Andrew Akhaphong / RD, LD, Pn1, ACTION-CPT
The Midwest is known for its long, humid summer months and its biting insects. Whether we are inside staying cool or outside doing an activity, it is important to remember to stay hydrated. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recommends approximately 16 cups of fluid for men and 12 cups of fluid for women. Between 2005 and 2010 the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that 73,000 hospitalizations were due to dehydration which cost hospitals an average of $1,320,000 per year.
Going further with food is the theme of National Nutrition Month for March 2018. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the goal is to encourage the numerous benefits of healthy meal patterns by finding alternative ways to be more sustainable, creative and becoming more aware of the relationships we have to food, the people and our community. Many advocates of preventing food waste say about 15 percent of the food thrown away is enough to feed about 25 million people at a time. According to a report by the Environmental
Roses are red. Violets are blue. Do not forget to love your heart too. February is American Heart Month which is a good time to think about the facts of heart disease. Heart disease continues to rank at the top each year for chronic conditions in both men and women. It is a term that encompasses many conditions including but not limited to congestive heart failure, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation.
Now that the holiday season is passed us, many look forward to the new year to start a clean slate. Weight management ranks as one of the most common resolutions for New Year's. This includes goals such as eating healthier, becoming lean or being able to run longer distances. Follow these tips on how to successfully implement this lifestyle change. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends a goal of 1 to 2 pounds lost per week for the first six months of managing weight.