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St. Tammany Healthy Living for January 17, 2018 – The Advocate

GRIEFSHARE: A three-month series of Wednesday evening GriefShare meetings will begin with a session at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in Room 206 of the Cokesbury Building at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 360 Robert Blvd., Slidell. David Kidder and Debbie Watts will facilitate the sessions, which will include video presentations, discussion and a workbook component. A $15 donation is requested for the workbook. To register, visit www.griefshare.org or call the church office at (985) 641-5829.

MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION: Registration is open for free mental health education programs offered by NAMI St. Tammany. The programs, for people living with mental illness and their families, are designed to help establish and maintain wellness and recovery. A 12-week Family-to-Family course begins Feb. 20; a 10-week Peer-to-Peer course begins Feb. 21; and a six-week Basics course for parents of children with emotional or behavioral issues begins Feb. 21. To register, call (985) 626-6538. For information, visit www.namisttammany.org.

SLIDELL AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP: Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources will meet at 9  a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the community outreach center on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. For information, call Anne Galiano at (504) 812-9548.

WOMEN WARRIORS: Breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers will meet at 12:30  p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 280-6611.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: People living with cancer and their caregivers will meet at 2:30  p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. Remote participation is possible by calling (985) 280-8958 at 1  p.m. on group day.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: A bereavement support group will meet at 3  p.m. Thursday at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 280-6612.

NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP: The St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center new baby support group meets from 11:15 a.m. to noon every Thursday (except holidays) at 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. Join other mothers and their little ones (birth to 7 months old) to discuss child development and parenting tips with other parents, as well as professionals. Free. To register or for information, email ksupan@stph.org or call (985) 898-4435.

TAI CHI CLASS: The St. Tammany Parish Hospital offers free Tai Chi classes at 9 a.m. every Thursday, and meditation classes at 10 a.m. every Thursday, at the Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion, 16300 Highway 1085, Covington. The classes, led by yoga and Tai Chi instructor Erlinda R. Nye, are free and open to the public.

LAMAZE CHILDBIRTH CLASS: Relaxation and breathing techniques for natural childbirth, signs and symptoms of labor, and postpartum care will be discussed during a Lamaze childbirth class to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. Bring a pillow and blanket. To reserve a spot, call (985) 867-3900 or visit www.lakeviewregional.com.

LAKEVIEW REGIONAL AUXILIARY: The Lakeview Regional Medical Center volunteer auxiliary will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Pelican Room at the hospital, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington.

BABY LOVE: Expectant couples will get information about labor and delivery, postpartum care and pain options during labor from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 20, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit slidellmemorial.org.

YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS: 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Community Outreach Center, second floor, Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. Classes are free, but registration and medical release are required. (985) 707-4961.

EAT FIT: Dietitian Lauren M. Hulin of Eat Fit NOLA will give a presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, 1808 Front St., Slidell. The presentation is part of the chamber’s Dine Discover workshop series. Admission is free for members and $10 for others. For information, call (985) 643-5678 or email kristi@estchamber.com.

TOTAL JOINT CLASS: A physical therapist, surgical nurse, case manager and orthopedic nurse will discuss preoperative and postoperative care for patients undergoing total joint replacement surgery at 1  p.m. Tuesday in the Pelican Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. To reserve a spot, call (985) 867-3900 or visit lakeviewregional.com.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT: The Council on Aging for St. Tammany Parish caregiver support program lets those caring for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other age-related illnesses share their struggles and successes, guided by an experienced facilitator:

  • Sessions at the Slidell Senior Center, 610 Cousin St., are from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month; the next sessions will be Feb. 6 and Feb. 20.
  • Sessions at the Covington Senior Center, 500 Theard St., are from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month; the next sessions will be Tuesday and Feb. 13.

For information, call (504) 339-1757.

LIFE AFTER LOSS: Certified grief counselor Sue deRada will lead the Life After Loss grief support group at 11 a.m. Jan. 24, at Fatty’s Seafood Restaurant, 1300 Gause Blvd., Suite A1, Slidell. The cost is $10. To register, call (985) 630-6363.

CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS: The St. Tammany Parenting Center is scheduling appointments for free inspections of child safety seats. To schedule an appointment with the parenting center, call (985) 898-4435. Inspections are also held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Louisiana State Police Troop L headquarters, 2600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are appreciated. For information on the State Police program, call (985) 893-6250 or email greg.marchand@la.gov.

WEIGHT LOSS: Dr. Asahel Gridley will discuss weight loss programs, surgical procedures and how to determine the healthiest path to a healthier weight during a free Lunch Learn program at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 26, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. To register, call (985) 280-2657.

