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Disaster Plan Checklist for Long-term Care Facilities: Dietary Department

Every disaster can have different repercussions in a long-term care facility. Planning can help limit problems that might occur in the Dietary Department. The following list will help you develop and maintain a disaster plan. To assure your plan is up to date, review it at least monthly and immediately prior to a potential expected threat, such as severe weather conditions. 1. Administrative information
  • Maintain a list of current dietary staff and their contact ...Read more

40 g Protein/Day Special Diet (diabetes, no dialysis)

Date: ___________________________                   Name: ________________________________ Special diet: 40 grams (g) of protein/day for individuals with diabetes who are not on dialysis Make sure you are monitoring:
  • Your blood urea nitrogen (BUN):
    • Normal BUN is 5–25 milligrams (mg)/deciliter (dL)
  • Your serum creatinine:
    • Normal is 0.6–1.2 mg/dL
  •  Your A1c
    • Normal is 4.5%–6.5%
Why your diet is important The purpose of this diet is to:
  • Prevent an increase in waste products in your blood, such as urea
  • Control your blood pressure (goal is less than 120/70)
  • Prevent the symptoms of uremia, including:
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Bad taste
    • Anemia
    • Weight loss
    • Poor appetite
    • Control your blood sugar
We hope that by controlling these factors, you can prevent the progression ...Read more

Soy and Breast Cancer: Does a Link Exist?

For the past 15 years, soy and soy-based foods (soy milk, tofu, and soy flour) have gained considerable attention in regard to their rich nutrient composition (vegetable protein, fiber, B vitamins, calcium, iron, zinc, and phytochemicals, such as isoflavones), and studies have looked at their potential health benefits when consumed as part of a balanced diet. In fact, in 1999, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the nutrition label claim that “consuming 25 grams [g] of soy protein per day may reduce the risk of heart disease” based on ...Read more

Nutritional Concerns: Pediatric Cancer Treatment

For children dealing with cancer and undergoing treatment, achieving and maintaining adequate nutrition during their illness and throughout therapy significantly influences the course of the disease. The impact of poor nutritional status on a patient’s prognosis is characterized by diminished immune function, higher susceptibility to infections, delayed wound healing, lower tolerance and response to chemotherapy, biochemical imbalances, anemia, and visceral protein depletion. Studies show that up to 46% of children and young adults with cancer experience malnutrition because of tumor- and treatment-related factors. Major advances in treatment have resulted in increased survival time (80% of children ...Read more
C-Reactive Protein and Nutrition News about the role of c-reactive protein (CRP) and cardiovascular disease and nutrition continues to circulate. When the body experiences inflammation in response to a chronic condition, injury, or infection, c-reactive protein is one of the acute phase proteins that increases during inflammation. Testing for the presence of CRP in the blood may help assess risk factors for cardiovascular disease. CRP research has occurred for the past several years, but conclusive statements have not readily trickled into mainstream medical and nutritional advice. Elevated CRP levels are generally one risk factor of many that contribute to elevated cardiovascular risk, ...Read more
Gas and Diet The body produces gas in the stomach and intestines during the normal digestion of food. Swallowed air also causes gas. Rapid introduction of any high-fiber foods to the diet will lead to gas. If you want to begin eating a higher-fiber diet, begin slowly and make sure you drink plenty of fluids. The following foods and beverages are the ones most likely to cause gas.   Vegetables
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Sauerkraut
  • Turnips
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Citrus fruits
  • Fruit juices
  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Prune juice
  • Raisins
  Other foods
  • Beer
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Dried beans, peas, and lentils
  • Eggs
  • Foods containing sugar alcohols, such as sorbitol or xylitol
  • Fructose, if you malabsorb fructose*
  • High-fat diets (tend to cause more gas, because the gas does not move ...Read more
Exercise: Recovery Nutrition After Intense Daily Training The goal of recovery nutrition is to convert the body from a catabolic state (breakdown) to an anabolic state (building). Immediately after exercise, the window is open for nutrient delivery to muscle cells. Recovery is a two-step process—a meal or snack immediately after training, followed by a meal approximately 1 hour later. A carbohydrate and protein snack immediately after exercise will:
  • Decrease core temperature
  • Rehydrate
  • Restore energy and fuel
  • Rebuild muscle
  • Reduce muscle damage
  • Speed muscle repair
  • Keep you healthy
  • Improve performance
  Nutrients needs for recovery Here are some different ways to estimate nutrient needs for recovery based on body weight. 1.2-1.5 grams (g)/kilogram (kg) nutrition ...Read more
Mission Statements: Writing One for Yourself The mission statement was first brought to public awareness by Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Effective People and First Things First. It is called by many things, including a credo, a purpose statement, and a personal philosophy. All of these terms mean the same thing—to define what really matters to you in life and to express your values. Writing a personal mission statement is something that many life coaches, wellness experts, and authors have recommended. Properly done, this exercise can help people take control of their lives and steer themselves in the direction ...Read more

Flipboard: An App to Organize Your Social Networks

Have you ever looked through your phone and noticed how many applications take up the “tiles” on your home screen?  If you have, you are probably looking for ways to organize the different applications on your phone. Flipboard is a technology tool used to help organize different social networks by collecting the content of social media networks and organizing it into a magazine format to allow people to “flip” through the feeds. It is only available for tablets or smartphones, but is compatible with both the iPhone Operating System (IOS) and Android ...Read more

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