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Spending my holidays at the Florida Aquarium

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I hope everyone has been enjoying their holidays because I certainly did!  I had a chance to spend some time with my family in Tampa, Florida and I had a chance to stop by to the Florida Aquarium!  I learned so much about the nutrition, health and well beings of the animals.  This Aquarium has recently went through renovations and there were so many interactive exhibits that was available to the public.

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Some of the interactive touching exhibits that I have went to was the Stingray Feeding tour.  The stingray is a flat fish that lives in the seas around the world and they prefer the temperate, shallow waters. They aren’t an active fish, spending their time mostly hiding in the sand. With their flat bodies, they don’t resemble a fish, which they certainly are, and their bodies are supported by cartilage rather than bones. They are basically nocturnal animals and this is why our knowledge of their feeding habits is quite limited. In captivity, they usually eat more things than in their normal habitat due to the fact that they can eat whatever they are fed.  They are carnivorous animals, more precisely predators, feeding on smaller fish and other sea creature that they catch at the bottom of the sea. Their diet consists of mollusks, clams, shrimps, snails and other species of fish. They don’t have a hard time catching their victim and due to their sandy color, they can hardly be detected. They can trap their prey with scarcely a problem, as they just wait for it to swim by. They don’t have strong eyesight and they must rely on their sense of smell when detecting their prey. 1

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I then went to the interactive touching exhibit of the Horseshoe Crab Lagoon.  I had a chance to touch these crabs.  Some of the facts about the Horseshoe Crabs are that these crabs are part of the Arthropods which are make up around 80% of the world’s animals, so it’s a highly successful class.  These creatures live in the ocean or in the sand and are often very beneficial to the environment.2 Horseshoe crabs are extremely important to the biomedical industry because their unique, copper-based blue blood contains a substance called Limulus amebocyte lysate. The substance, which coagulates in the presence of small amounts of bacterial toxins, is used to test for sterility of medical equipment and virtually all intravenous drugs. Research on the compound eyes of horseshoe crabs has led to a better understanding of human vision. The marine life fishery collects live horseshoe crabs for resale as aquarium, research, or educational specimens, and the American eel and whelk fisheries use horseshoe crabs extensively as bait along many parts of the Atlantic coast. 4

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The last interactive touching exhibit was the No Bones Zone were my husband had a chance to touch the beautiful star fishes and sea urchins.  The starfish is a pretty sea creature, with its swirly-shaped arms dipping out at all angles from the fish. The usual number of arms is 5 or 6, but there are different species of the starfish.  The foods that the starfish, a predator, eats are bivalves such as clams, oysters and mussels. They also eat any slow-moving fish. Others eat material that has decomposed from plants or animals. It seems that anything within reach is gathered for mealtime.3

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The final favorite place that I stop by was the Penguin Promenade where the trainers let the penguins walk around the audience on a red carpet.  These African Penguins was so cute and but they love to go to bathroom ever couple of minutes. Penguins are not afraid of humans and they do not communicate through sound but though body language. Penguins are amazing creatures for having the ability to adapt to their living environment and climate changes.  The African Penguins diet consist of  krill, cuttlefish, sardines, pilchards, anchovies, small crustaceans and squid. The African Penguins also adds pilchards and anchovies to their diet.5

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I truly enjoy the Florida Aquarium and I will make sure to come back again!  If you would like to see some more pictures of the animals that I saw you can click here !

 Happy New Year Everyone!!

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References:

1, 2, 3, 5 –  http://diet.yukozimo.com/

4 – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – http://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/crustaceans/horseshoe-crabs/facts

 

Come to the Table – Promedica Presents – Hunger Is A Health Issue – Part 2

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This week at the Come to the Table Promedica Workshop at the Jimmy Carter Center in Atlanta, GA, I had a chance to listen to the panel discussion on what is working and what we need to work on  in the fight against hunger.

Harriet Giles, PHD, Managing Director from Auburn Hunger Solutions Institute and Director of External Relations, College of Human Sciences Auburn University – discuss about the Alabama model delivery trucks for the Summer Children’s Program which provides healthy meals for children during the summer months when school is closed.