GIRLS HEALTH DAY: “Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be You” will be the theme of a Girls Health Day program from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 27, at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. The program, presented by the hospital and the Junior League of Greater Covington, will address girls’ health issues, self-esteem, healthy eating, fitness, puberty, ways to prevent bullying and social media/internet safety tips. For information or to register, call (985) 867-3900 or visit www.lakeviewregional.com.

PREPARING FOR CHILDBIRTH: When to come to the hospital, pain management and complications in pregnancy are among the topics that will be discussed during a childbirth preparation program from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 29, in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. To register, call (985) 867-3900 or visit lakeviewregional.com.

MALL WALKERS: North Shore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, will open for walkers at 7 a.m. Jan. 31, through a partnership with Slidell Memorial Hospital, to encourage people to walk with the advantages of the mall’s security, air conditioning and water fountains. For information, call (985) 280-8529.

COVINGTON GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: A general grief support group for adults who have suffered loss meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Madisonville Conference Room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. For information, contact Daniel Vanek, chaplain, at (985) 898-4562 or dvanek@stph.org.

BREAST-FEEDING CLASS: The benefits and process of breast-feeding, including positioning and latching, will be addressed during a class from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 3, in the Magnolia Room at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. To register, call (985) 867-3900 or visit www.lakeviewregional.com.

CONCERNS ABOUT FALLS: A eight-week “Fear of Falling” course promoted by the National Council on Aging will begin with a session from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 6, at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. “A Matter of Balance” is a structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fears of falling and increase activity levels. To register, call (985) 867-3900 or visit www.lakeviewregional.com.

TODDLING TIME: Parents and their children, 16 months to 2½ years, will play and learn together through music and movement, arts and crafts, and story time from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Feb. 7, at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. The February theme is “Eyes, Ears and Nose.” The cost for nonmembers is $24 per month, per child. For information or to register, call (985) 898-4435 or ksupan@stph.org.

BALLET: Kristen Zornman will teach a three-week series of ballet classes for children ages 2 and older at 2:15 p.m. Feb. 7, 21 and 28, at the St. Tammany Parish Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. The class costs $21 for members and $30 for others. To register or for information, contact ksupan@stph.org or (985) 898-4435.

SISTER SURVIVORS: The Sister Survivors support group for female cancer survivors meets from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb 7 at the St. Tammany Cancer Center, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. For information, call (985) 276-6832.

COVINGTON GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: A general grief support group for adults who have suffered loss meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month in the Madisonville Conference Room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. The next meeting will be Feb. 7. For information, contact Daniel Vanek, chaplain, at (985) 898-4562 or dvanek@stph.org.

CUDDLE BUDDIES: Parents of babies will have opportunities for learning and support, while their babies have a social playtime, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 8at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. The cost is $6 for members and $9 for others. For information, email ksupan@stph.org or call (985) 898-4435.

NEWBORN CARE: Feeding, diapering, swaddling and bathing are among the topics to be covered during a newborn care class from 7  p.m. to 9  p.m. Feb. 8, in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. To make a reservation, call (985) 867-3900 or visit lakeviewregional.com.

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB: The Better Breathers Club, a program of the American Lung Association, meets from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. The next meeting will be Feb. 8. The club is meant for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as their caregivers. To register, visit lakeviewregional.com or call (985) 867-4390.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: The Cancer Connection support group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the St. Tammany Cancer Center, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. Family members and friends challenged by a cancer diagnosis are invited to share experiences. For information, contact Jane Freudenberger at jfreudenberger@marybird.com or (985) 276-6832.

 DEALING WITH BLEEDING: Three hourlong classes on stopping bleeding will be held Feb. 14 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. Class times will be 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Participants will learn how to recognize life-threatening bleeding and how to stop it. To register, call (985) 867-3900 or visit www.lakeviewregional.com.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY CPR: An adult, pediatric and infant CPR class will be held from 7  p.m. to 9  p.m. Feb. 15 in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. Participants will view an American Heart Association DVD on CPR and view a mannequin demonstration. To register, call (985) 867-3900 or visit lakeviewregional.com.

