Health & Nutrition Resources

Mental Illness Awareness

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The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Mental illnesses include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, addiction disorders and impulse control disorders. Mental Health America estimates that one in five adults in the United States will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year. Despite these statistics, there tends to… Read more »

September 26 is National Mesothelioma Awareness Day

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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 »

National Family Meals Month

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By Dawna Bennett, MS, RD, CDN September is National Family Meals Month, a nationwide event designed to start a conversation that encourages and inspires people to return to the kitchen to enjoy wholesome meals together. Families who frequently cook meals at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories, and members of the family have increased… Read more »

Tips for Seniors Coping with the Loss of a Spouse

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By Jackie Waters, Guest Contributor Your spouse was your lover, best friend, companion, shoulder to cry on and life partner. Losing them is one of the hardest things you will ever face. You knew it would happen someday, but in the back of your mind you kept telling yourself that day would never come. Grieving… Read more »

Back to School: Tips to Prevent Classroom Snoozing

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By Nicole Goben, MS, RD, CDN Do you have children heading back to school? Preparing for the school year is more than just packing new backpacks and lunch boxes, it’s also important to think about your child’s sleep schedule. Summer tends to bring later nights and relaxed mornings so it may take some time to… Read more »

Eating With the Seasons

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By Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN As seasons change, your grocery bag should too. Different fruits and vegetables are grown and ripened throughout the year, offering an array of selections from season to season. There are several benefits to consuming produce that has recently been harvested. Just ripened fruits and vegetables are at their peak nutritional… Read more »

Plant-Based Proteins

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By Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN Protein is an important component of our diets as it provides the building blocks for muscle, cartilage, and tissue. It is important to eat enough protein as we age because it helps prevent the loss of lean muscle mass. It is especially vital when recovering from surgery or illness at… Read more »

Summer Safety for Seniors

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Summer is in full swing and while there is much to enjoy about the season, it is important to look out for those around us who are more vulnerable to warmer weather. We can all be affected by heat and humidity, but seniors have particular risks that need to be understood and monitored. Tips for… Read more »

Picnic Safety: Tips for Cooking Outdoors

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By Dawna Bennett, MS, RD, CDN Happy summer! It is officially picnic and barbecue season – the perfect opportunity for outdoor fun with family and friends. To ensure your outdoor event is memorable for all the right reasons, here are some important tips to consider to keep food safe: Keeping Things Clean Washing your hands… Read more »

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 »

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