Health & Nutrition Resources

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 »

March is National Nutrition Month

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March is National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education and information campaign held by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The theme for 2017 is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” encouraging us to start with small changes in our eating habits – one forkful at a time. Eating well is not an all or nothing scenario… Read more »

Love and Health

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By Dawna Bennett, MS, RD, CDN Love comes in many forms: the love between friends, spouses, partners, relatives, and even between pets and their owners can be transformative and can actually improve your health physically and emotionally. Love reduces stress, boosts immunity, reduces pain, and extends your life. And, believe it or not, your gut… Read more »

Diabetes Resources in WNY

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Have you been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes? You are not alone. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 29.1 million people, or 9.3 percent of the United States population, have diabetes. In those aged 65 and older, the percentage affected by diabetes rises to 25.9 percent. Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes, which puts… Read more »

Women and Heart Disease

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By Nicki Goben, MS, RD, CDN We’ve all seen that dramatic scene of a man in a movie suffering from a heart attack clutching his arm or chest and falling to the floor. However, we rarely see such a scene involving women. But did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of… Read more »

January is Thyroid Awareness Month

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By Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN Thyroid disorders effect nearly 200 million people worldwide. The thyroid is a small endocrine gland that is located at the base of the neck. Many people do not realize how important the thyroid gland is to normal body function, but it makes vital hormones that are secreted into the blood… Read more »

Folic Acid Awareness

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By: Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN The second week of January is Folic Acid Awareness Week. Many people have heard of the importance of folic acid for women of childbearing age, as adequate amounts have been shown to reduce the risk of the development of birth defects in early pregnancy. But folic acid is important for… Read more »

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