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You can learn an awful lot in a year, and even put that knowledge to some really good use. That’s where I stand – notice I didn’t say sit – as WNY Refresh celebrates its first anniversary.

After a year of presenting this section on health, fitness, nutrition and family matters, I can gladly report that I’ve found several ways to make vegetables taste better, to feel more fit and less worried about my health, and to hear less often from my daughters that I lecture them too much. Thank you readers, healthy Buffalo cooks, fitness trainers and teachers whose words and ideas have filled this Saturday section during the last 12 months.

And thanks to Dr. Zorba Paster and John Rosemond, whose columns have become a weekly staple of Refresh and whom I’ve had the good fortune to meet during their recent visits to Western New York.

I’ve found some of their advice easy to follow, like this from the good doctor: “Drink seven to 14 glasses of wine each week; just not all of them on Saturday night,” Paster said in October, during a health conference in Depew.

Some advice has been harder, like this from the parenting guru: Tell your kids, “Because I said so.” I wish I’d heard more of this when my girls were younger; at ages 20 and 22, that horse left the barn long ago. Still, the advice Rosemond gives to help your children understand the consequences of their choices resonates loud and clear.

During the last year, Refresh has included both local and national stories on the Affordable Care Act and the way it is reshaping health care. The latest is today’s “In the Field” (Page 14).

We’ve reported about fitness strategies and trends. We’ve showcased healthy eating ideas, including in our “What are you Eating?” feature, which returns in this space next week. And we’ve provided families with ideas about how to spend more meaningful time together.

Today’s cover story, on Pages 8-9, takes a look back at some of the local highlights when it comes to our core areas, and updates you on some of the interesting people we’ve featured. Also in recent months, we’ve enhanced our print coverage with the Refresh Buffalo Blog (blogs.buffalonews.com/refresh) – which readers have visited more than 70,000 times – and have a growing following at @BNrefresh on Twitter.

During the next year, Refresh will continue to offer a steady dose of solid information you can apply to your daily life, and look to give you an even greater appreciation of what groups and individuals are doing to improve health and fitness in the region, which certainly is among the ways we can nurture our children.

For those who might remember my first column, I can report that I’ve eaten quite a few beets, Brussels sprouts and asparagus spears during the last year – and no Ted’s onion rings.

I won’t talk about Super Mightys, except to say they’re now offered with ground chicken. … Thank God!