• By Julie Stefanski
  • In Uncategorized
  • September 12, 2018

Harness the Power of Family Meals

by Karen Buch RDN, LDN Juggling jobs, kids and the demands of a busy, modern life often come at the expense of family mealtime at home. In fact, 63 percent of Americans decide what to eat less than an hour before eating. It’s easy to opt for take-out or fast food when schedules get hectic. But there’s science-based evidence to support […]


  • By Julie Stefanski
  • In 2018
  • March 7, 2018

Where Will Your Food Take You?

By Caroline West Passerrello, MS, RDN, LDN What does go further with food mean to you?   Your answer will depend on your food and nutrition goals, where you are headed and where you’ve been.  I’ve included a few of the more common ‘places’ people are looking to go with food and some tips to arrive […]


  • By Julie Stefanski
  • In Uncategorized
  • October 8, 2017

Pittsburgh Schools Aim for Less Waste & Better Nutrition with Smarter Lunchrooms Movement

By Michelle Algeo, RDN, PAND Media Team As the Health and Nutrition Coordinator for Pittsburgh Public Schools, Elizabeth Henry, MS, RD, LDN has a pearl of wisdom to offer any school district or other organization considering conducting a plate waste study: Do it. But be prepared to be floored by the results. “We did a […]


  • By Julie Stefanski
  • In September
  • September 26, 2017

7 Ways to Eat More Fruit and Vegetables

By Jennifer Lynn-Pullman MA, RDN, CSOWM, LDN I have been a dietitian for a long time. In 17 years of practicing the common issue many clients have is that they simply do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. Back in 1991 the Five a Day program was launched. The program is a public-private partnership of […]


  • By Julie Stefanski
  • In Blog Posts
  • September 13, 2017

Ring the Dinner Bell!

By: Laura Ali, MS, RDN, LDN Some of my favorite memories from childhood are sitting around the dinner table with my parents, brothers and sister. My mom made sure that we ate dinner as a family as many nights as possible. We talked, argued, played with our food but generally enjoyed that hour together as […]


  • By Julie Stefanski
  • In Uncategorized
  • September 6, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Butternut Squash

By Zachari Breeding, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND When people think “Fall,” they think of trees, leaves, squashes, and gourds. Butternut squash is but one example, along with the pumpkin, of a food in the squash family. Its versatility and flavor profile allow it to be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Known scientifically as […]


  • By Clancy Harrison
  • In 2017
  • August 9, 2017

“Nightshade” Vegetables + Inflammation

by Zachari Breeding, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND There is a lot of speculation out in the media, the internet, and in word-of-mouth conversation about nightshade vegetables and how they can contribute or worsen inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), arthritis, and even osteoporosis. But what are nightshade vegetables? They […]


  • By Julie Stefanski
  • In Uncategorized
  • June 28, 2017

8 tips for Cutting Back on Food Waste

by Laura Ali, MS, RDN, LDN The United States Department of Agriculture  (USDA) estimates that 30 – 40 percent of the food supply ends up as waste.  That translates to an estimated $161 billion dollars in food that ends up in landfills and millions of calories and nutrients lost, wasted money and increased methane gas emissions. […]


  • By Julie Stefanski
  • In June
  • June 13, 2017

Father’s Day: Focus on Family and Fun with a side of Food

By Caroline Passerrello, MS, RDN, LDN I know a lot of fathers, how about you?  The fathers that I know have varying ideas of what Father’s Day is all about and how it should be celebrated.  For instance, my own father prefers to act like the day doesn’t exist while the father of my child […]


  • By Julie Stefanski
  • In May
  • May 11, 2017

10 Better for You Cookout Recipes

By Jennifer Lynn-Pullman MA, RDN, CSOWM, LDN Memorial Day is around corner and so is BBQ season. Pennsylvania Dietitians are sharing their favorite and healthier recipes perfect for your next cookout. Why make the same only cookout favorites? Instead of the usual burgers, hotdogs, and potato salad, try something different this year! Beverages Peach Green […]