Healthy Diets

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 »

The Benefits of Tea

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Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN Winter can get pretty chilly here in Western New York and one great way to keep warm is by making yourself a cup of hot tea. In addition to being a soothing beverage, regular tea consumption may help have some health benefits as well. Tea contains polyphenols, a type of antioxidant which… Read more »

Happy and Healthy Holidays

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By Jennifer Klein, RD, CDN It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go! As the holidays are quickly approaching, it’s important to remember to keep yourself healthy through all the hustle and bustle. Here are four suggestions for maintaining healthy weight and being safe this holiday season: Even though it’s a special… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Go Further with Food!

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By Dawna Bennett, MS, RD, CDN March is National Nutrition Month®, an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and embraced by community organizations throughout the nation. The theme this year is “Go Further with Food” and encourages people to develop sound eating and physical activity habits, learn… Read more »

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