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What you Need to Know about Surgery and Diabetes

November 30, 2016

Surgery is sometimes unavoidable, and if you're one of the nearly 30 million Americans suffering from diabetes, getting your body ready for surgery is critical to ensuring a healthy recovery. Taking care of your body in the weeks and months leading up to your surgery can have a huge impact on how well your body is able to recover. How does Diabetes Affect My Body's Recovery from Surgery? Poor Circulation People who suffer from diabetes have difficultly processing sugar which leads to elevated blood sugar levels. As a result of elevated blood glucose levels, arteries tighten up, becoming more...Continue Reading

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5 Tricks to Help Your Child Learn Healthy Eating Habits

November 25, 2016

Obesity has become an epidemic of the developed world, with more than 35% of adults categorized and 17% of children and young people between the ages of 2 and 19 being categorized as obese according to the State of Obesity . These are worrying statistics, especially since obesity can cause a wide range of health problems, including increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis, and more. These risk factors make it imperative for children to learn healthy eating habits as young as possible. Healthy kids become healthy adults, and to achieve this, education about...Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

Cooking a Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving Meal

November 22, 2016

Information compiled by Kara Meeks, MS, RD, CDE, dietitian and community liaison in Community Outreach at Augusta Health. Source: https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/events/thanksgiving "Agghh- my greatest memory from last year's Thanksgiving is getting really sick after eating the meal" said no one ever ! However, according to The Partnership for Food Safety Education , 1 in 6 Americans will get a foodborne illness this year. The Thanksgiving meal is often the largest and most complex meal many cooks prepare each year. Here are several tips to help keep you and your guests from getting ill: 1...Continue Reading

Pumpkin Stew - courtesy of American Institute for Cancer Research

Can Your Diet Prevent Cancer?

November 18, 2016

Mary Beth Landes MS RD CSO Information provided by Mary Beth Landes, MS, RD, CSO—Oncology Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Navigator in the Augusta Health Cancer Center. To contact Mary Beth, please call (540) 332-5522 or email mlandes [at] augustahealth.com . There is a plethora of information about food available these days. There are questions not only about which foods are "healthy" or "not so healthy" to consume, but also about how food is grown and prepared. This information may help you to reduce cancer risk reduction and to eat proactively to improve overall health. With fall upon...Continue Reading

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What is a Whole Grain?

September 7, 2016

September is Whole Grain Month, but what is a whole grain? According to the Whole Grain Council, which is a nonprofit consumer health advocacy group, whole grains- and the foods made from whole grains, contain all of the naturally occurring parts of a grain seed. What this essentially means is that 100% of a grain kernel is present; it has not been stripped or enriched. Some examples of whole grains that you may already include in your diet would be 100% wheat, corn, barley, rye, quinoa, rice, popcorn, and/or oats. It is recommended by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the average...Continue Reading

3 Things your joints will thank you for

3 Things Your Joints Will Thank You For

August 31, 2016

1. Shed Excess Weight Carrying around excess weight puts your joints under added pressure, especially your hips and knees. Research shows that losing 1 pound subtracts 4 pounds of pressure from the knees!! Lose 1 pound = Relieve 4 pounds of pressure Lose 10 pounds = Relieve 40 pounds of pressure To lose a pound a week, you need to burn about 3,500 calories more than you consume… or about 500 calories per day. This deficit comes from diet and or exercise, however, if joint pain is keeping you from exercising try making small changes to your diet. For example, eliminating a 12oz Coke will save...Continue Reading

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