eat right1It's March, which means it is National Nutrition Month®! This year, the American Dietetic Association wants us to "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right."

Eating the right foods doesn't mean giving up flavor, nor does it mean that you have to exist only on carrots and celery. You don't even have to give up your favorite foods. With just a few adjustments, your everyday food choices can be healthy and tasty, too.

For instance, the double bacon cheeseburger and fries with a chocolate milkshake at the beloved local drive thru has 1,894 calories, 91 grams of fat, and 206 grams of carbohydrates. Even a healthy-sounding crispy chicken salad with ranch dressing and a sweet tea contains 1,366 calories, 81 grams fat, and 121 grams carbohydrates.

Both meals are nearly your whole day's calories in just one meal.

So, how does one go about enjoying good food without undoing his daily dietary intake in one sitting?

Make your meals at home.

This gives you control over the ingredients and the preparation, so you can significantly reduce the calories and fat content.

Give the cheeseburger a home makeover using ground turkey and a single patty, substituting seasoned sweet potato fries, and choosing a glass of chocolate milk. New meal total: 666 calories, 24 grams of fat and 118 carbs.

For the salad option home fix, using grilled chicken and a light ranch dressing and opting for a water with lemon reduces the calories to 505 calories, the fat to 25 grams fat, and the carbs to 15.

These meals still taste great, but they won't put a huge dent in your daily caloric intake. Even when you can't cook at home, you can still make smart choices when dining out. Check the menu for calorie counts, or look online for the nutrition facts. Avoid dishes that include words such as creamy, fried, buttery, and rich.

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These tips brought to you by Chelsea Masters, Registered Dietician, Licensed Dietician. 

On Wednesday, March 12th, the Southeastern Med Auxiliary will be hosting a community health screening event to help raise funds to provide equipment to enhance patient comfort and improve the facilities available at Southeastern Med.

Southeastern Med Auxiliary is dedicated to enhancing patient care through community fundraisers. This year the Auxiliary members chose to further enhance their community efforts by providing a fundraiser that will also directly benefit those underinsured and uninsured of the community, ages 18 and older.

The event begins at 7 a.m. and will conclude at 9 a.m. The event consists of a Health Profile Screening for $50. This screening includes a complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic panel, lipid profile, and hemoglobin A1C. Participants may choose to also have a TSH (thyroid) and/or a PSA (prostate) screening performed for $15 each. The Health Profile screening package requires a 10 to 12 hour fast. Those participating can still take any morning medications as usual with small sips of water only.

Registrations for this health event can be made by calling 740-435-2900. The event will be held at the Community Health Link at 1205 Clark Street, Cambridge, OH.

Could you develop colon cancer? How can you reduce your risk of developing colon cancer? What are the newest treatment options for colon cancer?

Learn the answers to these questions and more when you join us for Dine with a Doc on March 5, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Southeastern Med.

Dr. Sarap, a colon health specialist at Southeastern Med, will give an enlightening presentation about colon cancer, including recommendations for screenings, preventative care and healthy living.

The event is free, and light refreshments will be served.

Register by calling 435-2900.

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The Southeastern Med Auxiliary recently donated $24,000 to complete its pledge of $84,000 toward the purchase of a GeneXpert ® currently being used in the hospital’s Laboratory Department. This progressive system reduces turn-around-times for vital lab tests from days to hours, enabling doctors to make quicker, more informed treatment decisions. The Southeastern Med Auxiliary is dedicated to enhancing patient care through community fundraisers. This donation of $24,000 was raised through the Southeastern Med Auxiliary’s 21st Annual Wonderland of Trees event in November. Pictured with the GeneXpert ® (L to R) are Debra Banna, director of Laboratory Services at Southeastern Med; Marti Reed, Wonderland of Trees Chairperson; Bonnie Perkins, Wonderland of Trees Chairperson; and Suellen Johnson, president of the Auxiliary.

Ever wonder why some of us are more prone than others to colon cancer? Are there things we can do to lessen our risk of getting colon cancer? Join specialist Dr. Michael Sarap from Southeastern Ohio Physicians for an enlightening presentation on colon cancer. We'll also offer recommendations for screenings, preventive care and healthy living. Please register for the event online.

  1. Do not place blankets under the child or between the child and the harness straps. The soft, fluffy material will compress during a crash rendering the child much less restrained and can result in ejection from the seat. After market products such as head rests are not permitted. A rolled receiving blanket may be used for head support.
  2. This is also true with sweater and jackets. Use a lighter weight sweater or jacket on the child and then place blankets over the harnesses. The blankets with arms work well in the car; they stay in place and leave the child’s arm free.
  3. Objects left unsecured in the passenger compartment become missiles when brakes are applied quickly and in a crash. Objects travel at the rate of the vehicle until they come in contact with a solid object. This means the ice scraper you laid on the dash will continue to travel at 70 miles per hour during a crash on the interstate until it strikes you, your child, or other solid. Even at a slower speed these flying objects can result in severe injury.
  4. Carry extra supplies for use if you should become stranded in the snow, blankets, mittens, water, formula, food and toys to keep children occupied. These supplies should be kept in reach, but secured with a seat belt, cargo net, or other method.