Health & Nutrition Resources

Understanding Food Labels and Ingredient Lists

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By Nicole Goben, MS, RD, CDN Trying to choose healthy products in the grocery store has turned into tricky business. Food companies may try to market their product to seem healthier than it is, and many consumers are tricked by their tactics. It is important to take a look at the nutrition fact label as… Read more »

June is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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By Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer ’s disease, which is a form of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Warning signs and symptoms include: • Memory loss • Challenges solving problems • Difficulty completing familiar tasks • Confusion with time and place • Problems… Read more »

Take Your Grocery Shopping Outside at Farmers Markets

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Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN As the warmer months are upon us, we’re often looking for ways to spend more time enjoying the outdoors. One entertaining and healthful way to spend some time in the sunshine is by visiting your local farmers market. Farmers markets are designed for local farmers to sell their products directly to… Read more »

Women’s Health Week

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Every year, Mother’s Day kicks off National Women’s Health Week. The observance is a reminder to women to make their health a priority and take better care of themselves. Women often have a tendency to put others’ needs first, whether that be their spouse, children, aging parents, friends, or coworkers. If you’ve ever flown on… Read more »

Talking Trash

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By Dawna Bennett, MS, RD, CDN Between 30 and 40 percent of food available in the United States goes uneaten – that’s as much as 20 pounds of food per person each month! Financially, this waste is significant as Americans are throwing away approximately 165 billion dollars in food annually, or $370 per person ever… Read more »

April is National Volunteer Month

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By Nicole Goben, MS, RD, CDN Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? It’s a time to honor and thank the people who work selflessly to make our community a better place. The work we do at Meals on Wheels certainly wouldn’t be possible without the help of volunteers. At Meals on Wheels… Read more »

Food Safety for Older Adults

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By Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN As we age, our organs and body systems go through changes that can increase the risk of foodborne illness. Therefore, food safety is very important for adults over the age of 60. What is Foodborne Illness? Foodborne illness, often called food poisoning, is any illness that is caused by the… Read more »

Elder Abuse Awareness

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Each year, an estimated five million older persons are abused, neglected or exploited. Learning more about elder abuse is an important first step in helping to reduce the prevalence of this issue and protect those you care about. What is Elder Abuse? The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) defines elder abuse as “intentional or… Read more »

Know Your Oils

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Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN One part of eating a heart healthy diet is including foods with beneficial fats called monounsaturated fats (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fats (PUFA). MUFA and PUFA are known as the heart healthy fats because when replacing the unhealthy fats known as saturated fats and trans fats in the diet, they can help… Read more »

Seniors and Mesothelioma

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Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer most often caused by a prolonged, occupational exposure to asbestos, and it is rarely diagnosed before the age of 60. It strikes seniors in disproportionate numbers, partly because symptoms don’t appear until 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. The cancer has one of the longest latency… Read more »

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