Leslie Kuhnel, MPA, MSHCE

Make Today the Day You Take Action on Your Advanced Directives


Advanced Directives, Ethics

Today, April 16, we celebrate National Healthcare Decisions Day by asking people to have conversations about their health care decisions.  We ask them to talk about things that are not always easy to bring up.  For instance, we ask people to talk about choosing one or two of their closest family members or friends to be their representative if they can’t make decisions on their own.  And we ask them to talk about the kind of health care treatment they might want during the end stages of a life-threatening illness.  We also ask people to not only talk about completing, but more importantly, actually filling out their own Advance Directives. These topics are not often on the top of anyone’s list of favorite things … Continue reading

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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

Effective (and Ineffective) Ways to Manage Stress


Mental Health, Wellness

Any Seinfeld fans out there? Do you remember George’s dad and the “serenity now” episode? George’s dad would shout that statement throughout the episode, as if that would give him peace and manage any and all stress for him RIGHT NOW. Of course it didn’t work, and it was pretty funny to watch this man yelling, perhaps begging, for peace, calm, and serenity …. NOW. Earlier this week someone was asking about quick and simple ways to manage stress – things that didn’t take too long to work or cost too much. It’s no secret to any of us that daily life can be filled with stress. A day can turn on a dime, and become chaotic, overwhelming, and anything … Continue reading

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNNT

How to Sneak Veggies into your Spring Smoothie


Nutrition, Wellness

Spring is here and fresh fruits and vegetables will soon be in full harvest. If you enjoy smoothies, now is the perfect time to gather your favorite fresh ingredients.  If you are interested in boosting the nutritional value of your smoothie by adding some vegetables but you are scared of how it will taste, try the following tips: Add the vegetables in very small amounts and only one at a time. Remember, your taste buds are constantly changing so you can develop a taste for something that you may have once thought was too bitter or strong. Use sweeter fruits, such as apples, pears, cherries or bananas to balance the strong flavor of green vegetables. Carrots, celery, and avocado have … Continue reading

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Julie Wagner, MS, RD, LMNT, CNSC

Should You be Concerned about Arsenic in Rice?


Nutrition, Wellness

As a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) dietitian, I first learned about the concerns with arsenic contaminated rice a year or two ago when I first saw information comparing the arsenic levels in several brands of infant rice cereal. The data I saw back then was new and the topic seemed in need of additional study, but to me this was one more reason to recommend alternative first foods for infants, such as baby oatmeal and vegetable purees. Since then, more research has been done on the arsenic content of rice, and more guidelines have started to emerge. What is Arsenic? Arsenic is a chemical element that is found in many environmental sources, including soil, plants, animals, air and water. … Continue reading

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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

When is it Time to Get Help for Your Mental Health?


Mental Health

There have been a lot of changes in the field of mental and behavioral health over the last 50 years or so. The biggest change that comes to my mind is that people are no longer considered weak if they seek help with depression, anxiety or any other mental-health disorder. Some of us can probably remember when talking about mental health issues was done with a whisper, if at all. Thankfully there is a greater understanding and more acceptance that mental health issues, just like physical health issues, need to be brought up with our health care providers so that proper diagnosis and treatment can be started. The big question for many is, “Where do I start?” My recommendation is … Continue reading

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