July 4th is all about getting together and celebrating with your friends and family members. A big gathering typically means a lot of food is also involved. When there is plenty of food around, it is sometimes easy to forget to eat healthily. One way to make sure that you and your loved ones have a healthy fourth of July weekend is to prepare healthy options that look just as appetizing as other dishes. We want to share with you some of our favorite easy recipes that are festive for July 4th and great for the summertime. (more…)
Did you know that the skin is our body’s largest organ? Yet, we sometimes forget that it is important to protect our skin. Overexposure to the sun is dangerous and is linked to higher risk of developing skin cancer. During this summertime, make sure that you take steps to protect your skin as much as possible when you are outside and under direct sunlight. (more…)
This recipe has summer dessert written all over it. Refreshing and light for those soon to be too hot summer nights. Although it calls for a variety of melons (and variety never hurt anyone!), it would be equally yummy with just one or two kinds. This dish not only offers the benefits of calcium and protein rich yogurt, but heart healthy pistachios as well; while the mélange of melons will give you a nice variety of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Especially that cantaloupe, packed with vitamins A and C, potassium and a good source of fiber, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate. The crunchy brittle is a perfect topping for the soft and juicy melons. (more…)
Today cantaloupes are the most popular melon in the United States (actually, what we get here are muskmelons), but have their origins in Iran, India and Africa and were cultivated as long ago as 5000 years. They belong to a large family of melons as well as cucumbers, pumpkins, squashes and gourds. Although not knee deep in polyphenols as other fruit, cold slices of cantaloupe are just as refreshing and nutritionally dense. One cup of the fresh, cubed fruit is only 54 calories, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein. They are a very good source of vitamin A (108% of the DV) and vitamin C (98% of the DV) and potassium and a good source of fiber, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate. Its high water content and relatively low energy density compared to other fruits make cantaloupe a great option for quenching thirst in the hot summer. (more…)
The week leading up to Father’s day is Men’s Health Week (June 15-21, 2015). During this week, it is the goal of the community to increase awareness on the importance of preventative care and to encourage men and boys to lead healthy, positive lifestyles. (more…)
This is a 2 part blog. Part 1 discusses theories surrounding grains and Part 2 discusses useful tips on selecting grains.
Food and nutrition information can be confusing: one day a food group that we looked to for health benefits is considered beneficial, while the next day it is the center of negative attention. Lately, the media is jumping on the paleo bandwagon and villain-izing grains. Let’s use our “noodles” to examine the science behind the claims to make sense of it all. (more…)
So, we have figured out what social workers do, we’ve looked at the mental health the cancer patient is experiencing. Now, it’s your turn … the caretaker. You have a huge responsibility. You give your heart, soul and time to caring for someone you love. This might become your full-time job or you might be balancing it with your “real” full-time job. If that’s the case, you are working two jobs. Whew! (more…)
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!
Find your inner boogie body and start grooving to the music because dance-based fitness is back and here to stay. Whether you want to stretch it out in a ballet barre class, pump it up with a Latin-inspired Zumba class, or #throwbackthursday to jazzercise, dancing is fun and good for you, too! (more…)
Over the past few years, we have had the pleasure of having cancer survivors share their stories as our guest bloggers. Today, we would like to honor all cancer survivors by sharing with you some of the important lessons we have learned from their inspiring stories of survivorship. We hope you enjoy reading their incredible stories! (more…)
Written by Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RDN
I was asked recently if it’s important to prevent the body from being “too acidic,” for someone who has cancer. This topic has come up again and again over the nearly two decades during which I’ve worked in the cancer nutrition field. Given how common this belief is, it’s certainly worth discussing. (more…)