• Healthcare Headlines - May 2016

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    Nursing Homes Starting to Offer More Individualized Menus

    On a recent Thursday, the staff at Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs bustled in the kitchen.  

    AHRQ Reports Continued Gains in Health Care Quality

    Health care quality is improving overall, especially in hospitals, and more people have health care coverage and a usual source of medical care since the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Read more.  

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  • Tips for Healthy Eating On the Go

    By Quincie Grounds, RD/LD, CNSC

    March is National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    Quincie Grounds 3.2.2015National Nutrition Month® focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits. There is no one food, drink, pill or machine that is the key to achieving optimal health. A person's overall daily routine is what is most important. This year’s theme, "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” reflects taking steps for improving your health. Sometimes this is easier said than done, especially when you step out of your daily routine.

    Travel is one of these situations that take you out of your daily routine. Whether you travel for work or just a trip with family or friends, eating healthy can be done with a little planning. First, take snacks with you in pre-portioned bags. Good items to pack are trail mixes, nuts, dried fruits, whole grain cereal bars, protein bars, peanut butter and crackers, pretzels and popcorn. These items pack well and are foods that will clear security in the airport. If you are traveling by car, pack a small cooler with fresh fruit, low fat yogurt, low fat cheese, hummus, finger sandwiches (homemade pimento cheese is a favorite), bottled water, flavored unsweetened water, fruit or vegetable juice, sparkling juice and unsweetened bottled tea.

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  • On the Other Side of the Spoon

    By Kindred Healthcare
    CIS Peter Lam Nov 12 bThere’s more to pureed food than pureed food, and meeting the nutritional needs of patients can range from complicated to downright dangerous. Peter Lam, RD, CFE, of Peter Lam Consulting in New Westminster, British Columbia, addressed the group of attendees at the2014 Kindred Clinical Impact Symposium to talk about how we can better understand patients’ nutritional needs and concerns, and more optimally meet those needs.

     

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  • Nutrition and Diabetes Management

    By Quincie Grounds, RD/LD, CNSC
    Quincie Grounds, RD/LD, CNSC, Nutrition Services Consultant, Hospital DivisionIf you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, Type 1 or 2 diabetes, or have a loved one with the disease, it is important for you to know the role nutrition plays in managing the disease. A balanced, healthy meal plan with emphasis on lean protein, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains is recommended. Many individuals with diabetes worry about the amount of carbohydrate they should take daily. The 2014 Standards of Medical Care for Diabetes state that there is not an ideal percentage of calories from carbohydrate. The amount should be based on individualized assessment of current eating patterns, personal preferences (e.g., tradition, culture, religion, health beliefs and economics), and blood glucose control goals. A dietitian can help you develop a meal plan to meet your needs. Monitoring carbohydrate intake, whether by carbohydrate counting or experience-based estimation, remains a key strategy in achieving glycemic control.

     

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  • National Eating Healthy Day

    By Kindred Healthcare

    National Eating Healthy Day

    National Eating Healthy Day takes place on the first Wednesday in November each year. The theme for this year is “Produce Results” with a focus on eating more fruits and vegetables. According to the American Heart Association, Americans typically consume half their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The AHA recommends eight or more servings – or about 4.5 cups – of fruits and vegetables daily.

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  • Ten Tips For Healthy Aging

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Healthy Aging MonthSeptember is Healthy Aging Month, a time to focus on the positive aspects of aging. It’s also a time to focus on making choices that can improve physical, mental and social health as well. It’s not too late to try something new or take control of your health no matter your age. Here are 10 tips to do just that:

     

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  • Staying Well With High Blood Pressure

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Staying Well With High Blood PressureEvery time you visit the doctor, chances are someone will check your blood pressure. This simple test screens for low or high blood pressure and provides your doctor with important information about your general health.

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  • Men’s Health Matters…To Everyone

    By Kindred Healthcare
    86519283A car is a major investment and, for most of us, it’s something we take care of to make sure it stays in top condition and has a long life. Many men, however, don’t take that same approach with their own health – even if they’d never miss a regular oil change or vehicle tune-up.

     

    During National Men’s Health Week, June 9-15, it’s a good time for men to take stock of their health and make a commitment to improving it.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of death for men in the U.S. are heart disease and cancer. Even small steps toward a healthier lifestyle can help improve heart health and regular screenings can help detect cancer earlier.

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  • National Women’s Health Week Is a Great Time to Start Becoming a Well Woman

    By Jessica Draka, Communications Intern

    There is more to being healthy than taking your vitamins and eating an apple a day. Education and awareness are crucial to live a healthy lifestyle. National Women’s Health Week is coordinated by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. This week is set aside to encourage women to make their health a priority and understand what it means to be well.

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  • American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

    By Tuyen Dudinskie, RD, LD

    Did you know that every fourth Tuesday of every March is The American Diabetes Association Alert Day? Diabetes is an epidemic and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Over 25 million children and adults in the United States or 8.3% of the population have diabetes. Approximately 7 million people are unaware that they have diabetes and go undiagnosed. As a result, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, The American Diabetes Association is “Alerting” the public to this chronic disease and is asking everyone to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

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