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Using fresh garlic, ginger, and herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, and oregano makes it easier to prepare great-tasting food, while reducing the need to use excess salt.

High in vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, fruit, and fish, the Mediterranean diet is associated with a significant improvement in quality of life. Many South Asian foods work well with it, and some simple changes can help you incorporate the Mediterranean lifestyle into

Children at Bait-ul Ilm snack on a healthy plate of vegetables.

Childhood obesity rates in the United States have more than tripled in the past thirty years, with many other western countries showing similar trends. What foods are children eating that may be contributing to this epidemic, and what can be done? Researchers at the US

Keeping a record of what you eat for a few days will help you to know your habits and consider what changes you can make.

Small lifestyle changes are easier to sustain and are more likely to last. Making a drastic change is difficult and less likely to be successful. Rather than focusing on immediate results, it is better to take things one step at a time and not to become discouraged.

Set goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely — otherwise known as SMART goals.

The start of a new year is a great time to make improvements to your lifestyle habits, whether by being more active or cooking more healthily. Setting SMART goals is an effective approach that can be used not only for health, but also in other aspects of life.

Children, like adults, should be eating at least five servings of vegetables and fruits daily.

Few children are born with a liking for every vegetable, but researchers wondered if infants could learn to enjoy a specific vegetable, and how many tastes it would take. Their studies show that while it may take more than 10 attempts to get the child to try something new,

Eating dried dates are a good way to get your blood sugar up quickly after a fast.

Fasting is among the special observances that Muslims undertake during the holy month of Ramadan. Fasting radically alters the diet, slowing the body’s metabolism and sometimes causing discomfort. However, good health can be maintained by consuming adequate nutrients

Whole grains are a great source of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and can help keep you feeling full.

Are whole grains better for us than those that have been refined? Researchers at Tufts and Harvard Universities think so. Learn about the health benefits of adding whole grains to your diet.

Eating breakfast every day can help improve concentration, reduce hunger and maintain a healthy weight.

Are children who eat breakfast regularly less likely to be overweight? Studies suggest that eating breakfast every day can help improve concentration, reduce hunger and maintain a healthy weight whether you are young or old.

Choose food containing healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats over unhealthy saturated and trans fats.

There is no doubt that our bodies require fat, but did you know that some fats are healthier than others? All fats have different characteristics, so it is important to try to choose foods that contain the better variety, and cut down on those that could cause our bodies harm

Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling or preparing food ingredients.

You might think that you are sufficiently careful about food hygiene because you wash your hands regularly and store food in the fridge, but the dangerous germs and bacteria that lurk about your kitchen can cause food poisoning. These tips on preparing, cooking, storing and

Not all burgers are bad for you. Try this wholemeal roll with turkey (or chicken) slices.

As a first year university student, Shazia Govindji can relate to the temptation of choosing fast food over fresh fruit, vegetables and a balanced plate. But she has some tips to share with fellow students in search of quick ways to eat healthier without blowing their budget

Water and fruit juices are among the sources of fluid that can keep you hydrated, and count towards your 6–8 glasses per day.

Summertime is when the warm weather draws many families outdoors to enjoy healthy activities. But unless we are careful, the heat can also lead to dehydration – a depletion of our body fluids. Here are some tips on how you can keep yourself and your family well-hydrated

South Asians and other dark-skinned ethnic groups have an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency; the best way to get enough vitamin D is to enjoy safe levels of summer sunshine.

When you expose your skin to the sun, your body makes vitamin D from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Most people will make enough of this “sunshine vitamin”, but certain groups of people may not be getting enough from the sun or their diet – and this

Kente cloth worn at a festival in Kpetoe Agotime, in the Volta region of Ghana. The colours and patterns of the cloth convey different meanings and are said to symbolically preserve the history, ethics and moral values of the people.

The continent of Africa is steeped in tribal and ethnic diversity. Its geographic regions in the west, east, north and south vary in language, religion and even cuisine. If you enjoy West African cooking, here are some tips to help you prepare nutritious traditional foods for

Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, is situated in a mountainous area overlooking the Gulf of Oman.

Over the centuries, the peoples of the Middle East have intermingled, blending their cultures and traditions. Yet they have maintained their own distinct foods, traditional dishes and flavours.

The use of fresh herbs, spices and dried fruits gives Persian dishes a distinct essence, texture and fragrance.

The cultures, traditions and foods with which Iranians mark special occasions are as rich as the country’s history. For instance, to mark Nowruz, the dining table is adorned with a special table cloth and seven dishes that represent new life, health, happiness

Eggs for breakfast provide a good source of protein and quite filling.

After a good night’s rest, your body needs fuel to kick-start the day. Everyone should make breakfast a habit, especially children. It provides energy throughout the day and improves your ability to concentrate.

Valentine's Day or not, looking after your heart is especially important for South Asians – particularly men – who are more at risk of heart disease than the wider population. However, there are many ways you can protect your heart whilst still enjoying

The year often starts with great intentions – perhaps you will join a gym, cut out fried foods, or decide to give up fast food – but will they stick? One of the best ways to keep your new year’s resolutions is to make sure they are realistic in the first

World Diabetes Day is observed every year on 14 November to raise awareness of diabetes. While there is currently no cure for it, those who are affected can still live a full life by carefully managing their condition.

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa is honouring Mawlana Hazar Imam with a doctorate honoris causa in the presence of the President of the Portuguese Republic on 20 July 2017. This event will be webcast at The.Ismaili/live starting at 2:00 PM Lisbon time (GMT+1).

Murad Bhaidani leading a discussion on Islam with Springman Middle School students.

Local students from Springman Middle School visit The Ismaili Jamatkhana, Glenview.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Aly Muhammad at the Global Centre for Pluralism, accompanied by Ismaili Council for Canada President Malik Talib and Farhad Mawani, Project Manager for the renovation of 330 Sussex Drive.

The coinciding of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation alongside Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee involves a fortuitous convergence not only of events, but also of ideals. The deep and abiding ties between the Imamat and Canada, built on a solid foundation of respect for diversity, compassion, justice, and human dignity, are sources of im- measurable pride for us Ismailis.

Mawlana Hazar Imam with prime ministers of Canada since the arrival of the Jamat in Canada in the early 70s.

Volunteers with Congressman Ted Lieu of the 33rd Congressional District

Ismailis Engaged in Responsible Volunteering (I-CERV) from the greater Los Angeles area showcased their civic pride by participating in the city of Santa Monica's annual Fourth of July Parade for the second year.