LiveWell JOCO Blog

Stay informed with regular updates from the LiveWell Johnson County Blog, including tips for chronic disease prevention, healthy food inspiration, and news from the neighborhood.

Smokers and COVID-19

I’m a Smoker. Do I have Increased Risk of Severe Illness from the Virus that Causes COVID? Recent revisions on October 6, 2020 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reflect recent data supporting increased risk of severe illness…... read more

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins are the perfect recipe for fall. You’ll find pumpkin and cranberries to be a dynamic duo because of their nutritious (and delicious) offerings in this recipe from our friends at JoCo E. A. T. S. Thanks to…...

Diabetes Prevention Program

What a year you’ve been so far 2020! Balancing it all, whatever plates you’re holding up to keep spinning in the air, we know it’s challenging to say the least! Recent events have brought to the forefront risk factors such…...

Veggie-ful Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage us to add plenty of color to our diet and make half of our plate fruits & vegetables. Veggie-ful Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms are a delicious way to do just that! To get the conversation…...

Skillet Orange Maple Pork Chops

Serve these saucy pork chops up with your family’s favorite side dishes or consider sliced oranges & making our roasted broccoli in the oven while you’re at work on the stove top.  To get the conversation started around the table…...

Connect With Family During Eat Better, Eat Together Month

October is Eat Together, Eat Better month. Research shows that families who eat together tend to eat more nutritious foods in greater variety. Children eat more vegetables and drink more milk. These benefits are great, since we’re all about health…... read more

Spotlight on Cauliflower

Cauliflower has been enjoying its time in the spotlight and rightly so. It is very versatile, low in calories and brings nutritional benefits to the table, literally. Steam it, roast it, rice it, dip it or blend it in a…...

Pantry Skill – Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted tomatoes are an easy pantry skill to master. Roasting fresh tomatoes concentrates their delicious flavor making salads, hummus, pasta & sandwiches pop! Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamins like vitamin C and antioxidants including lycopene. Including them in…...

Spotlight on Spinach

“I’m strong to the finish ‘cause I eats me spinach!” Turns out Popeye the Sailor Man was right. With many essential vitamins & minerals and great health benefits, this fabulous functional food packs a powerful punch. 2 cups of fresh…...

Pantry Skill – Pesto

Is your garden full of basil or have you seen the fresh basil at the grocery store and wondered what you could do with it? We’ve got a tasty idea, homemade pesto. Enjoy this yourself, preserve some in the freezer…...

Spotlight On Carrots

Carrots are high in water content, low in calories, and have a low glycemic index, meaning that they will not cause your blood sugar to rise as quickly compared to higher-carbohydrate foods. With many superb nutritional benefits, carrots make the…... read more

Slow Cooker Peanut Sauce Pork with Zucchini Noodles

Slow Cooker Peanut Sauce Pork with Zucchini Noodles is easy to prepare in the slow cooker and uses premade zucchini noodles which can be found in the freezer section or produce section of the grocery store. Zucchini noodles are low…...

Pantry Skill – Toasted Almonds

Toasted almonds are more flavorful than raw and can really make a dish pop! Try them on salads, green beans, rice, stir fry, oatmeal, yogurt and even ice cream. They are an excellent food to choose often due to their…...

Spotlight on Cherries

Cherries are a delicious summer treat that contain several essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need to keep us healthy. With 97 calories per cup, cherries make the perfect midday snack. Nutritional Benefits Vitamin C helps our bodies to build…...

Honey Lime Fruit Salad

Honey Lime Fruit Salad is a flexible and easy fruit salad to serve family style. It adds a refreshing serving of fruit to round out the typical hamburger & hot dog grilled meals on these warm summer days. Honey Lime…...