Health & Nutrition Resources

Haunted or Healthy

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By Maria-Elena Damasiewicz Halloween can be a scary time for many of our diets! Here are some tips to practice during this spooky season: Practice moderation. Those “fun-sized” candy bars aren’t so fun if eaten in large portions. Each one can contain anywhere between 60-80 calories per bar, and can contribute to weight gain if… Read more »

Facts about Iron

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Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN What is iron? Iron is an essential mineral, meaning that the body does not create it on its own. Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, a part of red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body, including your muscles. Iron also contributes to healthy… Read more »

September 24 marks the start of Malnutrition Awareness Week

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By Kate Kane, RDN, CDN  Incorporating good nutrition into one’s daily routine plays an important role in the healthy aging process. Well-balanced nutrition can positively impact healing outcomes, prevent infections, and help maintain physical strength and independence. When an older adult is battling chronic health conditions they are at an even greater risk for malnutrition,… Read more »

Protein: Where is it found and how much should I eat?

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By Nicole Goben MS, RD, CDN Protein is a staple of a healthy diet. People of all ages require protein but it is especially important for older adults to eat enough protein to maintain strong healthy bodies and prevent muscle loss. Why is protein important? Protein is needed to maintain muscle mass, fight infection and… Read more »

Tips and Tricks to Finding the “Ripe” Produce

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Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN Have you ever bit into a peach only to find that it wasn’t as soft and juicy as you hoped it to be? Or perhaps you experienced a “chalky taste” when you crunched on some corn on the cob? While summer offers us an abundant array of seasonable fruits and vegetables,… Read more »

National Women’s Health Week

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By Nicole Goben MS, RD, CDN Not only is Mother’s Day a time to appreciate and honor your mother but it’s also the start of National Women’s Health Week! In this day and age women and mothers tend to be spread thin; between work and parenting, their own health concerns tend to drop off the… Read more »

The Health Benefits of Volunteering

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By Dawna Bennett, MS, RD, CDN Global estimates place the number of volunteers worldwide at 970 million. According to a study published by John Hopkins University, the hours volunteers contribute are the equivalent of more than 125 million full-time workers! Approximately one in four volunteers contribute their time and skills through not-for-profit organizations. Others do so… Read more »

What are Triglycerides?

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By Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN Triglycerides are the type of fat carried in our blood. They not only come from the fat in the foods we eat, but also the overconsumption of calories, sugar and alcohol. These excess calories are automatically converted to triglycerides and stored in the body as fat. Some triglycerides are necessary… Read more »

The Power of Probiotics

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By Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN Probiotics are microorganisms that reside in your digestive tract. Although harmful bacteria can make you sick, probiotics are often referred to as good bacteria as they help your gut function properly. Although researchers aren’t positive how probiotics work, it is thought they work by controlling nerves in your GI tract… Read more »

Article: The Facts Behind Senior Hunger

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The National Council for Aging Care has consolidated the facts and data surrounding senior hunger. From food insecurity to food deserts, risk factors and the impact of the economy on hunger, this article shows the important role that healthy food plays in maintaining health and independence. Read “The Facts Behind Senior Hunger.”

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