MEDICAID ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE: The St. Tammany Council on Aging will provide free enrollment assistance for the Medicare Extra Help and the Medicare Savings programs in Covington and Slidell in the coming weeks. Extra Help helps people with limited income pay Medicare prescription drug costs such as premiums, deductibles and co-insurance. Medicare Savings helps low-income Medicare beneficiaries pay medical expenses and health care costs. To find out if you’re qualified, bring proof of income and Medicare insurance. The Covington session will be at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Covington Senior Center, 500 Theard St. The Folsom session will be at 10 a.m. March 13 at the Folsom Senior Center, 82010 Highway 25. The Lacombe session will be at 10 a.m. March 20 at the Lacombe Senior Center, 27397 Highway 190.

GIRL TALK: Girls ages 9-13 will learn about the physical, social and emotional changes of puberty during the Girl Talk session from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10,  in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Presenters will include pediatrician Alice LeBreton and dermatologist Taylor Hilton. Teens must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $15 per family. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit slidellmemorial.org.

BABY AND ME TOBACCO-FREE: Slidell Memorial Hospital is holding smoking-cessation programs for expectant mothers on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment. For information or to request an application, call Ashlee Menke at (504) 733-5539. 

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: Gamblers Anonymous meets several times a week throughout the New Orleans area. Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with one another that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. For information, call (855) 222-5542 or visit gamblersanonymous.org.

Article source: http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/communities/st_tammany/article_0b45a14e-f329-11e7-b5dd-43a6ebb62515.html

Healthy Living: How To Quit Distractions Cold Turkey

In the age of constant tech distractions, like smart phones and social media, it may be a little difficult to stay on top of all your tasks.

In fact, research psychologists at California State University say people rarely focus on a task for more than three to five minutes before getting distracted by texts, emails or social media.

In today’s Healthy Living, we have some smart tips to help keep you on track.

Productivity is contagious.

So if you have the option, sit next to a productive person at work.

One study says it will boost your job performance by 16 percent.


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Article source: http://www.9and10news.com/2018/01/17/healthy-living-quit-distractions-cold-turkey/

WACOG healthy living program offered

KINGMAN – Western Arizona Council of Governments is offering The Wellness Initiative for Senior Education Program.

WISE is a six-week program from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursdays beginning Jan. 18 at the Mohave County Library-Kingman Meeting Room, 3269 N. Burbank St. WISE is designed for older adults to help them celebrate healthy aging, make healthy lifestyle choices, and avoid substance abuse.

Space is limited. Call Melinda at WACOG at 928-377-4962 or email her at MelindaK@wacog.com.

WISE is a free program.

Article source: http://kdminer.com/news/2018/jan/17/wacog-healthy-living-program-offered/

Grant to help with park upgrades, healthy living

Amerine said Howland’s Bolindale Park and Warren’s Quinby Park will see improvements.

At Bolindale Park, plans are to build a disability community garden in conjunction with The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardeners, she said. The raised garden beds will be horseshoe-shaped and will allow for people in wheelchairs or those who can’t stand for long periods to garden from a seated position.

Jessica Gault, chairwoman of Howland Park Board, said, ”The board is excited about this project and to know that monies are earmarked for park improvements.”

Also being discussed for Bolindale are adding cornhole boards, a concrete walkway from parking lot to pickleball courts, electric hand dryers and other enhancements to restrooms and benches and picnic tables installation by pickleball courts.

There are plans to work with the Community Concerned Citizens II in Warren for improvements at Quinby Park, such as playground enhancements.

For Warren, plans are to use the money to create ”complete streets,” with Warren City Council having applied for additional grants.

”We want to make sure all streets are accessible to all modes of transportation, including pedestrian, biking, strollers, people with disabilities and driving,” Amerine said of improvements to sidewalks and curbing.

Farmers markets will continue in both Howland and Warren to promote healthy eating, with markets July to September at Bolindale Park and July to October at Quinby Park.

In Warren, there will be a tobacco-free initiative called ”Tobacco 21” to raise the tobacco-selling age from 18 to 21.

Amerine said there is a goal to make areas ”tobacco-free,” and last fall Tod’s Crossing housing was made totally tobacco-free on its properties.

”We had one year from September 2016 to September 2017 for people to be allowed to smoke inside their apartments, giving residents one year to quit smoking,” Amerine said, noting educational presentations and resources working with Mercy Health were provided to help residents.

She said smoke travels through ventilation and secondhand smoke affects other residents.

Beverly Hall, manager at Tod’s Crossing, said the collaboration with Trumbull County Creating Healthy Communities is ”effective and efficient” in educating the residents, and offering resources to assist Tod’s Crossing with an easy transition.

Creating Healthy Community meetings will be held 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Aug. 15 and Nov. 14 at Trumbull County Educational Service Center in Niles. An evening meeting will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 16 at Warren-Trumbull County Public Library.

