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


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


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.


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.


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.

Come to the Table – Promedica and the Alliance to End Hunger

The Jimmy Carter Center in the Atlanta, Georgia

The Jimmy Carter Center in the Atlanta, Georgia


During this holidays season, there will be one out of every six people in the United States or more than 50 million people, including nearly 17 million children and 4 million seniors – faces hunger. Hunger is not just a problem in struggling Third World countries.  I was invited to come to the The Jimmy Carter Center in Atlanta, GA  to the Come to the Table – Promedica and the Alliance to End Hunger seminar and I was in shock with everything that I have heard.

There are 10 states with residents who are especially burdened with food insecurity and do not know where they will get their next meal.  The states are Ohio, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Nevada and California.  Americans facing hunger have limited budgets and are routinely forced to make difficulty choices with their limited resources.   One of the choices with the most devastating consequences is whether to buy food or the medicine and medical care needed to survive. Underweight babies are also at a higher risk of hunger as they age, further compounding the difficulties they face. Without access to good nutrition, particularly in their first three years of life, these children lack the solid foundation for physical and mental health, educational achievement, and economic productivity.  Adults experiencing food insecurity are at greater risk of developing type II diabetes and more likely to experience mental and behavioral healthy problems, including higher levels of depression and anxiety.

So what can we do about ending hunger?  Well, this seminar is going to answer this question and will show us how we can get involved in to make hunger a health issue that all our healthcare leaders can address to our Congress and other government departments and agencies.  Next week I will talk about the presentations that were discussed during the seminar.




Hoilday Healthy Ideas of Eating!

fruit cakeStill celebrating the holidays and getting ready for the new year? Eating too much unhealthy foods?  Well, before you the start of the new year, this is the  right time to change your eating habits.  I had a chance to do a writing contribution for the online news report called thegrio.com.  The wonderful Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN is a contributor of the  MSNBCs’ theGrio.com.  She had a chance to write an article on healthy holiday eating and she ask me to contribute my thoughts about different foods that are healthy to eat for the holidays.  I had a wonderful time in contributing with this article and please click this link below to read this excellent information article.  Thank you so much Constance Brown-Riggs for letting me contribute with you on your article.  What changes are you going to make for 2014 to start eating healthy?  Let me know by responding back to my comment section!


Have a wonderful bless 2014 year!!!

new year 2014

Reading the Food Labels for the Holidays – Part 2

happy holidays

The holidays are here and this is time for home cook meals with families and friends.  It is so important to start reading your food labels before cooking your meals.  Here is some more information about what to look for on a food label.

Total Carbohydrate

The total carbohydrate is a total of all the starch, sugars, and fiber in a serving of food.  You don’t need to single out sugar, just focus on the total carbohydrate number.  One slice of bread has 15 grams of carbohydrate, or “1 carb choice”.  Use this number to get a better sense of what the amount of total carbohydrate means on a label.  on the sample label shown, 1/2 pita has 19 grams of total carbohydrate, which is equal to about 1 carb choice.


Eating 20 to 30 grams of dietary fiber a day can be good for your health.  When shopping for crackers, breads, or cereals, compare labels to find one that is higher in dietary fiber.  A food is a good source of fiber if it has 2.5 grams or more of fiber in a serving.

So this week, enjoy your wonderful Christmas and Kwanzaa holidays!  Make them a very happy and healthy one!

Healthy Eating for the Hoildays

Cakes, pies, cookies and candy. The holidays are a time of feasting upon a variety of foods, including sweets. You don’t have to avoid all of your favorite treats during the holidays. Just remember to do portion control.

Desserts can be a part of a healthful diet when enjoyed in moderation. If you are going to enjoy some home baked goodies, forego the piece so big you need a steak knife to cut it and instead take just a sampling.

Also, adjust your other calories accordingly. If you’ve had or are going to have some sweets, cut back on calories in another meal.

Don’t forget to exercise. Thirty minutes of moderate exercise every day is important to resisting weight gain and keeping your body healthy.

It is easy to celebrate the holidays with your health in mind. With small menu changes, you can modify traditional holiday menus to lower the calories and fat content. Your friends and family won’t even notice the difference, except in their waistlines.

1 cup Original Menu:

  • 3½ ounces Turkey, dark meat, roasted, skin eaten
  • ½ cup bread stuffing
  • ½ cup Green beans, with almonds, cooked (with salt and margarine)
  • ½ cup Cranberry-orange relish, uncooked
  • 1 medium crossiant
  • 1 cup of macaroni and cheese with butter
  • 1 slice pecan pie
  • Total calories:  1818 ; Total fat:  83  grams

Leaner Menu:

  • 3½ ounces Turkey, light meat, roasted, skin not eaten
  • ½ cup Cornbread stuffing
  • ½ cup Green beans, fresh, cooked (no salt or fat added) (herbs and spices w/ butter powder)
  • ¼ cup cranberry relish
  • 1 whole-grain roll
  • 1 slice pumpkin pie
  • Total calories: 1184; Total fat: 48 grams

The leaner version contains less than 1/2 the calories and almost less than ½ the fat. Quite a difference with no loss of flavor.

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Holiday treats can fit into a healthy eating plan

Sweet treats, including cookies and cakes, are on many people’s minds and tables during the holidays. With increased focus on trans fats, the process of hydrogenation that makes liquid oils into solid fats, you may be wondering how you can enjoy these holiday goodies.

You can substitute traditional baking ingredients with healthier options to help lower trans fat intake.

  • Go easy on foods with “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated oils”
  • Switch to oils or trans fat-free margarines
  • Add healthy ingredients to cake or cookie batters, like raisins or toasted nuts instead of chocolate chips
  • Choose products that are trans fat-free.

In addition to limiting trans fat intake, think about cutting back on total fat by using fruit purees or yogurt in place of butter or other spreads.

No matter what changes you make in your holiday recipes to help reduce total fat intake, change slowly and substitute one ingredient at a time.

For more information on healthy eating check out the Living Healthy website: www.livinghealthy1.org

Dealing with Stress during the Holidays

As the holiday season gets more chaotic, people often find themselves eating even when they aren’t hungry.

Eating as a result of stress is common for many people. It’s often a learned behavior and one that many people don’t realize is the cause of their eating. If you find yourself eating every time things get a little stressful, take a minute to figure out why you’re feeling that way.

Write down what you are eating, how it tastes and most importantly, how hungry you are. If the answer is, not hungry at all, you may be eating in response to stress.

Curb these habits by continuing to journal how you feel along with what and why you are eating. With time, you will begin to recognize behaviors and can change how you deal with stress.

For more information on healthy eating check out the Living Healthy website: www.livinghealthy1.org