COVID-19: Get the latest information, visitor restrictions, and service changes

HealthFocused

Educational health information to improve your well-being.

Posts in Nutrition

Close-up of a box packed with lettuce and carrots

Crop to Community Program Connects Local Farmers to Those in Need

May 12, 2020

For every problem, there is a solution—and when community-minded people put their minds and ideas together, they find innovative and creative solutions to multiple problems. That is how Augusta Health's Crop to Community program came to be. "There were many farmers in the community who, because of the COVID pandemic, have excess crops and livestock as a result of restaurant closures and reduction in other buyers. At the same time, and although we've always had people in need of fresh food options, the pandemic has increased the concern for those with food insecurities," says Krystal Moyers, M...Continue Reading

Mother making cooking with teenage daughter and younger son

Eating Well at Home: Reconnect at Meal Time

May 1, 2020

Augusta Health's Dietitians want to help you stay healthy and sane during this time. Here are some more tips and recipes from their " Making Meals Fun!" series. Ask family members to contribute meal ideas and then to help with some part of the meal process: from setting the table to prepping the salad to cleaning up afterwards. During this strange time, take advantage of mealtime and reconnect with your family. Take a "media break"- turn off the TV and the smart devices and talk with each other! What can you talk about?? Try telling stories or jokes or chat about things you will do this...Continue Reading

Mother and daughter looking into a pot while cooking

Eating Well at Home: Cooking With Your Kids

April 27, 2020

In our previous post by the Augusta Health Dietitians, we suggested to include the whole family in meal planning . In addition to suggesting recipes, even the kids can help with meal preparation. Here are more fun ideas that you might want to try out: Kathy Berger, RD, offered additional ideas for 'cooking with your kids". She recommended " make-your-own pizzas ." These can be made by dividing refrigerated pizza dough into 4 sections and rolling them out. Have each family member then top their pizzas with their preferred toppings and bake. Encourage creativity by offering several toppings,...Continue Reading

Mother chopping peppers with younger daughter. Dad sauteing with older daughter.

Eating Well at Home: Plan Meals Together

April 22, 2020

So many of us are dealing with a lot of change, stress and uncertainty during this time. However, in speaking with my fellow Augusta Health Dietitians, we have all agreed upon one "silver lining"—the connections we are creating with our family members during meal time. Instead of nights full of sports practices and homework, we are sitting around the table enjoying a healthy meal and each other's company. According to Augusta Health dietitian Cheryl Miller MS, RD, "One of the first things you can do as a family is to plan the meals together. Let each family member pick a night and they get to...Continue Reading

Woman placing a dish in the oven

A Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole with Pantry Staples

April 17, 2020

Augusta Health's dietitians understand that healthy eating can be challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like you, they've personally been facing the challenge of preparing healthy meals while limiting trips to the grocery stores. So they've turned to articles and blogs written by fellow dietitians in order to plan and prepare meals for themselves and their families. Over the next few weeks, they'll be sharing some of the healthy recipes and meal ideas that they themselves have prepared and enjoyed. If you are looking for assistance with managing your own diet and meal planning during this...Continue Reading

woman getting a jar from a pantry shelf

Tips for Healthy Pantry Staples

April 14, 2020

Augusta Health's dietitians understand that healthy eating can be challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like you, they've personally been facing the challenge of preparing healthy meals while limiting trips to the grocery stores. So they've turned to articles and blogs written by fellow dietitians in order to plan and prepare meals for themselves and their families. Here's their list of healthy pantry staples. Over the next few weeks, they'll be sharing some of the healthy recipes and meal ideas that they themselves have prepared and enjoyed. If you are looking for assistance with...Continue Reading

Woman choosing fruit at the grocery store

Grocery Shopping While Social Distancing

March 27, 2020

Quarantining and social distancing to prevent the spread and of the COVID-19 virus changes our habits and the way we do every day activities, such as grocery shopping and meal planning. Healthy meals are even more important in times of stress, though, so these tasks may be more essential than ever. Most grocery stores have expanded their services or changed their hours in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. If your grocery store has special hours for those over 60 or with compromised immune systems, take advantage of those hours to shop if you are eligible. They are usually early in the...Continue Reading

Young woman sitting on sofa feeling alone

Facts About Eating Disorders Everyone Should Know

February 27, 2020

February is National Eating Disorder Awareness Month, and we can think of few health phrases that could be more misunderstood than the term ‘eating disorder.’ It’s one of those things were the assumptions made in the popular consciousness can be incredibly damaging to those living with a disorder every day, so we wanted to start things off with a quick overview that might dispel some damaging misconceptions: Eating disorders are deadly Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are lethal. On its own, anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any...Continue Reading

Overhead view of fresh food spread across a table

Tips for Maximizing Nutrition

February 20, 2020

Getting the right nutrition to your body can seem like a very difficult ordeal. Most of that is a result of the dieting industry—for every new diet, there is a new nutritional super villain that must be kept at bay at all costs. While it can be true that limiting certain items from your meal plan can make an improvement on your health, following some fad diets can cause you to run the risk depriving your body of the calories and nutrition it needs in order to function properly. Getting proper nutrition doesn’t just come down to depriving yourself of certain foods—it is a game of both...Continue Reading

Senior couple looking out at a lake while hiking

Yes! You Can Age Gracefully- Here’s How

December 19, 2019

Aging gracefully isn't just about trying to look younger—it's about living your best life and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it. You can even get better with age, with the right care. Aging gracefully is more about being healthy than keeping the wrinkles at bay. Here are a few tips on how you can age gracefully! Exercise Exercising regularly can significantly lower your risk of diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, and can help you retain your mobility longer. Exercise also lowers stress and improves sleep, skin and bone health, and your mood. The Department of Health...Continue Reading

Pages