Plans are to hold the Bike to Work Day in mid-May to promote exercise, with people riding on bikes that day. Planning for event will begin in February.

Article source: http://www.tribtoday.com/news/local-news/2018/01/grant-to-help-with-park-upgrades-healthy-living/

How to use (and not misuse) your fitness apps

With 45,000-plus fitness apps out there, we’re not here to share our favorite 11,781. What we do want to share are do’s and don’ts about them, courtesy of physical therapist James Lewis, clinical manager of Allen Sports SpineCare:

Article source: https://www.dallasnews.com/life/healthy-living/2018/01/16/use-not-misuse-fitness-apps

Healthy Living: Staying hydrated







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Leia Flure, registered and licensed dietitian joins us for Healthy Living. 

How much water do you really need per day? We’ve all heard the 8 glasses per day “rule” – is it true? General estimate, came about because 8×8 is easy to remember.

 

1. Everyone is different! How much fluid you need depends on a lot of things, including physical activity, if you’re sick, it’s hot out, etc.

 

2. It’s important to get enough fluids because dehydration can cause fatigue, constipation, headaches, and you may even eat more because many of us confuse hunger and thirst. So how can you tell if you need more fluid? Thirst not the best indicator because once you’re thirsty you’re already somewhat dehydrated.

 

3. For a generally healthy person, the best way to know is to look in the toilet bowl! Monitor your urine. Display glasses with different shades of yellow – where is the point where you should probably get some hydration? Urine should be clear to a pale yellow/straw color.

4. So how do you stay hydrated? It doesn’t have to mean chugging water constantly. Any food with moisture counts toward your fluid needs (SHOW GRAPHIC 1). Display: yogurt, fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, popsicles, etc. Beverages like soda, tea, coffee.

 

GRAPHIC 1:

High-Moisture Foods

· Fruits and vegetables

· Yogurt

· Oatmeal

· Soup

· Frozen fruit bars

· Beverages (water, soda, tea, coffee, etc.)

 

5. As far as drinking actual water… (SHOW GRAPHIC 2) Some people find it helpful to carry a bottle of water and sip on it throughout the day. If you don’t like plain water, use a packet of low calorie drink mix, infuse water with fruit, cucumber slices, etc. (2-4 cups of produce per gallon)

GRAPHIC 2:

Top Tips for Staying Hydrated

· Eat plenty of high-moisture foods

· Monitor your urine

· Carry a bottle of water and sip throughout the day

· Try packets of low-calorie drink mixes

· “Infuse” water with fruit, cucumber slices

Article source: http://www.illinoishomepage.net/the-morning-show/healthy-living-staying-hydrated/919332483

Healthy Living: Several conditions can disrupt heart’s rhythm

As an electrophysiologist, I treat the electric currents that keep your heart beating at regular intervals, and I’d like to share a few details on common conditions affecting the heart’s electrical system, and also tell you about some of the treatments available to fix these conditions.

First off, a healthy heart beats at approximately 60 to 100 beats per minute, and each beat is triggered by a small electrical impulse that prompts the heart muscles to contract, thereby pushing blood out of the heart chambers and through your arteries out into your body and to the organs where it is needed.

In some cases, these electrical impulses can be too fast or too slow, causing conditions that can potentially be very harmful or even fatal if not corrected. We can usually correct these fast heart rhythms with medicines or ablation procedures and the slow heart rhythms with devices like pacemakers. 

Let’s look at a few of the most common conditions. The first is atrial fibrillation, a common arrhythmia that originates from the top chambers and causes a broad spectrum of symptoms. This condition can cause very fast and uncomfortable heart rhythms and it can be treated with medications or an invasive ablation procedure. Another issue with atrial fibrillation is that it does increase the risk of having a stroke.

Another common condition is called bradycardia (“slow heart rate”), and this can have several forms. Many of them can cause symptoms like weakness and loss of consciousness. These are usually treated with implantation of a pacemaker, which acts to speed up the heart rate.

There are other heart conditions that can actually increase the risk of people developing arrhythmias, one of which can be ventricular tachycardia, which is a fast and potentially dangerous rhythm from the bottom heart chambers. Patients with certain types of congestive heart failure are at risk of developing this problem. Sometimes if we detect these conditions we can actually implant a device that is designed to detect and then treat these rhythm disturbances. These devices are called defibrillators and are similar to pacemakers but serve this added purpose. In many cases, I like to think of them as a type of insurance policy, for people at increased risk of a lethal rhythm problem.  

