Posted on: October 12, 2013
5 Healthier Halloween Candy Choices
by Stephanie Perruzza, MS, RD, CDN, Northern Westchester Hospital
Let’s be honest, when October rolls around we all know that we look forward to the large displays of Halloween candy in the supermarkets. This can be quite the competitive holiday for trick-or-treaters, challenging who can cover the most trick-or-treating ground collecting the most candy. It’s no shock that Halloween candy can be high in fat and sugar, which is why it’s important to watch your portions so the calories don’t add up. To stay on track keep in mind these simple tips when it comes to candy hunting:
Posted on: October 10, 2013
Mind, Body & Soul: Truly Comprehensive Cancer Care
by Marilyn Leroy-Sterling, NP, Care Coordinator, Health and Wellness Program, Northern Westchester Hospital
A diagnosis of cancer is a staggering blow. Although the treatments for patients with cancer are always improving, the emotional and physical impact of a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment are often overwhelming. That’s why hospitals are beginning to offer services to cancer patients that treat more than the malignancy: They treat the whole person.
Posted on: October 2, 2013
Hungry, Hungry Herbivores…
By Kimberly Stein, RD, CDN
Have you ever considered becoming a vegetarian? What stopped you from doing so? There are many reasons why some people opt for this dietary style. Whichever vegetarian diet you choose (lacto-ovo, pescetarian, flexitarian, or vegan), there is ample research to suggest that partaking in a plant-based diet has multiple health benefits. However, before you jump into veggies, it’s important to be mindful of specific nutrients you may be lacking from your diet. In honor of Vegetarian Awareness Month, let’s discuss the top five nutrients of concern and some delicious sources! I’ve included some terrific recipes to get you started.
Posted on: September 22, 2013
Whole grains, they’re not just for breakfast anymore!
By Jill Ashbey-Pejoves RD, CDN, CNSC, CDE
According to the 2010 Dietary Guideline for Americans, we should make half our grains whole. But why stop at half? The average adult doesn’t get even close to the 25-38 grams of fiber per day recommended by the Institutes of Medicine. By definition, whole grains or foods made from them contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the original kernel including the bran, germ, and endosperm.
Posted on: September 20, 2013
2013 Is the Year to Finally Stop Smoking
by Jennifer Lucas RRT-NPS, Coordinator of Smoking Cessation Program, Respiratory Therapist, Northern Westchester Hospital
Yes, it feels like we’ve heard it before: Smoking kills. But did you realize puffing a cigarette accounts for one of every five deaths in the United States? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more people die from smoking than from HIV, illegal drugs, alcohol abuse, car accidents, suicides, and murders combined.