Today is Alert Day!

Written by Aoi Goto on March 24, 2015 | Reply

Today is American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day®, which is a “wake-up call” asking Americans to take a minute of their day to take their Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.  This short test involves 7 simple yes-or-no questions about your age, gender, family history, weight, and other risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.  Take the 60-second diabetes risk test to see if you are at low or high risk and share the test with people you care about to help raise awareness about this disease. (more…)

March Food of the Month – The Mighty Mango!

Written by Liv Scheinbaum on March 23, 2015 | Reply

One does not typically think of mangos while in the wintery throws of March. But one should! They have enough nutritional value to warrant this tropical indulgence and, lucky for us, they are available year round. Plus, they add a nice splash of color to the mid-winter blues, or grays, if you live in a cold, snowy climate. One cup of diced mango is around 100 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein and less than 1 gram of fat. It is an excellent source of vitamins A and C with 25% DV and 76% DV, respectively, and a good source of vitamin B6. (more…)

Give the Red Light to Red Meat?: Exploring the Mechanisms that Link Red Meat to Cancer

Written by Hillary Sachs on March 19, 2015 | Reply

It is pretty much common knowledge that regular red meat consumption is a risk factor for most cancers. There are several plausible biological mechanisms that link red meat to cancer. (more…)

Social Workers Are There For You – Their Only Agenda is to Help You

Written by Ann Fry on March 17, 2015 | Reply

When I was in college, wondering what I should do, I majored in Special Education, thinking it would be great to work with special needs children. It was very satisfying, but after four years of teaching, I started looking at what might be even more satisfying. It was then that I discovered Social Work. I applied and was accepted in a Master’s in Social Work program. I was ecstatic.

Although only a mediocre student before, I excelled in Social Work. I got straight A’s and was my student body president. Wow. The only reason I say that is because when you find what gives you passion, that’s the way to go. Becoming a social work therapist was the best thing I did. In fact, to this day, I say, “I’m at my happiest when I can be there to help others.” It’s also been an excellent foundation for teaching, coaching and consulting that I do now. (more…)

2015 National Nutrition Month®

Written by Aoi Goto on March 13, 2015 | Reply

National Nutrition Month®, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is an annual nutrition education and information campaign in March that allows for the public to gain and spread awareness about the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy lifestyle habits. (more…)

Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient—Pull Up a Chair For Your Health

Written by Liv Scheinbaum on March 10, 2015 | Reply

Each month throughout 2015, we will feature a different physical activity on our blog. We hope to highlight a variety of activities in this series so that you can find your favorite ways to move your body!

This activity post is for anyone who is…

- limited in mobility or unable to stand due to surgery or other reasons
- bone conscious and nervous about the impact of exercise on bones
- considering to get back into (or start!) an exercise regimen
- looking to put some pep in your step
- wanting to lessen fatigue
- hoping to mitigate nausea
- focused on increased joint mobility
- wishing to relieve anxiety, stress or depression
- simply in need of a mental health break (more…)

4 Steps to Feeding Your Brain

Written by Lauren Borg on March 5, 2015 | Reply

You may have read or heard recent news or media attention related to dietary food components and their influence on brain cognition. Unfortunately, scientists have not found any cure-all or definitive dietary prevention for decline in brain cognition, including diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.  There are, however, some healthful dietary practices that can promote optimal brain health.  The following guidelines will help you nourish your mind and body. (more…)

The Oral and Dental Conditions Associated with Solid Organ and Stem Cell Transplants: A Closer Look

Written by Lauren Levi on March 3, 2015 | Reply

Indubitably, solid organ transplants and hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT) are lifesaving and have transformed the field of medicine. Hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT) may involve either the transfer of stem cells from one individual to another, known as an allogeneic HSCT, or the return of the harvested cells to the same person known as an autologous HSCT. Nonetheless, these treatments are invariably linked to a variety of orofacial conditions mainly due to the immunosuppressive nature of the pre-transplant therapies. So what are some of these conditions? (more…)

My Secret Ingredient For Better Heart-Health

Written by Susan Levy on February 27, 2015 | Reply

No dieting necessary by following this guide…

After all my years of working in lifestyle change for patients and their families, I finally had time to concentrate on myself and what I discovered about my diet and maintaining a healthy weight can be summed up in one word: Fiber. (more…)

February Food of the Month: Bok Choy

Written by Liv Scheinbaum on February 24, 2015 | Reply

Oh, bok choy, let us count the ways we love you!

While not a festive red or pink food for this month of February, you will soon see why we think this vegetable should make it to your Valentine’s Day menu. Brimming with over 70 antioxidant phenolic compounds, this is one cruciferous to keep on frequent rotation in your diet. Aim for a serving of 1 cup cooked, at least three times a week (five times would be even better) and definitely mix and match with other cruciferous veggies.  (more…)

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