What’s all this ‘beef’ about going meatless (occasionally)?

In 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that there were 58.7 pounds of boneless chicken and 51.5 pounds of beef per person available to eat in the US, but did you know that over 7.3 million people in the United States follow a vegetarian based diet? Many of you may ask “How do they get enough protein?” The fact of the matter is there are many foods that are great sources of protein that are not animal products.

The Sunshine Vitamin: Bone Health

When the clocks are set back and the weather starts getting colder, getting enough vitamin D can become an issue. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin made in the body with the exposure to sunlight. With less sunlight during the winter months as well as more clothes covering the skin, vitamin D intake through foods becomes even more important.

Gov. Pat Quinn Unveils Health Information Technology Grants for Heartland Health Outreach, Others

(Chicago) – Governor Pat Quinn on Saturday announced that federal funding has been awarded to three Illinois not-for-profit organizations, including Heartland Health Outreach, to help them upgrade health information technology services in under-served areas of the state. The grants totaling $1.3 million was made possible by the Illinois Office of Health Information Technology as part…

Video: 2012 Farm Bill – Less to Eat?

(Chicago) – Video: The 2012 U.S. Farm Bill currently being negotiated in Washington could empty the plates of Vital Bridges clients if $14 billion in food stamp cuts proposed by the U.S. House are approved. Health care strategist Deborah Hinde of the Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care/Heartland Health Outreach discusses the farm bill cuts…

U.S. Senate Farm Bill Slashes $4.5 Billion from Food Stamps Threatening 24,000 in Illinois

(Chicago) –The 2012 farm bill approved last week by the U.S. Senate cut $4.5 billion from federal nutrition assistance funding, which could eliminate food stamps for 24,000 already hungry Illinois residents, including 5,000 in Chicago. Those estimates were released today by a Chicago-based nutrition group which helps feed and sustain low-income people living with HIV/AIDS…

March is National Nutritional Month: “Get Your Plate in Shape” with Healthy Pasta, Italian Sausage Recipe

(Chicago, IL) – March is National Nutrition Month and that means everyone–especially those struggling with chronic disease–should “Get Your Plate in Shape.” “Get Your Plate in Shape” is this year’s national nutrition theme. But what exactly does that mean for you? How is Vital Bridges serving up this idea daily? “’Get Your Plate in Shape’…

Heartland Health Outreach Teams Provide Flu Shots, Blood Pressure Checks, Dental Exams

(Chicago, IL) – In November, healthcare teams from Heartland Health Outreach visited the Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Health north, south and west side program sites to provide health services to grocery and nutrition program participants. Nurse practitioners, medical case managers, physician assistants, and a dentist gave flu shots, checked blood pressure, completed medical history…