Friday, September 30, 2016

October Food, Nutrition, and Health Events

Current News, Resources and Events in Nutrition, Food, Health, Environment, Safety and Disability Rights. Encourages awareness and inspires ideas for Journalists, Educators, Consumers and Health Professionals. Wellness News is up-dated daily and includes weekly and daily events. To view the entire Newsletter online click here





October Monthly Events

October Health, Nutrition, and Food Events
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month

  Dyslexia Awareness Month 
Global Diversity Awareness Month
Learning Disability Awareness Month
Long Term Care Planning Month
National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

National Chiropractic Month
National Dental Hygiene Month 
National Depression Education and Awareness Month





National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
National Liver Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Crime Prevention Month 
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Orthodontic Health Month
National Physical Therapy Month  
National Protect Your Hearing Month
National Reading Group Month 
National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
World Menopause Month

Food Events

UNICEF

Tackling Hunger Month 
Halloween Safety Month
National Farm to School Month




Vegetarian Month
American Cheese Month 
National Apple Month

  


National Bake and Decorate Month
Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month 
Cookbook Month 
National Caramel Month 
National Chili Month 
National Cookie Month
National Country Ham Month
National Dessert Month
National Pasta Month
National Pickled Peppers Month
National Pizza Month 
National Popcorn Poppin' Month 
National Pork Month 
National Pretzel Month
National Seafood Month
National Spinach-Lovers Month
Co-op Awareness Month 
National Eat Better, Eat Together Month
Fair Trade Month
National Go on a Field Trip Month 
National Health Care Food Service Month
National Kitchen and Bath Month 
National Restaurant Hospitality Month
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month 
National Animal Safety Protection Month




National Papaya Month

The papaya is also known as papaw or pawpaw.  The papaya is a melon like fruit with yellow-orange flesh. The skin varies in color from green to orange. Papayas are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and dietary fiber.


The ripe fruit of the papaya is usually eaten raw, with or without skin or seeds. The unripe green papaya can be eaten cooked.  




Recipe
Papaya Salad with Tomatoes, Onions,
Peppers, Brown Rice, Black Beans







In the Disney film, The Jungle Book (1967), 
Baloo sings the song "The Bare Necessities."
Can you locate the papaya in the song?





Resources
Fruits and Veggies, More Matters. Papaya
Wikipedia, Carica papaya



Thursday, September 29, 2016

September 29
World Heart Day - Risk Factors


World Heart Day 2016 - Power Your Life 

Heart health is at the heart of all health. When you look after your heart it means eating and drinking well, exercising, stopping smoking... all the things that make you not only healthier, but also feel good and able to enjoy your life to the fullest.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and disability in the world, killing 17.5 million people a year. That's a third of all deaths on the planet and half of all non-communicable-disease-related deaths. Around 80% of these deaths are in low- and middle-income countries where human and financial resources are least able to address the CVD burden.

World Heart Day plays a crucial role in changing all of this. It is a vital global platform that raises awareness and encourages individuals, families, communities and governments to take action now. Together we have the power to reduce the burden of, and premature deaths from, CVD, helping people everywhere to live longer, better, heart-healthy lives.



The World Heart Federation exists to prevent and control these diseases through awareness campaigns and action, promoting the exchange of information, ideas and science among those involved in cardiovascular care, advocating for disease prevention and control by promoting healthy diets, physical activity and tobacco free living at an individual, community and policy maker level. There work is organized in four programme areas.
     Awareness
     Advocacy
     Applied Research
     Sharing Science and  Building Capacity

Over 70 per cent of all cardiac and breathing emergencies occur in the home when a family member is present and available to help a victim.


Learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stroke 


Warning Signs of a Heart Attack include:

* Chest discomfort, including squeezing or pain in the centre of the chest between the breasts or behind the breastbone
*  Discomfort and/or pain spreading to other areas of the upper body such as one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
*  Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
Other signs include: unexplained weakness or fatigue, anxiety or unusual nervousness, indigestion or gas-like pain, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, vomiting, light-headedness and collapse.

Warning Signs of a Stroke include:
*  Sudden weakness of the face, arm, or leg, most often on one side of the body
*  Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
*  Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
*  Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
*  Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
If experiencing any of these signs, which could come and go, call your emergency services/ambulance immediately.  If there is no emergency response number, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

CVD risk factors include:


*  Being overweight
*  High blood cholesterol
*  Tobacco use
*  Lack of physical activity
*  High blood pressure
*  Presence of diabetes

Visit the World Heart Foundation for more information.





Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016
National Women's Health and Fitness Day


National Women's Health and Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages. The event is always held on the last Wednesday in September.

This unique national program — with participation by local organizations throughout the U.S. — focuses attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women.

The goal of this event is to encourage women to take control of their health: to learn the facts they need to make smart health choices, and to make time for regular physical activity.

Because of its grassroots nature, the event provides an excellent opportunity for local organizations to showcase the health-related programs and services they offer to women in their communities.

There are some women who are so busy caring for their families and others, they neglect to care for themselves. On this day remind the women in your life to take steps to improve their health and prevent disease.