That’s a short lesson in electrophysiology, a medical specialty that encompasses evaluation and treatment of a broad array of both fast and slow arrhythmias. If you or a loved has an issue with your heart, keep in mind that getting the right medical information, diagnosis and treatment can have a profound impact both in protecting your life and enhancing the quality of your life.

Ralph M. DeBiasi, M.D., is an electrophysiologist on staff at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London.

Article source: http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/20180115/healthy-living-several-conditions-can-disrupt-hearts-rhythm

Healthy Living: What’s the right exercise for your heart? | Local …

Benjamin Lee, a doctor of osteopathy, is a cardiology fellow with Samaritan Health Services.

Article source: http://democratherald.com/news/local/healthy-living-what-s-the-right-exercise-for-your-heart/article_5014ced2-2ff6-56ad-835d-70056a666739.html

Technology vital to healthy living

As we spend more and more time chained to our desks, chasing that illusive white rabbit, our health is suffering in ways we have only just begun to understand.

The World Health Organisation projects that by 2030, non-communicable diseases will become the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa.

Our lifestyles have become a major contributing factor to the onslaught of these diseases, one of the most prevalent of which is diabetes.

The problem is that often it seems like the pressures of modern lifestyle are conspiring against us to make healthy living that much more difficult to maintain. Whether it’s the expense of cooking healthily or our fast-paced lifestyles, which make it more difficult to prepare proper meals, leading a healthy lifestyle is becoming more and more difficult.

But, while it might seem ironic, technology actually provides us with ways to achieve our health-related goals. Naturally, tech isn’t what we think of first when it comes to healthy living, but let’s consider how it can help us to overcome the challenges we face on a daily basis.

Good nutrition is undoubtedly one of the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle. While there are many different schools of thought around what constitutes good nutrition, there are certain basics on which most of us would agree.

This would likely include regular exercise and a balanced diet characterised by plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables. Typically we would look to cut back on harmful fats and sugar as well.

Often when it comes to diet, the most ‘damage’ is done while preparing our food. We either add sauces high in sugar, cook using lots of oil, or boil away important nutrients found in fruits and vegetables.

Why do we do this? Because it’s quick and convenient. Generally with cooking, we are forced to compromise somewhere. It might be time, it could be taste or it may be quality – and unfortunately most of us choose the latter.

But this is exactly why I believe that technology has such a vital role to play in Kenya’s health revolution. In fact, using just one example of innovative technology, it becomes evident how much of a difference a single appliance can make.

For instance, let’s look at Samsung’s HotBlast™ Convection Microwave Oven. When we think of microwaves, we definitely think of speed and convenience. But delicious, healthy meals? Perhaps not so much.

We’re wrong. Yes, microwaves like the HotBlast™ absolutely do reduce cooking time – the HotBlast™ releases powerful, hot air from multiple holes which makes cooking super quick, making it possible to make perfectly baked, grilled and fermented dishes in minutes

Through other innovations, the microwave actually makes cooking healthier too. Take, for example, its SLIM FRY technology. This technology basically combines a grill with warm air circulation so that food becomes crispy inside and out. And at the end of the day, this means less oil is used. It’s the happy balance between taste, convenience and nutrition.

Because the HotBlast™ is designed with 15 pre-set menus, it also makes it easy to prepare a wide range of meals that are made with fresh ingredients, and which will remain moist and full of flavour. And unlike when vegetables are boiled, when they are microwaved they won’t lose their precious nutrients.

So while often we assume that the preparation of healthy food must be time-consuming, when we introduce the right technology to the equation, this simply isn’t true.

Whether it’s Fitbits, which remind us to keep moving, apps which helps us monitor our calories or those which help us manage our workouts, technology is playing a vital role in our ability to beat back poor health and disease.

I strongly believe that the more we invest in these kinds of technologies, the easier this journey will become. It’s simply a matter of putting the right priorities in place.

Article source: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/01/15/technology-vital-to-healthy-living_c1696963

Natural Grocers hosts healthy living fair | WDAY – WDAY.com

Businesses from the community set up booths and answered questions on how to stay active and healthy.

People were also able to check out a healthy-living class.

The grocery nutritionist says the most common problem people face is knowing where to start their wellness journey.

“I feel like a common problem is people just don’t know what to eat, being in the routine of eating a lot of processed foods, eating out a lot, and just not knowing where to begin,” said Melissa Smith, Nutritional Health Coach.

To learn more about healthy eating from the Natural Grocers go click here.

Article source: https://www.wday.com/news/4387873-natural-grocers-hosts-healthy-living-fair