Susan Respess – Auburn Hunger Solutions Institute and Vice President of Government Relations of Children’s of Alabama – talked about medical compliance relationship with kids access to food in order to take their medications.

Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling, PHD, MPA – Senior Adviser, Hunger Impact of AARP Foundation – discussed that the revised version of the My Plate has been very effective in the fight against hunger.  Ms. Lewin-Zwerdling did said what is not effective is that alot of the  50+ years older adult population are having a lack of money,  poor locations and availability to healthy foods.  This population group are usually tremendous effected by the food deserts in their communities.

Duke Storen, Senior Director, Research, Advocacy and Partner Development of Share Our Strength explained that 1 in 5 children have fallen into the category of food insecurity.  What is working to fight hunger is the school breakfast program, WIC, food skill education programs from individual grants and SNAP for low income children. What is not working is less participation in SNAP program.  What could work better is the benefits and funding levels of the SNAP program needs to increase particularly for the out of school time such as after school programs, weekends and summertime.  Mr. Duke Storen explained that there is more poverty is in the suburbs than in the inner cities.  Mr. Duke Storen gave us a Five Points Plan that will assist with eliminating hunger.

5 Points Plan

  1. Screening
  2. Direct Services – Ex. WIC
  3. Leadership
  4. Metric Driven Based Program
  5. Funding
  6. Advocacy

Debbie Britt – Board Member of the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) and Executive Director Community & Public Relations, Piedmont Fayette Hospital explained what is working is the collaboration with the communities with transportation issues to healthier supermarkets, helping the community with changing their lifestyle and having physical exercise programs at Senior Centers such as Zumba and providing Meals on Wheels programs.  Ms. Britt did explained what is not working is that hospital not understanding the importance of learning about nutrition and that Medicaid does not pay for nutritional services.

At the end of the workshop, Mike Beier from President and CEO, ContXt, gave us a  Engaging the Community to End Hunger:  Meeting in  a Box  Dialogue game where you can have a engaging group discussion about ways that the community can end hunger.  I can not wait to use this with my clients and community leaders. This one day workshop was a excellent event and hopefully we will have more voices who are willing to fight against hunger  and make it a health issue!

Come to the Table – Promedica Presents – Hunger Is A Health Issue – Part 1

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I had the excellent opportunity to come to the incredible 2nd annual Regional Summit Workshop on Hunger that was presented by Promedia and the Alliance for Hunger.  This workshop was held at the beautiful grounds of the Jimmy Carter Center in Atlanta, GA.  The workshop started off with Barbara Petee who is the Chief Advocacy and Government Relations Officer of Promedia.  She discussed about how obesity ties in with hunger and that hunger is a public health and moral issue.  She stated that the only way to find a solution to end hunger is to address it.

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Next came Lee Hammerling, MD works with Promedia as the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Physician Executive of Promedia.   Dr. Hammerling discussed about Promedia which is a community based, mission driven, non-for-profit business that is employee strategically focused and fiscally sound.  Promedia’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve.   Dr. Hammerling also discussed about public healthcare where the annual cost of hunger to every U.S. citizen is on pace to b e a rough amount of $42,400 per citizen over a course of a lifetime.  The overall cost of hunger to our nation’s amount to be at least $167,5 Billion.  Promedia believes that the healthcare system should take a leadership role – clinically, socially and economically. Dr. Hammerling spoke about how remission key risk factors and social determinants can impact a person’s health. Lack of transportation + lack of food = remission to hospital.

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Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service(FNS), U.S. Department of Agriculture spoke about the FNS Consumer Service mission to end hunger and improve nutrition in America.  She also explained about food insecurities that in about 360,000 households that 1 to more children simply do not get enough to eat.  This is the Healthy people 2020 ten year focus on economic cost, hunger cost and health disparities. Programs that have been fighting hunger for children are the  SNAP(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) which has been in existence for 50 years and WIC (Women, Infant and Children) which has been in existence for 40 years.  SNAP consist of the Commodity Food Assistance program,  Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act and Health Incentives.  There is also the FINI (Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program) which supports projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase such as Farmer’s Markets and mobile markets.