It is important for women to get regular checkups because: screening tests, such as mammograms and Pap tests, can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. Some women need certain screening tests earlier, or more often, than others. Screenings and routine care can help women lower their risks of many health conditions, including heart disease. 

National Women's Health and Fitness Day is a public/private good health partnership organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), a national clearinghouse for consumer health information professionals.
locations. An estimated 100,000 women of all ages will participate in the 10th annual National Women's Health and Fitness Day at hundreds of community locations across the country.

More than 1,400 groups across the country will host women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and other community.

Monday, September 26, 2016

September 26, National Pancake Day - Nutrition and Recipes

Celebrate National Pancake Day as a fun family activity.
Remember a stack of pancakes is not a single serving.




1 stack (20 pancakes) equals approximately 1600 calories


"Perfect Pancake" - "Sid the Science Kid"

What is a Pancake?
A pancake is a thin, flat cake prepared from a batter and cooked on a hot griddle or frying pan. Most pancakes are quick breads; some use a yeast-raised or fermented batter. Most pancakes are cooked one side on a griddle and flipped partway through to cook the other side. Depending on the region, pancakes may be served at any time, with a variety of toppings or fillings including jam, fruit, syrup or meat.

The pancake's shape and structure varies worldwide. There are numerous variations of them throughout Europe. A crêpe is a French variety of thin pancake cooked on one or both sides in a special crepe pan to achieve a network of fine bubbles often compared to lace - a savory variety made from buckwheat is usually known as a galette. In Germany, pancakes can be made from potatoes. In Italy they can be fried and stuffed with ricotta and chocolate into what is known as a cannoli.


Healthy Pancake Recipes

Click the links to obtain the recipes.

Oatmeal Pancake Recipe by Stella Juarez, yields 10 pancakes.
Nutrients Per Serving

Calories (kcal) 59.8
Fat (g) 0.9
Saturated Fat (g) 0.1
Cholesterol (mg) 0.4


Mr. Breakfast, Light And Tasty Lemon Yogurt Pancakes, yields 8 servings
Analysis is based on the use of egg substitutes.

Nutrients Per Serving
Calories (kcal) 104.2
Fat (g) 3.7
Saturated Fat (g) 0.3
Cholesterol (mg) 0.7















September 26, 2016 Family Dinner Day
The Rewards are Amazing.
Make the Time

Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™ is a national movement promoting parental engagement as a tool to help keep kids substance free. Family Day began as a grassroots initiative and has grown to become a nationwide celebration. In 2010 President Obama, all the Governors and over a 1,000 Mayors and County Executives proclaimed and supported Family Day!

More than a decade of research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has consistently found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.

Dinners Make A Difference! While there are no silver bullets – substance abuse can strike any family regardless of ethnicity, affluence, age or gender – the parental engagement fostered at the dinner table can be a simple, effective tool to help prevent substance abuse in kids.



Family meal time is an ageless tradition shared by people all around the world. Eating dinner together keeps the doors of communication open. It's a perfect time to show your children they are your priority. Studies have shown children who eat dinner with their families are less likely to use alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs and more likely to develop good eating habits.


Sesame Street: Eat Together!



Quick and Easy Meals to
Bring Families Together at Meal Time


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fruit and Veggies - More Matters Month


Fruits and Vegetables Key Consumer Message:

Dietary Recommendations 
for Americans, 2015 - 2020 
Fruits and Vegetables 

There are three reasons to eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables.
1. Most vegetables and fruits contribute a wide variety of nutrients, including folate, magnesium, potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamins A, C, and K. 
2. Consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced risk of many chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer.
3. Most fruits and vegetables have no cholesterol and are low in calories and fat. Eating more will help maintain a healthy weight.

From MyPlate.gov
What Foods Are in the Fruit and Vegetable Groups?

Fruits. Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the Fruit Group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.

In general, 1 cup of fruit or 100% fruit juice, or ½ cup of dried fruit can be considered as 1 cup from the Fruit Group. The following link lists specific fruits and amounts that count as one cup of fruit (or in some cases equivalents for ½ cup are noted.) MyPlate Fruits. 

VegetablesAny vegetable or 100% vegetable juice counts as a member of the Vegetable Group. Vegetables may be raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated; and may be whole, cut-up, or mashed.  Vegetables are organized into 5 subgroups, based on their nutrient content. Dark-green vegetables; Red and orange vegetables; Beans and peas (legumes); Starchy vegetables; and Others. 

In general, 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or vegetable juice, or 2 cups of raw leafy greens is considered as 1 cup from the Vegetable Group. The following link lists specific vegetables and amounts that count as 1 cup of vegetables (or in some cases equivalents for ½ cup are noted).  
MyPlate Vegetables. 


Safety with Fruits and Vegetables
* Rinse and wash fruits and vegetables before preparing or eating them. Under clean, running water, rub fruits and vegetables briskly with your hands to remove dirt and surface microorganisms. Dry with a clean cloth towel or paper towel after rinsing.
* Keep fruits and vegetables separate from raw meat, poultry and seafood while shopping, preparing and storing.


