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Make Plans to Donate Life

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Did you know that you can save or improve up to 50 lives through the gift of organ and tissue donation?

Nationwide, nearly 120,000 men, women and children – including 3,000 Ohioans – are currently awaiting life-saving organ transplants. More than 6,000 people die waiting every year. The larger the donor registry, the better the chance these people will live.

Many types of organs can be donated, including:

  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Skin
  • Eyes

If you’re not already an organ and tissue donor, it’s easy to become one. You don’t have to be in perfect health – even people with poor eyesight can still donate their corneas.

You can register to become an organ and tissue donor at your Bureau of Motor Vehicles when you renew your driver’s license, or you can visit DonateLifeOhio.org.

You can also register to become an organ donor, right here at Southeastern Med. Chaplain James Story can facilitate all manner of end-of-life planning, including living will development and other advanced directives regarding your care. Contact the Pastoral Services Department at 740.439.8190 for more information.

Antibiotic Use

pills-225pxThere is no doubt that antibiotics save lives; however, misuse of antibiotics can result in resistant infections and deadly diarrhea called Clostridium difficile.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that Clostridium difficile is the top germ leading to healthcare-associated infections.

The CDC also released another report on improving antibiotic use among hospitalized patients, which includes recommendations and opportunities to improve the use of antibiotics as well as increase patient safety through the appropriate use and prescription of antibiotics.  

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Healthy Choices on the Go

salad1Do you find it hard to cook three meals a day? Is your schedule so busy that it's difficult to make healthy choices? 

Sometimes, it’s a lot easier to go out for breakfast or lunch because we just don’t have enough time to make breakfast in the morning or pack a lunch for the day, but eating out frequently can lead to bad habits in our diet and cause future health problems.

Even with a busy lifestyle, we can still make smart choices that lead to better health.

Planning ahead and preparing your meals in advance can be helpful. Take a few minutes each night to set aside your breakfast and pack your lunch for the next day.

According to ChooseMyPlate.gov, meals should consist of 50% fruits and vegetables, 25% protein and 25% percent grains. It is important to choose lean sources of protein such as chicken, turkey or fish, and whole grains such as whole wheat bread and brown rice.

Here are a few ideas for a quick and healthy breakfast:

  • Whole wheat toast with peanut butter and a banana
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Yogurt with fruit and nuts
  • Cottage cheese with fruit
  • Breakfast burrito with eggs, reduced-fat cheese, and vegetables wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla

And here are some tasty suggestions for a convenient, healthy lunch:

  • Whole-wheat pita with mixed greens, grilled chicken and light Caesar dressing, baby carrots, and a piece of fruit
  • Salmon lettuce wraps with light sesame Asian dressing, whole grain crackers, low-fat plain yogurt mixed with an orange
  • Tomato and cucumber salad with reduced-fat feta cheese, olive oil and vinegar, and tuna salad on whole-wheat bread, and an apple
  • Grilled chicken on a bed of romaine with shredded carrots, reduced-fat cheese and light vinaigrette, and a pear
  • Garden salad with canned or leftover salmon, tomato, cucumber and light vinaigrette, a whole grain roll, a bunch of grapes, and a glass of skim milk

These are just a few options that taste great and are easy to grab on the go. Even with a busy lifestyle, you can still make good food choices every day that will lead to a healthier lifestyle.

These tips brought to you by Mike Banchek, a student of dietary sciences at Stark State College.

 

Five Tips for Healthy Flavor

spicesResearch shows that taste is the biggest reason people choose one food over another, but healthy food doesn't have to taste like cardboard.

Here are five tips for adding more flavor to your meals while maintaining their healthy profile.

1. Keep time. Spices and dried herbs are only as good as their shelf life. This chart details the optimum storage time for spices in a variety of forms.

 

Seasoning Storage Time

 Whole 2-5 years
 Ground Spices 6 months – 2 years
 Leafy Herbs 3 months – 2 years
 Dehydrated Vegetables 6 months

 

2. Bring on the condiments. Add flavor with quality condiments, such as horseradish, flavored mustard, chutney, tapenade, or salsa.

3. Get smoking. Grill vegetables or roast them in a 450° oven to give them a sweet, smoky flavor. For added flavor, brush them lightly with oil and season with herbs such as dill or garlic.

4. Add garlic. Garlic can help lower high blood pressure and relieve the symptoms of atherosclerosis. Include it when sautéing vegetables, add it to pasta sauces, or include it in marinades.

5. Pep it up with peppers! Use red, green and yellow peppers of all varieties – sweet, hot and dried – to round out the flavor of any dish. A dash of red pepper flakes will kick up the spice factor, and could also relieve headaches and joint pain.

How to you add flavor to your favorite dishes?

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

Good Food Made Healthy

March is National Nutrition Month, and the theme for this year's observance is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right."

There's a common misconception that healthy food doesn't taste great, or food that tastes good isn't good for you, but with just a few simple adjustments, you can make a great tasting meal that's healthy, too. The key is to substitute processed, canned foods with fresher, more flavorful alternatives.

pasta1Take a look at what LiveBetterAmerica.com did with this yummy pasta dish.

By leaving out the bacon, using white-meat chicken, substituting reduced-fat cheese, and choosing a low-sodium canned tomato product they produced a healthy alternative that has 44% fewer calories and 75% less fat than the original recipe. They also substituted multigrain pasta and added fresh vegetables, herbs and seasonings for a nutrient and flavor-rich punch.

casserole1This recipe for spinach and rice casserole swaps margarine for heart-healthy olive oil, adds fresh vegetables, and opts for brown rice, creating a dish with 61% less fat and 43% fewer calories. We've made this one before, and it's delicious!

Give these recipes a try, and let us know what you think, or share your own healthy alternative recipes with us on Facebook!

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

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