Next week, I will discuss about the Panel Discussion on what is working and what is not working with the fight for eliminating hunger.

National Nutrition Month 2014 – Enjoy the Taste of Eat Right with Health Concerns in Mind

On this last day of National Nutrition Month, I am going to discuss the health concerns of certain disease that diet can assist in playing a positive role to better health.  If you have a chronic condition, a carefully planned diet can make a difference. With certain diseases, what you eat may reduce symptoms. In other cases, diet can improve health. For example, eating a heart-healthy diet can help lower high blood pressure; this reduces the risk of both heart attack and stroke. Even if someone does not have high blood pressure, eating a heart-healthy diet may reduce the risk of heart disease in the future.

Click the link below of a video below to learn about how eating healthfully can prevent and manage many chronic diseases. An eating plan that keeps health concerns in mind will also incorporate your personal nutrient needs, food preferences, lifestyle and level of physical activity.

Eat Right with Health Concerns in Mind

For more information about National Nutrition Month go on to the website: http://www.eatright.org/nnm/#.UxEz-sRDuko

Whatever your lifestyle, a registered dietitian can help develop a personalized eating plan that fits your unique nutritional needs and tastes. Click here to see a Registered Dietitian from HEPSA Living Healthy.

Thank you so much for reading this blog for National Nutrition Month.  Please continue to send your comments and concern to HEPSA Living Healthy on any nutritional issues!!

From Denine Rogers, RD, LD of HEPSA Living Healthy – www.livinghealthy1.org

Registered Dietitian – Your Nutrition Expert!

Early this week I saw a interesting article about Dietitian profession is number 6 as a stress free career.  Click this link:  http://t.co/kkYPJa5MLw.   There are so many benefits seeing a Registered Dietitian (RD).  Here are some of the benefits from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics below:

RDs Improve Health Outcomes

RD’s have demonstrated improved outcomes related to weight management:

  • Studies show Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) provided by an RD to overweight and obese adults for less than 6 months yields significant weight losses of approximately 1 to 2 pounds per week.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)  provided from 6 to 12 months yielded significant mean weight losses of up to 10% of body weight with maintenance of this weight loss beyond 1 year.
  • Improved health outcomes using MNT by RDs have been published in the areas of diabetes, hypertension, disorders of lipid metabolism, HIV infection, pregnancy, chronic kidney disease and unintended weight loss in older adults.

Reimbursement for RD Services

  • RDs have a strong clinical and counseling background and therefore can effectively provide to Medicare patients Intensive Behavioral Therapy (IBT) for Obesity and help with the Annual Wellness Visit incident to the primary care provider.
  • Many private health plans cover MNT provided by the RD for a wide variety of chronic conditions.

RDs Provide a Positive Return on Investment

  • MNT is linked to improved clinical outcomes and reduced costs related to physician time, medication use and hospital admissions for people with obesity, diabetes, disorders of lipid metabolism and other chronic disease.
  • An RD- delivered lifestyle approach to diabetes and obesity improved diverse indicators of health, including weight, HbA1c, health-related quality of life, use of prescription medications, productivity, and total health care costs.  For every dollar invested in the RD-led lifestyle modification program, there was a return of $14.58.

So, if you want to speak to a Registered Dietitian then come to the HEPSA Living Healthy website: http://www.livinghealthy1.org/services.html

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The Need for Fighting Against Social Injustice

DSCF0743Since the verdict from the Trayvon Martin Case recently came about there has been many questions of race and injustice.  I truly understand the angry of the verdict and the importance of fighting for social justice is very must needed right now.  The person who I know had fight his whole life about social injustice was Nelson Mandela.  It remind me what he had to go through during apartheid then unifying a country and becoming president.  A true overcomer!  I had an opportunity to go to Capetown, South Africa for the International Diabetes Conference and I did have a chance to go to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held imprisoned for over 20 years.  Getting to the island is very scary.   This island was surrounded by ferrous  waters that there was no way anyone can escape from the it.  You had to take a boat to the island where there was so many choppy waters, sharks and sting rays around you.

