Diabetes Alert Day

March 23, 2010

Today is Diabetes Alert Day. This day bring about the awareness of the Diabetes disease. This disease not only affects us but our children as well. We must educate ourselves and loved ones on the importance of living a healthier lifestyle. The American Diabetes Association has a plethora of information that can explain how to living with or prevent diabetes. They enlighten you about early diagnoses, treatment, and healthcare. Please contact your physician for an appointment. The sooner you know, the easier to treat without worsen.

Please visit: www.diabetes.org or your healthcare professional for more information and treatment. Below are seven ways you can prevent diabetes.

  1. Eat healthy and wisely. Eating smaller portions is a great way to lose weight. You can make it look like more by using a smaller plate or a salad plate. Avoid snacking while you are cooking. Don’t be tempted to eat the unfinished food to keep from throwing it away or storing it in the refrigerator. Eat breakfast every day, and make your meal and snack times regular by having them at the same time each day.
  2. Limit your meat, poultry, and fish intake to no more than three ounces a day. In size, this is equal to about the size of a pack of cards. Another good tip is to listen to music instead of watching TV while you are eating. If you are watching TV while you are eating, you are not aware of how much you are eating and will almost always overeat.
  3. Skip desserts and refined sugars. When eating out, have a good-sized vegetable salad to take the edge off your appetite. When you receive your entrée, share it with your dinner companion, or ask for a take-home box immediately after receiving your meal. Have meals that have been stir fried or baked.
  4. Use low-salt broth instead of oil and butter.
  5. Drinking a full glass of water before eating will also help reduce your appetite.
  6. If you are eating at a fast-food restaurant, choose the healthier foods, such as grilled chicken, salads and fruits.
  7. Increase your exercise. Next to diet, exercise is vital to a healthy body especially for diabetics. If nothing else, try walking every day or swimming at your local club. Taking walks is a nice way to keep up with your friends and an enjoyable, healthy way to take a break from work related stress. If possible, avoid the elevator and take the stairs as much as you can. You can try to march in place if you cannot get outside for some reason.

(Written by Jeremy Parker of Ezinearticles.com)

Brain Awareness Week

March 19, 2010

This week, we celebrate one of the most important organs ever – the Brain! We focus on the awareness of the brain, the benefits of nervous system research; bring international attention to neuroscience, and educating everyone on improvements made. During the week, there are exhibits, conventions, experiments, classroom presentations and activities for students. Laboratory gives tours and lectures that explains neuroscience as a career, explain the brain and its functions, improve the knowledge about disorders, and hope to increase support.

Campaign partners organize creative and innovative activities in their communities to educate and excite people of all ages about the brain and brain research. Events are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations (Dana.org). All are encouraged to participate in hopes that the awareness can be spread around the world.

Brain Awareness Week was founded and coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and European Dana Alliance for the Brain. For more information: visit http://www.dang.org/brainweek

Making the Right Choice – Adult Day Care or Assisted Living?

March 1, 2010

As your parents or loved ones are in need of extra care, it is vital to weigh the options between adult day care and assisted living. By comparing options, you will be able to make the right choice that is suitable for them. You want to provide them with quality care and still allow them to function as normally as they have before.

Advantages of Adult Day Care

  • Caregivers can continue working outside the home and receive help with the physical care of a loved one.
  • Caregivers avoid placing a loved one in institutional care.
  • Care receiver is able to stay at their home.
  • Adult day care includes services customized to the participant’s needs (healthcare, family counseling, nursing care, speech therapy, activities, meals)

Advantages of Assisted Living

  • Assisted living offers apartment-like facilities.
  • Tools are available to relieve everyday stress (grabbers to avoid picking something up).
  • Games and recreation help care receiver socialize and stay active.
  • Care receivers have freedom to choose whether they need the assistance of another.

For more information:

Adult Day Care

Assisted Living