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Welcome to our Healthy Topics Blog. This is where HealthCorps fans can get the inside scoop on healthy eating, lifestyle tips and what’s happening on the frontlines of HealthCorps. If you like something, leave a comment! We’d love to know what’s on your mind.

No Need to Go Fat Free But Choose Fats Wisely
by ahendel
October 6, 2015
For several decades, consumers have been told to follow low fat diets in order to achieve weight loss, better health, and specifically to reduce the risk of heart disease. Food manufacturers ...
Get Kids Up and Moving During Screen Time
by ahendel
October 5, 2015
With school back in full swing, kids are sitting for much of the day. Arriving home in mid to late afternoon, many of them park themselves in front of the computer ...
A Walk in Our Rose Garden
by ahendel
October 1, 2015
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 A Walk in Our Rose Garden Is Set For Tuesday, May 10, 2016 The Garden Gala is HealthCorps' largest fundraiser, which takes place annually in New York City. This year we ...
Manage Your Appetite Hormones with These Tips
by ahendel
September 30, 2015
Researchers have identified a number of appetite hormones that play a role in appetite regulation. Some names that you may or may not have heard of include: Amylin, CCK, Dopamine, Ghrelin, ...
Know Your Oils
by ahendel
September 29, 2015
A healthy diet should contain fats and oils but you do need to be selective. Yes, olive oil and extra virgin olive oil contain healthy monounsaturated fat, and vegetable oil, which ...
Basic Tips for a Beginner Exerciser
by ahendel
September 25, 2015
If you have never exercised before, then you need some basic tips to help you get started. Start by identifying a goal. You may want to lose some weight, increase energy ...
September 2015 Coordinator of the Month: Kristen Rulifson
by ahendel
September 24, 2015
HealthCorps is excited to announce Kristen Rulifson as our September Coordinator of the Month! Jeffrey Hartinger, the Social Media Manager at HealthCorps, spoke with Kristen about what influenced her to become a ...
Michelle Bouchard Appointed to Board of Advisors of the University of Houston Hobby Center for Public Policy
by ahendel
September 24, 2015
HealthCorps is excited to announce the appointment of our president, Michelle Bouchard, to the Board of Advisors of the University of Houston Hobby Center for Public Policy. Her service with the Board ...
Are You Allergic to Your Makeup?
by ahendel
September 23, 2015
Many makeup products contain a long list of ingredients, including stabilizers, preservatives, and in some cases vitamins like vitamin C and E. If you suspect that you may be allergic to ...
Some Great Ways to Serve Refreshing Watermelon
by ahendel
September 22, 2015
Watermelon is still in season and it’s one of the most popular warm-weather fruits. Here are some quick serving tips and a delicious watermelon salad recipe. Serving tip ideas: (1) Take a small ...
Tips So You Can Exercise Despite Skin Conditions
by ahendel
September 18, 2015
If you have a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis you may not want to exercise. Wearing skimpy clothes can showcase areas of your body afflicted with an unsightly rash, making ...
Alumni Spotlight
by ahendel
September 17, 2015
Ryan Fightmaster served as a HealthCorps Coordinator from 2012-2014 at ASTEC Charter Schools in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. During his time with our organization, Ryan motivated his students in a variety of ...
Don’t Forget Sun Protection as School Begins
by ahendel
September 16, 2015
It’s somewhat easier to be vigilant with sun protection when the kids are home in the summer, but sun protection is necessary year round. In most places across the United States, ...
Picking the Right Nutrition Bar
by ahendel
September 15, 2015
Nutrition bars can provide a quick and portable way to get a boost of protein, but many bars are close relatives to candy bars, high in sugar, loaded with too many ...
Is It Better to Jog or Run Full Throttle To Get Healthy?
by ahendel
September 11, 2015
A new study suggests that slow jogging may be a good choice for health goals. Sticking long term with a slow jogging program may be more appealing to the average exerciser, ...
HealthCorps Coordinators Are Back in School!
by ahendel
September 10, 2015
Many Coordinators have started their school year – happy and healthy. Below is a sampling of the programming they are sharing with students and faculty. Autumn Yoder at Ada High School in ...
An App That Will Inspire Teens to Kick Butt
by ahendel
September 9, 2015
It’s called qS, and it’s the quitSTART free App to help teens to “quit smoking,” though adults can use it too. Developed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) the app provides ...
High Protein Snacks Keep Kids Feeling Full and Energized
by ahendel
September 8, 2015
Snacks help to re-energize kids, which can be especially important during a long school day. It’s easy for kids to stay physically and mentally focused and delay hunger, when they eat ...
Tips to Make Sure You Are Exercising Safely
by ahendel
September 4, 2015
The payoff from your commitment to exercise should be increased muscle mass, weight loss, or a boost to your health. What you don’t want is to feel unrelenting pain, a possible ...
Scholastic Choices Highlights ASTEC Charter High School Students
by ahendel
September 3, 2015
Scholastic Choices magazine, the award-winning health and life skills magazine for teens, recently highlighted ASTEC Charter High School students in their Choices Changemakers series, which puts a spotlight on “teens who ...

Amy Hendel, P.A.

Known as The HealthGal, our resident Health Editor and blogger, Amy Hendel is a popular medical and lifestyle reporter, lifestyle expert, columnist and spokesperson. Trained as a Physician Assistant and nutritionist, she maintains a private practice as a Health Coach in New York City and Los Angeles, CA. Her first book Fat Families Thin Families (BenBella Publishers) released in June 2008 and offers a "family team" approach to helping families cope with obesity and its related health issues. The soft cover version released in June of 2010 under the new title, The 4 Habits of Healthy Families.

Amy currently hosts What’s for Lunch?, Food Rescue and Simple Smoothies at Healthination. She’s also a contributing health and nutrition expert at HealthCentral and Buddha Teas. She’s been a guest on Today, Good Morning America, FOX News, Access Hollywood Live, Marie! Rachel Ray, The 700 Club, EXTRA, and national and local news and talk shows. Past producer/Host of healthy home segments on HouseSmarts, Amy has also hosted Westwood One’s Good Eating Good Living, Lifetime's Stories on the Beach, HealthZone (PBS), and Pfizer's On the Road to Pain Relief. She's also a frequently quoted expert in national magazines and publications.

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