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The conditions during that time when Mr. Mandela was there at Robben Island were terrible for the mixed race, Asians and especially blacks.  There was also apartheid happening on Robben Island that the division of the races even down to the rations of foods that was given to inmates.  Below is a written diet plan that was given based on race.  Bantus means Blacks  and Coloured means Mixed Races and Asiaties means Indians.  This was terrible and incredibly wrong!

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I also had a chance to walk into Mr. Mandela’s small cell where he sometimes had to stay in there for days.  No mattress only a blanket and not to mention no bathroom.  Then I had the chance to go to the rock quarry where there was a place where the inmates had to cut limestone even though the limestone was not even used.  The hot sun was bearing down on us and had such a glare that I had a terrible time seeing anything.  Imagine working out there for 24 hours a  days 7 days per week with the hot sun on you and you can not see.  Now I know why Mr. Mandela was blind and he can not tolerate the light in his eyes.

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Even though Robben Island is no longer a functioning jail, it is a teaching museum where everyone and the future will remember about apartheid and to make sure it will never be repeated.  It was great to see that our guides where former inmates of the prison and friends with Mr. Mandela.  It was also incredible to see not only what Mr. Mandela went through but also see and hear what the tour guides gone through.

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Seeing the progression of Mandela from being a inmate to president of a country that was racial divided is truly amazing.  When we see the social injustices that are happening we need to protest against it and speak out what is wrong and make an effort to correct it.  Life is too short and we need to fight for what is right like Mr. Mandela and for Trayvon Martin memory.  Pray for Mr. Mandela for his health and his family.  Pray for Trayvon Martin and his family also.

Alive Tour and Expo – 2013

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Another Great Year  for the Alive Tour and Expo 2013!  I had the opportunity again to go to the the Expo and wanted to learn the latest gadgets and information in the Alternative Health field.  First I had the chance to meet with a harpist who heals the body with her harp.  Her name is Maya GG and her seminar was on Integrating Harp Therapy and Healing Music into Your Wellness Practices.  What is interesting in what she does is how she uses her harp.  She would place the back of the chair against the front of the harp so that the person who is sitting in the chair would feel the vibrations from the harp.  She would then tell you to close your eyes and ask a series of questions while plucking each string.  What she is trying to do is find out what notes that your body prefers to feel and hear.   Once you have told her which notes that feels good to you then she starts to play a melody based on that on chord.  When I tried this I felt my headache melt away.  Such a talented lady!  Check out her website for more information. Click Here.

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When I come across a product that I like and I sometime ask myself why did I not think of this.  Has that happen to you?  Well this is one of those products.  Cu’i is a pure 100% all natural watermelon drink.  Boy it taste good especially during a hot summer day. So check and purchase one at your local grocer.

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There were some unusual devices that were used to assist with pain issues such as the  Simple Oriental Medicine Wisdom,  This device is gold in color, round and has spikes all around it.  It is like having your own acupuncturist with you in your pocket.  It is supposed to hit the trigger points of the nerves to help heal certain pain problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle cramps and headaches.  I do not know if their claims are true but it was interesting to watch.

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Green Living was very big topic at the expo.  There was the green memory form mattress, the veggie oil conversion car where it uses vegetable oil as fuel,   and Atlanta Falcon Ovie Mughelli Foundation for a Greener future for our youth.

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I always like coming to the Alive Tour and Expo to see what the latest vendors are doing and selling in the Alternative Medicine field.  Make sure you go when the Alive Tour and Expo comes to your neighborhood.

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New Life for the New Year!

Say good-bye to 2012 tonight and ring in the New Year — healthfully.  For the start of the new year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has some healthy suggestions for this New Years Eve!

Since the New Year’s Eve parties can often last several hours, guests will be looking for a variety of foods throughout the night. If you are throwing a New Year’s Eve party, try some of these healthy and tasty ideas to make your party a hit.

