My Time as a Junior Volunteer

During my sophomore year at Winters Mill High School, I’d heard about the opportunity to become a junior volunteer at Carroll Hospital. At first glance, I assumed that volunteer work would focus around nursing and other work typically done in the health care field. This assumption was very far off.

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Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Tomatoes are nutrient packed produce that offer great health benefits. Tomatoes are a source of lycopene an antioxidant that gives them their color. Several studies have reported that intake of tomato products may reduce the risk of some cancers. Consuming tomatoes with a fat source such as olive oils increases the amount of lycopene absorbed.

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Fight the Flu this Fall

Carroll Hospital saw hundreds of cases of the flu last year, with the first confirmed case in September and the last in June.

The best way to prevent getting the flu is to receive a flu vaccine. But did you know that you should wait until after October 1 to get your vaccination?

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Melon Stripe Popsicles

Cool down this summer with a homemade, low-calorie, fruit-filled popsicle that the whole family will enjoy!

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Back-to-School Lunches

The return of the school year is right around the corner and with it comes the age-old question – what to make for lunch?

Here are some ways to make lunchtime a success:

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Stuffed Roasted Red Peppers

Red bell peppers boost your immune system due to high vitamin A and C content and have antioxidant properties, including beta carotene, which helps maintain healthy skin and vision.

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A Healthy Community Vision

The concepts of a healthy community have been immortalized in an oil painting commissioned by The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County.

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Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

Enjoy these easy-to-prepare baked zucchini Parmesan crisps, which can make for a great healthy appetizer or snack. Consider adding additional herbs and spices for an additional flavor boost.

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Medical Misconception: Poison Ivy

Each month we set the facts straight regarding a popular health and wellness myth.

This month’s misconception: How poison ivy is spread

For many of us, summer finds us enjoying the outdoors more. Maybe you went hiking in the woods or did some yard work, and a few hours or days later, you have an itchy rash and blisters. It looks like you’ve had a brush with poison ivy.

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Hummus

Hummus is a great choice for a healthy dip or condiment for sandwiches. Garbanzo beans, or chick peas, are great for an easy snack or a great salad topper. Garbanzo beans are rich sources of protein and fiber to keep you feeling full.

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