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Ontario County Department of Public Health

It’s like “delivering nutrition through the back door,” Maggie McHugh said.

McHugh is the senior nutritionist for Eat Smart New York’s Finger Lakes region. Her organization is partnering with Ontario County to encourage food bank donors to make healthier contributions.

“We provide resources and tools for community members to learn more what healthy food items that they can donate to their local food pantries are,” said McHugh.

Low-sodium canned vegetables or canned fruit packed in water instead of heavy syrup are examples of easy healthy donations, McHugh said.

It's being called one of the most promising breakthroughs in medicine, and researchers say understanding it better could transform how we treat a number of diseases. We’re talking about the microbiome. Maybe you’ve heard the term used in various health-related discussions, but what does it really mean?

We discuss how the bacteria in our bodies help us digest food, fight off infection, and affect our mood.  Our guests:

  • Dr. Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo, M.D., Ph.D., chief of pediatric allergy and immunology at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong
  • Dr. Antti Seppo, Ph.D., research associate professor in pediatric allergy/immunology at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dr. Helena Boersma, Ed.D., executive clinical director at the Ranch at Bethel

How Not to Die: the answer is probably to eat more plants, right? Actually, that's at the center of Dr. Michael Greger's new book. He's in Rochester on Monday night, speaking at the Rochester Academy of Medicine.

First, he visits Connections to discuss the dangers of moderation; the evidence for veganism; and his concerns with profit motives in the current health system. Our guests: