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We’re BACK !

Wheeling Health Right “FARMacy WV-Prescriptions for Produce” is up and running once again for the third year! We are excited to enter the 2018 growing season full force to fight chronic disease in our patient population, our community, our county, and our state. West Virginians are the sickest population in the country with the highest … Continue reading “We’re BACK !”

Eating Clean

Recently while seeing patients in my office, I had a husband and wife who came in together. Both were new to the practice. Both of them were obese and had multiple chronic diseases including diabetes and high blood pressure. During the course of the history taking part of the visit, the wife told me that … Continue reading “Eating Clean”

Get Moving!

I used to think I walked a lot in my day to day routine. Up and down stairs, from room to room in the office, doing housework, seeing patients, the grocery store, gardening, to and from the mailbox…. Was I wrong. How do I know this? My new Fitbit. This thing is amazing and humbling … Continue reading “Get Moving!”

Kale and Cannellini Beans ( Greens and Beans)

Kale is not on most people’s “love it ” list. That’s usually because it is steamed or used raw and can taste bitter. This recipe reveals the secret that my grandmother passed down to me. Any vegetable tastes amazing if sauteed in garlic and olive oil! The combination of the garlic and olive oil kills … Continue reading “Kale and Cannellini Beans ( Greens and Beans)”

Hardy Winter Chicken, Bean, Vegie, and Tortellini Soup

This soup is great for a last minute supper for two or an entire family. It is a hardy and well balanced meal all by itself, and is a great way to sneak in lots of vegies! The prep time is amazingly quick especially if the vegies are chopped ahead of time. Serve with a … Continue reading “Hardy Winter Chicken, Bean, Vegie, and Tortellini Soup”

Be Proactive Not Reactive

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for you. Be proactive in preventing chronic disease. What’s that mean? That means stop waiting for your doctor to diagnose you with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, COPD or a myriad of other chronic diseases, and do something to prevent them. Remember Ben Franklin’s famous, ” an ounce of … Continue reading “Be Proactive Not Reactive”

The Trickle Down Effect

Over the last several years as I have listened to patients talk about the foods that they remember growing up, they tell of the cabbage and noodles, and the ethnic cuisine of kibbe, grape leaves, and home made pasta sauce that their grandmas cooked. When I ask if they have continued those traditions, they tell … Continue reading “The Trickle Down Effect”

Access to Health Care is Useless without Access to Healthy Food

We struggle in this country with providing health care to all of our citizens. The debate rages on about how to do this affordably , effectively, and fairly so that everyone benefits from the medications, provider services, and medical diagnostic testing and treatments that exist in the year 2017 to treat and cure illness.  Yet, … Continue reading “Access to Health Care is Useless without Access to Healthy Food”

Chef Gene’s Applesauce Cake with Zucchini

  Ingredients 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1 cup chilled applesauce 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 cup raisins 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup shredded zucchini Directions Cream butter or margarine with sugar. Add applesauce; beat well. Stir in … Continue reading “Chef Gene’s Applesauce Cake with Zucchini”

Chef Gene’s Pinto Bean Salad

Ingredients 1-1/2 cups dried pinto beans, soaked overnight and drained 2 medium tomatoes, chopped 1 medium onion, diced 1 red pepper, diced 1 green pepper, diced 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro For the vinaigrette 1/4 cup malt vinegar ( or any other vinegar of choice) 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup olive oil 1 large garlic clove, … Continue reading “Chef Gene’s Pinto Bean Salad”