Snacks and appetizers:

  • Slice fresh vegetables and serve with low-fat dip.
  • Low-fat popcorn, pretzels with mustard dip and baked tortilla chips and salsa make great snacks that can remain out for hours.
  • Fat-free yogurt tastes great when mixed with salsa and spinach served with low-fat crackers.
  • Mix salsa with black beans, baby white corn and cilantro with baked tortilla chips.
  • Hummus on flatbread or vegetable sticks.

Main courses:

  • Whole-grain breads, a variety of lean meats, veggies and low-fat spreads for sandwiches.
  • Chili with lean ground beef or turkey and serve in a crock pot at least 140º, allowing it to stay warm for hours. Serve with low-fat or fat free cheese and sour cream and whole-grain crackers.

Desserts:

  • Make apple slices and serve with warm, low-fat caramel dip.
  • Fruit parfaits with fat-free yogurt.
  • Fruit kabobs or angel food cake with powdered sugar and dark chocolate sauce.

If you would like to have your own New Year 2013 Lifestyle Coaching Consultation click to our website Living Healthy

Have a great and bless Happy New Year

from your health and wellness blog “Living Healthy Online” ! 

HEPSA Living Healthy Newsletter – Fall Edition

Finally HEPSA Living Healthy has published a newsletter for the Fall Edition!  This is a very special issue because we a focusing on Mindless Eating.  This subject have been in the media alot especially on the topic of obesity.  This free newsletter is full of wonderful information on health and wellness.

Some of the articles, products, classes and sevices that are a part of this issue are:

  1. The Powerful Effectiveness of Yoga to help alleviate the chronic pain, psychological functioning and mindfulness with Fibromyalgia.
  2. The importance of Vitamin E which  is the second most widely taken vitamin supplement in America today.  Why is it so popular?
  3. October is the time for Pumpkins so why not try to make a warm Pumpkin Bread.
  4. Would you like to have a nutritional or fitness consultation? Check out the newsletter to see about more of HEPSA Living Healthy Consulting services.
  5. Want to further your education and need continuing education credits?  Do not have any time to go to class but want a distance learning education?  HEPSA Living Healthy Newsletter will show what classes are available.
  6. View Beyond Organics and Youngevity highlighted products .

Now are you excited to read this Fall Newsletter, then click here for the HEPSA Living Healthy Newsletter.  Please post your comments about the newsletter in this blog.  Thanks and enjoy!

Nutrition at the Supermarket – Part 2

Last week blog we where discussing about Preparing to Shop for the smart nutrition-conscious shoppers and this week we will discuss about – shopping tips for good nutrition.

Good nutrition begins with the choices we make at the supermarket.  Nutrition-conscious shoppers follow a few simple strategies to make sure they bring home healthful foods.

Shopping Tips for Good Nutrition

Smart shoppers also check food labels, skipping products with  many “empty calories” in the ingredients, such as foods high in fats and refined sugars.  Ingredients to watch out for include:

  • tropical oils, such as palm oil and coconut oil, as the first or second ingredient;
  • sugar, whether in the form of corn syrup, fructose, honey, molasses or any other form, as the first or second ingredient;
  • fat content, shown in calories form fat (per serving) and in grams.  If calories from fat are not apparent, figure them at nine calories per gram of fat.  That sum should add up to less than 30 percent of the total calories per serving.

Further shopping tips for sound nutrition include:

  • avoiding heavily processed or instant foods and packaged mixes;
  • checking expiration dates on perishables foods, such as diary products;
  • choosing whole-grain breads and pastas;
  • passing up wilted vegetables and bruised fruits, as well as prepackaged produce that can’t be inspected individually;
  • shopping for fresh produce twice a week, so that nutrients are not lost during a long storage period.

Good nutrition at the supermarket is not really complicated.  Once you know the basics, it becomes second nature to look at food from a nutritional standpoint.  For more information on nutritional consultation check out the Living Healthy website:  www.livinghealthy1.org