Posts by Barb Boose

Friday recipe: cauliflower and chickpea curry

Students in DMU’s Conservation and Sustainability Committee are active in encouraging the University and individuals to recycle, walk or bike instead of drive, use less paper and observe “meatless Mondays.”This national campaign is not intended to convince people to become vegetarian; rather, its goals are to help people seek healthier plant-based protein foods that, collectively, […]

— Barb Boose

I hereby resolve…

Jennifer LaRue Huget, the “eat, drink and be healthy” columnist for The Washington Post, recently interviewed some of her past sources for the column about their resolutions for “being healthful through the holiday season and beyond.” While a few are a bit too ambitious for me – such as Doctor’s Detox Diet author Christine Gerbstadt’sgoal […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: a real vegetable (and not pizza)

My teenage kids came home from school recently full of joy over something that made my blood boil: On Nov. 14, Congress released the final version of a spending bill that effectively allows pizza to be considered a vegetable in school lunches. The bill would block a rule proposed by the Obama administration that would […]

— Barb Boose

Seriously sugared

That many popular children’s breakfast cereals are high in sugar is not new news. What’s alarming is that over the years food manufacturers have done little to change that and may in fact be packing even more of the sweet stuff into those kid-alluring, colorful boxes. A study released last week by the Environmental Working […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipes: holiday treats

This time of year, I find myself fantasizing about colleague Katie’s peanut butter fudge, my spouse’s spritz cookies and the white-chocolate-dipped peanut butter Ritz cracker sandwiches my kids love. We humans are hard-wired to seek sweets, and the holidays are an easy time to get stupid on sugar. I’m not advocating for a ban on […]

— Barb Boose

Satisfied?

I’d like to believe health care professionals are committed to patient satisfaction, but going forward the level of “care quality” will take on greater importance: Starting in October 2012, according to Healthcare.gov, Medicare will reward hospitals “that provide high quality care for their patients through the new Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program…for the first time, hospitals […]

— Barb Boose

Be wise: exercise

Most people agree that exercise is good for one’s body. A recent study in Ireland offers evidence that it’s also good for our brains, and not just because we feel proud of ourselves for having gotten off the couch. In the study, reported in The New York Times, scientists had a group of sedentary male […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipes: holiday hosting

‘Tis the season of plenty…including plenty of unhealthy eating and mass consumption. I’m not being condescending; I’d be the first to elbow you out of the way should you get between myself and the peanut clusters. And I believe in moderation, including in moderation – it’s the holiday season, after all, and time for some […]

— Barb Boose

Saddened and gladdened

In this season of plenty, when my friends and I often bemoan the plethora of tempting holiday treats and eats around us, Kaiser Health News reminded me that an increasing number of American families experience hunger. KHN recently reported that the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis established a food pantry – one of the […]

— Barb Boose

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

This time of year, I love talking with family and friends about their favorite holiday traditions. My daughter, for example, loves that initial excavation of holiday decorations from the depths of a basement closet (although she’s less fond of putting them all away after the holidays – imagine that!). My son loves the December production […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: squash and apple saute

Linda Gobberdiel is president of the Iowa Food Systems Council Board of Directors; co-convener of the Healthy Urban Food and Farming Work Group; and one of our friends at Tallgrass Grocery Co-op. She offers this simple recipe with several ingredients available at Tallgrass. Squash and apple saute 1 teaspoon olive oil 4 3/4 cup grated […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: turkey tostadas

Some people believe Thanksgiving is all about the food – well, in addition to actually being thankful – but the traditional meal of turkey, marshmallowed sweet potatoes, dressing and green-bean casserole is my least favorite eating “event” of the year. I don’t even like pumpkin pie. What I do like is the comfort of having […]

— Barb Boose

Make a change for Mother Earth

About three years ago, a group of DMU students began pushing the University to increase its sustainability practices. They wanted DMU to recycle more paper and plastic water bottles and reduce waste in other areas. Now an official campus organization, the Conservation and Sustainability Committee succeeded in getting the University to install several water coolers […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: go hungry

This Sunday marks the end of National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week,a national endeavor created by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness to promote education, action and awareness about these two critical issues. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2010 annual report […]

— Barb Boose

Polymorphonuclear neutrophilic leukocyte, Rah, Rah!

Nucleous, Pacemaker, Cardiograph – those are just some of the names of the Des Moines University yearbook published on and off since 1905. Lindsey Smith has launched an effort to scan the collection amid her other duties as archivist in the DMU Library and Kendall Reed Rare Book Room, where visitors can page through the […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: baked squash and apples

I hear more and more talk about the importance of eating “real,” and I’m convinced an important component of that is eating local. I appreciate that will require me to adjust my own expectations – for example, not fretting when I can’t get good fresh tomatoes in the winter, because fresh tomatoes don’t grow in […]

— Barb Boose

Just 116 years ago…

It’s hard to imagine medicine without x-rays, but the technology is a relative youngster in health care. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, professor of physics and director of the Physical Institute of the University of Wurzburg, Germany, stumbled on x-rays quite by accident working late one November night in 1895 in his laboratory. Today, Nov. 8, is […]

— Barb Boose

Celebrate National Radiologic Technology Week!

Yesterday, Nov. 6, marked the beginning of National Radiologic Technology Week, celebrated annually to recognize the vital work of R.T.s across the nation. According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), the celebration takes place each November to commemorate the anniversary of the x-ray’s discovery by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895. The […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: cilantro chicken

I believe good cooks are like artists, and I consider Lynn Rosetto Kasper among them. She’s the host of the American Public Media program “The Splendid Table,” which I try to catch every weekend for great recipes, cooking tips and fun conversations with avid foodies. If nothing else, check out last weekend’s recipe for fluorescent […]

— Barb Boose