It’s national nutrition month!

Nutrition Month Pear.jpgBy Kelsey Macaluso, RD, Mather Hospital

During the month of March dietitians across the United States focus on a range of nutrition topics, from the ketogenic diet and fasting, to how to live a healthy lifestyle as a diabetic. This month at Mather Hospital we are highlighting several nutrition topics in celebration of national nutrition month:

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It’s Only Cold If You’re Standing Still: The Pros & Cons of Outdoor Winter Workouts

Outdoor winter exerciseWith temperatures dropping and fewer hours of daylight many of us cut down on our exercise at this time of year. Although it seems natural to want to avoid the cold temperatures, there are some great benefits to bundling up and heading outdoors for your workout this winter.

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Donate Blood, Live Longer

Donating BloodAccording to the Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, that’s roughly 36,000 units of red blood cells per day needed in the U.S. alone. By donating blood you help patients suffering from sickle cell disease, accidents, burn victims, heart surgery, organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. To put it into perspective, a single car accident victim can require up to 100 pints of blood. That’s a lot of blood. And since blood can’t be made or manufactured, many patients depend on blood donors to literally save their lives.

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Save a Life with Hands-Only CPR

cprAccording to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die.  If performed immediately, CPR can double or even triple chances of survival for a victim of cardiac arrest.

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What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Heart

Women and Heart DiseaseHeart disease has been the leading cause of death for women since 1908. Every year since 1984, more women than men have died of heart disease. Women are twice as likely as men to die after a heart attack. In fact, heart disease will kill more women than all forms of cancer combined. It is unfortunate that far too often, women with heart disease are not diagnosed and do not receive the timely care they need.

Here are the facts on women and heart disease:

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Thyme to Spice up Your Cooking

spices horizontalLooking to ramp up the flavor in your cooking? Reach for the spice rack the next time you’re in the kitchen. Not only will you add flavor to your food, but you’ll also boost your health in the process. Here are some herbs and spices that are great flavor enhancers and offer some unexpected health benefits.


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What Do the New Cholesterol Guidelines Mean for You?

Medication.jpgIf you are part of the one in three adults in the United States who have high levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol, you are at greater risk for a heart attack or stroke.

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for high cholesterol. Recently, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released new cholesterol guidelines. Here’s how each of these new guideline recommendations might affect you.

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