Ypsi-area programs tackle food insecurity by making healthy food easier to access

Will Kreznick
When Alex Ball was a teenager living with his family in downtown Romulus, the only grocery store in town closed down. 

“I’d never thought about food that much, but when the store closed down and our neighbors had no access to fresh food, I started wondering, ‘How can I fix this?'” Ball says. “So, at age 18, I started researching and reading and did some small-scale backyard farming.”

That first backyard garden kicked off a journey that would lead Ball to become a farmer at the young age of 18, eventually buying his own piece of land in Sumpter Township

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New juice bar opens in Staunton offering healthy to-go food options

Will Kreznick

STAUNTON — The rain was coming down hard Tuesday morning leaving a dull, wet cloud over Staunton. Yet, inside Raw Power, the vibe was bright and fresh — much like the new juices they are serving up. 

The new juice bar opened Tuesday morning on Augusta Street offering fresh juice, sandwiches, smoothies and more. 

Owner Shannon Harrington has teamed up with Jonas Shaffner and Jac Winters, formerly of The 101 (that bowl place) in downtown Staunton to bring freshly made juices and food. Harrington said after Shaffner and Winters announced they would be leaving The 101 a lightbulb went off.

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Healthy Food for a Happy Brain

Will Kreznick

(The Magazine Plus Editorial):- San Francisco, California Jun 22, 2021 (Issuewire.com) – The Covid-19 Pandemic caused an unprecedented decline in mental health. The population that has been most affected is our children.

School closings dramatically impacted children’s mental health. A key stressor was the loss of family services usually provided by local school districts. Many families rely on the meals that schools offer to feed their children and that they had a safe, supervised environment while their parents were at work.

The endless hours children spent on, isolated from their schoolmates, caused many children to experience depression, anxiety, and fear

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Healthy Food VS Junk Food: How To Train Your Taste Buds | Becky Smith

Will Kreznick

In the contest between healthy food vs junk food, can you train your taste buds? The answer is “yes.”

A wise and knowledgeable person told me years ago your taste buds will change, but I never understood just how true this is until recently.

We all know that some changes occur because it happens to us over time with many foods.

As you get older, it’s logical to acquire a taste for certain veggies and greens that you wouldn’t eat in your teens and 20s, right?

Foods most people used to crave when they were kids, like sweet cookies and

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10 Easy Tips for Lowering Your Processed Food Intake

Will Kreznick

Processed food is any food item that has been canned, cooked, frozen, pasteurized, or packaged.

You can enjoy many processed foods, including canned vegetables, frozen fruits, and pasteurized dairy products, as part of a healthy diet. However, some highly processed items are loaded with salt, sugar, additives, and preservatives, which can harm your health.

Reducing your intake of these highly processed foods is one of the most effective ways to improve your health and enhance the quality of your diet.

In fact, when people ask me for nutritional advice, cutting down on processed foods is one of the first things

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