Teaching Kids to Eat Their
Fruits and Vegetables



Healthy Kids PSA: Color of Life

Bring color to your life, and your plate, with nutritious, delicious vegetables.
Visit
Fruits and Veggies, More Matters for healthy recipes, menus,
fruit and vegetable nutrition information, tips on healthy
meal planning and how to get your kids involved in healthy cooking!




Fruits and Vegetables Song


Resources





Saturday, September 24, 2016

September 24, 2016
Family Health and Fitness Day USA


Family Health and Fitness Day USA is a national health and fitness event for families always held the last Saturday in September. This year is the 20th Annual Family Health and Fitness Day USA and is set for Saturday, September 24, 2016. 

The event's purpose is to promote the importance of regular physical activity for children and their parents. Families will participate in health promotion events at hundreds of locations throughout the country, including YMCAs and health clubs, park districts, schools, houses of worship and state and local health organizations.



It's Family Time!

You can jump rope, ride bikes, and take a walk as a family. Remember to be safe by using sunscreen, bike helmets, and staying hydrated.

Friday, September 23, 2016

All About Whole Grains Month


Stop by the Whole Grains Council to learn more about whole grains and try some new recipes. 

Identifying Whole Grains 
Each Stamp also shows a number, telling you how many grams of whole grain ingredients are in a serving of the product. Even though the image above shows just four different numbers (8g, 23g, 16g, 47g), when you look on your grocery shelves you’ll see a wide range of numbers, reflecting the whole grain content of a serving of that specific product.



Examples of Whole Grains
Read the label and look for the following
whole grains as the first ingredient:

Amaranth 
Barley 
Brown Rice 
Buckwheat
Bulgur (Cracked Wheat)
Corn (Polenta, Tortillas, Whole Grain Corn/Corn Meal) 
Farro 
Kamut® 
Millet 
Oats, Whole Oats, Oatmeal 
Quinoa 
Rye, Whole Rye 
Sorghum 
Spelt 
Teff 
Triticale Wild Rice
Whole Wheat Flour


Recipe: Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash





Thursday, September 22, 2016

September 18 to 24, 2016 - International Clean Hands Week

Annually, the third week in September is
 International Clean Hands Week
A reminder clean hands prevent illness and saves lives.



The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness

1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating
2. DO NOT cough into your hands
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth



September 22, Dear Food Diary - A Secret to Weight Control

Today is Dear Diary Day, a perfect time to introduce the Food and Activity Diary (or Journal).

Food and Activity Diary

No matter how many great weight control programs are out there, the Food and Activity Diary is one of the key tools to successful weight control.


The research for my doctoral degree was on the study of people who successfully lost at least 20 pounds, kept it off for at least five years and were still at their desired weight range at the time of the study. I wanted to know if there were common factors leading to their success at maintaining weight loss. One of the factors turned out to be the Food Diary. Seventy-three percent of the individuals studied used a diary, journal or some form of record keeping.

You might be surprised by what you discover about your habits. It’s easy to overlook a handful of Parmesan cheese tossed on your pasta or the amount of salad dressing you use. In addition, you may notice patterns of eating; such as boredom, anger, sadness, happiness, or 12 noon. By becoming aware of habits, you can start to make changes.

A Diary is a record of your life in progress. Use the diary to record your daily foods, activities, thoughts and goals. You will lose weight and keep it off. And if you have the chance to read it ten year from now, you will have fond memories and a documented journey of your adventure and success.

The Food and Activity Diary was designed to be used by any weight control program. So whether your counting calories, carbohydrates, fat, proteins, points, or food groups you can easily use the Food and Activity Diary.

How to Use the Diary

Motivation, Inspiration and Positive Thinking. Start your day off on a positive note. If you start to slide, remember the positive thought for the day.

Record the foods and the amounts of everything you eat and drink, even one grape. Don’t forget to weigh or measure your food. In time, you will be able to guess the size, but for now make sure you have a kitchen scale, measuring cups, and measuring spoons. See the portion control section at Weighing Success for suggested measuring tools.

Be honest.
Do not write down a carrot when you just ate a hot fudge sundae.

Record foods right after eating, otherwise you may forget.

In the tracking column, note the number of calories, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, points or food groups you have consumed. The food plan you are on will determine what you will track.

Obtaining nutrition information on food products is easy today. Check the Internet, the nutrition label, or a book on foods and nutrients.

At the end of the day, total up your numbers and place them in the summary box. How did you do? There is also a place for you to monitor your activities or exercise, thoughts and goals.

At the end of each 7 days there is a week in review section. Look at what you have accomplished and set new goals. Practice positive thinking and complete the weekly self-awareness assignment.

Click on the link below to take you to a practice sheet and a seven day food diary. I have filled in the first day as an example for you to follow.

Seven Day Food Diary (pdf files)

Free Resources
USDA, Choose MyPlate 
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH. Daily Food and Activity Diary
My Fitness Pal. Nutrition Information. No need to join.
WebMD Portion Size Guide 

Dietitian Blog List