Aug 19, 2019
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Fiber and its importance in a healthy diet

Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet. Whole grains or foods made from them contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked), the food product should deliver approximately the same rich balance of nutrients that … [ Read More ]

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National Skilled Care Nursing Week 2019

The theme for this year’s National Skilled Care Nursing Week (NSCNW) is, “Live Soulfully” and it is from May 12-18, 2019. What are you doing for yourself and others every day? What makes you happy? How are you contributing to your happiness and the happiness of others?  Every day, skilled nursing centers assist our seniors … [ Read More ]

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Treating obesity in the older adult: Identify, Listen, and Ask

Obesity is a growing issue across all ages. Health professionals are making huge strides in understanding how to work with obese children considering their vulnerabilities, but often, we’re underestimating the vulnerabilities of our elderly population when it comes to treating obesity. In many skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and long-term care facilities, dietitians are still regularly using … [ Read More ]

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Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins are essential elements for normal human development.  Vitamins are found only in plants and animals and are organic substances which generate hundreds of chemical reactions throughout the body.  These include converting sugars and fats into energy and synthesizing proteins to create basic components of various cellular structures.  Vitamins can also help in healing wounds … [ Read More ]

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Nutrition and Heart Health

The heart is an incredible muscle that works to pump blood throughout the body. Unfortunately, many individuals struggle with not-so-healthy hearts. 1 out of 4 American deaths can be attributed to heart disease and 1 in every 3 American adults suffer from hypertension. High risk factors for heart disease include increased LDL cholesterol, decreased HDL … [ Read More ]

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Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats

There are 3 macronutrients that we all require in our diets:  carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.  These macronutrients are important for growth and maintenance throughout the lifecycle. Carbohydrates are one of the main nutrients in our diets and help provide energy for our bodies.  All starches and sugars are broken down by the body to glucose … [ Read More ]

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Dialysis and Diet

In healthy individuals, the kidneys filter and remove waste products from the blood, help maintain fluid balance and help maintain normal blood pressure by balancing electrolytes such as sodium and potassium, among other functions.  For individuals with renal disease such as chronic renal failure (CRF) or end-stage renal disease (ESRD) however, the kidneys are not … [ Read More ]

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National Nutrition Month® 2019

National Nutrition Month® is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In addition, National Nutrition Month® promotes the Academy and its members … [ Read More ]

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Nutrition Support for Wound Healing

There are many types of wounds including vascular, pressure ulcers and surgical wounds.  As we age there are changes in our skin that occur, such as increased skin permeability, decreased elasticity, decreased synthesis and impaired sensory perception. Elderly individuals with wounds can pose a challenge with healing due to these natural skin changes, their decreased … [ Read More ]

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Cancer and Nutritional Interventions

Good nutrition – eating a variety of foods that gives the body the nutrients it needs- is an important part of cancer treatment in helping to keep up strength and energy, maintain weight and the body’s store of nutrients, and lower the risk of infection, however cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation have side … [ Read More ]

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