A Healthier U

By PEAK Health and Fitness

Zucchini for everyone!

Zucchini is so easy to grow, you can easily end up with a bumper crop. But don’t let it go to waste—it has lots of vitamin A, few calories, and it’s simple to cook. Try out these easy recipes.


½ lb. to 1 lb. ground beef

½ c. chopped onion

I pint tomato sauce

¼ t. basil

1/8 t. pepper

½ t. oregano

fresh garlic, minced

4 medium zucchini

8 oz. (1 cup) cottage cheese

1 egg

1 c. mozzarella cheese

3 T. flour, divided

Brown beef and onion; drain. Add tomato sauce, garlic, and spices to drained meat. In a separate bowl, combine the beaten egg and cottage cheese. Slice zucchini lengthwise in ¼ inch pieces.

In a sprayed 9”x 13” pan, arrange one layer of zucchini. Sprinkle evenly with 1 ½ T. flour. Top with cottage cheese mixture and spread evenly. Spread with half of the meat/tomato sauce mixture. Add another layer of zucchini. Sprinkle with the rest of the flour. Spread the mozzarella cheese over the zucchini. Spread with the rest of the meat mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the zucchini is tender.  Let stand for 10 minutes.


1 – 2 T. butter or olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

6 c. (heaping) sliced zucchini

½ t. oregano

1/8 t. pepper

salt or seasoned salt to taste

1 (8oz.) can tomato sauce

1 c. shredded cheese

In skillet, sauté onion and zucchini until tender.  Add tomato sauce and spices.  Heat through, stirring occasionally.  Add cheese and stir to melt.

Note: peeled and sliced eggplant may be added with zucchini.


With summer nearly upon us, you’re probably getting ready to break out your sandals and flip flops. And that usually means you’re scheduling a pedicure to get your feet polished, pretty, and ready to show off. But before you schedule your trip to the nail salon, here are a few safety tips that will help you get a healthy and gorgeous pedicure.


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It isn’t possible to die from embarrassment – unless that embarrassment keeps patients from getting checked for melanoma.

New research from the University of Pittsburgh and University of Utah shows dermatologists can reduce that possible embarrassment by doing two things: letting patients pick the gender of the doctor doing their full-body skin check, and letting them decide if they would like to have their genitals examined.

“We were actually surprised by how many patients had strong preferences regarding the full-body skin cancer examination,” says Aaron Secrest, M.D., Ph.D., a dermatology chief resident at the University of Utah, and the lead statistician on the study. “More than one in four patients had a preference for a specific gender in the examining physician.”

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