Recipes from the quarterly challenge

Salsa INGREDIENTS 15½ oz. pinto or black beans 11 oz. corn kernels 2 medium tomatoes 3 green onions 1 large avocado 1 c. chopped fresh cilantro ¾ tsp. salt ½ tsp. Pepper Juice from 1 lime DIRECTIONS Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Gently toss to combine. Chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour….

High-Fiber Diet Tied to Less Knee Arthritis

Researchers have found yet another benefit of a high-fiber diet: It is associated with a reduced risk for arthritis of the knee. Knee osteoarthritis, which is common in aging populations, can be both painful and debilitating. Read more here.

Why poor workplace posture can lead to pain

Forward head, slumping shoulders, tilted pelvis. Sound like the Hunchback of Notre Dame in 15th-century Paris? Maybe, or just your average Joe and Jane glued to their cellphones and computer monitors in 21st-century Washington or just about anywhere in the world. We’re talking about modern-day posture — or lack thereof — and what it means…

Acupuncture Reduces Opioid Use After Surgery

Researchers find acupuncture effective for the relief of postoperative pain. In addition, the research team concludes that acupuncture reduces pain medication dosage requirements needed to achieve pain relief and reduces adverse effects caused by analgesic medications. Read more by clicking here.  

Bike To Work Day- May 19, 2017

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) is excited to celebrate the 20th annual Bike to Work Day in the Baltimore region on Friday, May 19, 2017. The celebration feature hundreds of cyclists at more than 30 events in the morning throughout the region. Read more by clicking here. Want to join the APL Cycling Club? Click here…

Keep watch for these three new labels on packaged foods

Food shopping can be a daunting experience. With roughly 20,000 new products introduced each year, decoding the nutrition facts and label claims on even a small fraction of them could keep you in the grocery aisle all day. The reality is that no matter how deeply we care about the healthfulness of the foods we…

So You Think You Can’t Meditate?

“Mindfulness,” we’re calling it, this desire to take a chunk of each day and simply live in the present. The New York Times recently released a story that might be worth a read for you APL staff that are considering the FREE meditation classes that the Wellness Committee is offering in 2017. Read more by…

Howard County slashes sugary drink sales

Advertising shapes behavior, a truism given new life by a recent anti-soda campaign. A county in the heart of central Maryland aimed a three-year onslaught of TV ads, digital marketing, direct mail, outdoor ads and social media against sugary beverages…. Read more – Click here!

Chicken Broccoli Mushroom Stir Fry

INGREDIENTS 1 pound chicken breast, cubed Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste 1 pound broccoli florets 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced 3 tablespoons oil for frying For the sauce: 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon ginger, minced 2 teaspoons sesame oil ⅓ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 cup chicken broth ¼ cup…

Meal Prep 101 for beginners

Ever wanted to spend your Sunday afternoon meal prepping for the week? Clicking here is a good place to start.