Produce to Help Heal Patients

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by guest blogger “Coach” Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director In 431 BC, Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” More than 2,500 years later, we are inundated with advertisements boasting the latest, greatest cure-all superdrug. From a young age, we learn that it doesn’t matter how or what we […]

Quick and Easy “No-Cook” Summer Tomato-Mozzarella Pasta

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Well, you do have to cook the pasta! I made this up last week when my family and I were all starving and it was hot and I happened to have some fresh organic Rigatoni pasta from the Emmaus Farmer’s Market (which was delicious!). Everyone loved it and it was so easy, I would definitely […]

65 Can’t Come Soon Enough

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by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger A few years ago, I wrote a column addressing what I thought was the nadir of women’s self-esteem in the early 21st century. The topic was “hand-plumping,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like: a procedure that injects fat into your hands. It delivers a more youthful-looking […]

Sometimes You Just Need to Dig a Hole

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After a recent visit to my garden, I’ve come to the realization that I’m much more of a landscaper than a vegetable gardener. Don’t worry, I’m not giving up on vegetables, but I understand now that I prefer to plant a bush, tree, or flower and let it grow on its own, for as long […]

Mom’s Back-to-School Supplies List

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by the Rodale’s team It’s that time of year again! The season when back-to-school sales and advertisements  pop up everywhere and your shopping cart is full of pencils, backpacks, and notebooks. You might find yourself thinking for an inordinate amount of time about binders—or asking yourself why in the world Ms. Smith requires 50 red […]

4 Tips for Beating the Greenwashing Game

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by guest blogger Ava Anderson, natural-beauty expert and safe-cosmetics advocate We live in a world where companies use terms like “natural,” “botanical,” “pure,” and “free” when their products are actually full of harmful chemicals. These companies spend millions on slick advertising campaigns to get you to buy their products—stacking the deck again

A New Resistance

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by guest blogger Ed Brown, documentary filmmaker I really thought I’d learned enough about toxic chemicals to last a lifetime. After directing the film Unacceptable Levels, which took me more than four years to create, I really believed there wasn’t anything left to say. I knew that we have 80,000-plus chemicals in our system of […]

10 Reasons I Love Fútbol (That’s Soccer, for Ya’ll Americans)

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I didn’t grow up in a sporty family. Our primary sport was reading, punctuated by a few bicycle races in Europe (see #5). In fact, I can’t even remember a single sporting event on the TV in our house growing up, except the Olympics. Which, oh, yeah, my dad was in for skeet-shooting, and oh, […]

Crossing Life’s Finish Lines

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by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition This is a story about how love can help you to do extraordinary things—like making it through the finish lines life presents. I share it to inspire and remind us of the circle of life. It all begins with […]

Chocolate Chip-Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies from Scratch

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Continuing with my latest obsession with coconut, I had a hankering for chocolate chip cookies with coconut. And then I thought, “Why not add oatmeal?” These cookies are absolutely delicious. And even better yet, they’re as healthy as a cookie can get, since they’re organic and made with whole wheat flour. And now that we […]