Health & Nutrition Resources

Stay Healthy with Handwashing

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By Nicole Goben, MS, RD, CDN Cold and flu season is upon us, so Handwashing Awareness Week (December 3-9) is a perfect reminder to wash your hands often! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, handwashing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of illness. Below are some of the basics… Read more »

Vitamin D-ficiency

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By Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN If you live in Western New York, you are familiar with the long, cold, snowy, winter months. It is common for people in this region to be deficient in vitamin D, which our bodies produce from sun exposure. Even if you stood outside for hours on a sunny day in… Read more »

Stack a Healthy Sandwich

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By Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN November 3rd was National Sandwich Day. What better way to celebrate than by brown-bagging your lunch this week and bringing a sandwich to work? It’s important to be mindful of how you build your sandwich to ensure you are balancing the right nutrients. Here are some tips: Bread: The foundation… Read more »

Respiratory Health

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The respiratory system automatically controls one of the most important functions of our bodies – breathing. In recognition of Respiratory Care Week, which takes place from October 22 to 28, let’s take a look at this bodily system and review some tips for keeping it healthy. The respiratory system is highly sensitive and works automatically… Read more »

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 »

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