Saturday, October 29, 2022

National Oatmeal Day - Health Benefits

Oatmeal is ground oat groats or porridge made from oats. Oatmeal can also be ground oats, steel-cut oats, crushed oats, or rolled oats.

Nutrition Profile - National Oatmeal and Cat Day

Health Benefits
Consumption of oatmeal is known to help lower blood cholesterol because of its soluble fiber content. The popularity of oatmeal and oat products increased after January 1997 when the Food and Drug Administration allowed labels to claim it may reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a low-fat diet.

Nutrition Information
3/4 cup Oatmeal, cooked
1/3 cup Raspberries

Resources and References
1. Wikipedia: Oatmeal
2. Healthier Steps, 
Amazing Health Benefits of Oatmeal

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Monday, October 24, 2022

National Bologna Day

Aside from pork, bologna can alternatively be made out of chickenturkeybeefvenison, a combination, or soy protein. Typical seasoning for bologna includes black peppernutmegallspicecelery seedcoriander, and like mortadella, myrtle berries give it its distinctive flavor, U.S. Government regulations require American bologna to be finely ground and without visible pieces of fat.

Bologna sausage, Wikipedia   
Sausages and Food Safety, USDA  

Friday, October 14, 2022

October 15, Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day will involve millions of people in over 100 countries around the world. Global Handwashing Day (GHD) was created to:
• Foster and support a global culture of handwashing with soap.
• Shine a spotlight on the state of handwashing in every country.
• Raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing with soap.

Why Handwashing with Soap?

Handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. Together, they are responsible for the majority of all child deaths. Yet, despite its lifesaving potential, handwashing with soap is seldom practiced and difficult to promote.

Turning handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into a habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter. A vast change in handwashing behavior is critical to meeting the Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths among children under the age of five by two-thirds by 2015.

Global Handwashing Day focuses on children because they suffer the most from diarrheal and respiratory diseases and deaths, but research shows that children can also be powerful agents for changing behaviors like handwashing with soap in their communities.

When should you wash your hands?

·         Before, during, and after preparing food
·         Before eating food
·         Before and after caring for someone who is sick
·         Before and after treating a cut or wound
·         After using the toilet
·         After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
·         After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
·         After touching an animal or animal waste
·         After touching garbage
For more information on handwashing with soap, including research, tools, and news visit

It’s In Your Hands

Resources and References
1. CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
2. Partnership for Food Safety Education, Fight BAC!
3. The Scrub Club. A fun, interactive, and educational Web site that teaches children the proper way to wash their hands. The site contains interactive games, educational music, downloadable activities for kids, educational materials for teachers and program information for parents.
4. Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention) the program is a joint initiative of the CDC and the American Cleaning Institute. This program seeks to improve hand hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases and reduce related absenteeism. This grassroots, education-based effort can help improve health by making hand cleaning an integral part of the school day. Without proper hand cleaning, a single infection can quickly spread among students, teachers, family, and friends.

Friday, October 7, 2022

Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week

This week is set aside annually to honor healthcare food and nutrition professionals. 

Take this opportunity to thank those dedicated individuals who provide food and nutrition services in your facilities.

Thursday, October 6, 2022

What happens to the people effected by Hurricane Ian

Our hearts, strength, and prayers go out to those affected by Hurricane Ian. Hold on to your loved ones and pray. The next year, if not longer, will be different and sometimes really difficult. The hardest part is finding temporary housing and then the essentials.

Hopefully, you will never have to suffer a natural disaster, but many have. All of us experience natural tragedy differently.

How do I know?

On September 24, 2021, my home in South Florida was hit by lightning and caught fire during a strong thunderstorm, nothing like Ian. My son used siri to call 911, I was sleeping. He saved my life. We lost one of our pets, Snoopy, from smoke inhalation. The house was not liveable for over 10 months.

Bless the Red Cross for finding us a place for the first few days. After that, we became dependent on the Florida insurance industry. It has been over a year, and the house is still not done.

Searching for a place was difficult. I have a son who is quadriplegia. They were going to separate us. Finally, I found a bottom-floor apartment, I knew it was not accessible, but I felt we had no choice. We lived there for 10 months. They prepared the house so my son could move back in, except for the backyard. His ramp disappeared.

The fire was in the back of the house where I was. They are still not done and I haven't slept in a bed in over a year. They say be grateful you are alive, but as the blank walls go up nothing is familiar, I find myself crying.

40 years of my career lost with the backups. 70 years of family films gone. I lost all my clothes, shoes, books, photos, lesson plans, etc. I know I didn't lose my life, but in some way, I really did. I feel lost without a purpose. 

Jake made quite a few holes in walls and doors. The people and the area were nice, but it wasn't home.

Prior to the fire, I had a thriving practice providing nutrition information for recipes and menus in books, newspapers, and magazines. I still have a semi-active Social Media presence called @DieietitianOnline (on Twitter & Facebook). I provide basic nutrition education to the consumer and educator. I love teaching farm-to-table. I do social media as a volunteer.

The construction company has made some progress, but this should have been done 6 months ago. I only ordered items in stock.

This is my house 1 year later. The project manager forgot to order a bathroom, closets, and a ramp for Jake to get out in the backyard.

Sadly, at my age, we pee a lot, and I can't make it to the other side of the house in time, so I go outside with the dogs. Maybe Lola will learn to potty train from me.

I've brought you up to date. I wish I could say I am doing well.  Lately, I've lost my purpose, and I pray I get it back. I love to laugh and smile and miss it.

Maybe with the New Year, we will be filled with happiness and joy.  "Shanah Tovah" “May you have a good and sweet new year.”

Thank you all for your love and support.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Teal Pumpkin Project and Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)

About the Teal Pumpkin Project®

Every child should be able to experience the joy and tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween. But kids with food allergies are often left out of the fun since most candy is off-limits. Beware of small items a child can choke on.

Food Allergy Research & Education's (FARE) Teal Pumpkin Project helps make sure all children will come home on Halloween night with something they can enjoy. It just takes one simple act: offering non-food treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, as an alternative to candy.

Get Involved
1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available.
3. Free Teal Pumpkin Project Resources. Make the most of this year's Teal Pumpkin Project by downloading these free resources

Website: Teal Pumpkin Project
Facebook: FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project
Twitter: FARE

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