Health & Nutrition Resources

World Mental Health Day

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The World Health Organization recognizes October 10 as World Mental Health Day. The objective of this annual observance is to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilize efforts in support of mental health, which affects many people worldwide. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2014, an estimated 18.1 percent… Read more »

Hunger Matters

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Dawna Bennett, MS, RD Hunger exists in every county in the U.S., affecting 48 million Americans. In the Western New York counties of Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus, 180,670 people (13.4 percent of the population) are food insecure. What is food insecurity?  It is not having consistent access to enough nutritious food to lead a… Read more »

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

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Nicole Goben, MS, RD, CDN As our kids start boarding the school bus this year with fresh sneakers and lunch bags it’s a great time to start new habits to keep our kids happy, healthy and active! There are simple things we can do every day to promote healthy weight maintenance. The “5-2-1-0” daily program… Read more »

Back to School: Packing a Healthy Lunch

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Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN As this long, hot summer comes to an end, children are heading back to school and families are scrambling to prepare for the year ahead. While checking off items from the never-ending school supply list, it’s also a good time to start thinking about how you’re going to fill those new… Read more »

The New Nutrition Facts Label

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Jamie Vallone, RD, CDN You may be familiar with the Nutrition Facts Label, which is found on most packaged food products and lists the nutrients and ingredients that are contained in that food. What you may not know is that this label will have a new look in the next few years. The reason for… Read more »

Nutrition for Eye Health

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It’s a commonly held belief that eating carrots keeps your eyes healthy, and many people are aware that this is due to the vitamin A in these orange vegetables. While this is accurate, there is a bit more to the story, and there are many other foods you can include in your diet to promote… Read more »

A spoonful of gravy…

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Dawna Bennett, MS, RD Sensory loss is an inevitable part of aging and plays a large role in how people function in the world. Our senses connect us to our environment and include sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Losses in vision, hearing and taste are among the most prevalent conditions among elderly Americans. Sensorial… Read more »

July is Social Wellness Month

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Nicole Goben, MS, RD, CDN Did you know that the health risks of being alone or isolated are similar to the risks associated with high blood pressure, cigarette smoking and obesity? While we are constantly reminded about healthy eating and exercising, another important aspect of our health is our social connections. Research shows that those… Read more »

PROTECT AGAINST HEAT STRESS THIS SUMMER

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Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN Summer is here and hot weather can be dangerous. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can be a serious problem, especially for the elderly. Drinking fluids is an important way to prevent dehydration. Consult with your doctor if you have a medical condition that restricts your fluid intake.       Risk… Read more »

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