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Nutrition

Essay Contest for Louisiana Youth

The Office of Community and Minority Health Education at LSUHSC School of Medicine is now accepting entries for their essay contest: “What does being healthy mean to me?” The goal of this contest is to allow the children of South Louisiana “to exercise their natural inquisitive nature in exploring health and healthcare policy issues.”

Entries postmarked no later than May 9, 2014 will be accepted and the winners announced on May 17, 2014. First place winner will receive $750; second place winner will receive $500; third place winner will receive $250.

For eligibility and entry guidelines on words count requirements, submission address, judging breakdown, and contest entry form, please refer to http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/essaycontest/.

An informational video has also been posted on YouTube:

Sponsors for this contest include the LSU Healthcare Network in partnership with LiveWell Louisiana and Winn-Dixie.

Under New Management

As of January 21st, LSUHSC assumed operations for all on campus dining services. Their goal is to offer a variety of healthier options, better quality food and customer service.

The weekly menu is available from the dining services page, along with a catering menu. ?áhttp://www.lsuhsc.edu/administration/ae/cafeteria.aspx

New Operating Hours:

Monday – Friday

Tiger Den Caf?® ÔÇô 7:00am ÔÇô 2:00pm

Dental Caf?® ÔÇô 7:30am ÔÇô 1:30pm

Atrium Coffee Kiosk ÔÇô 7:00am ÔÇô 4:00pm

7th Annual Health and Wellness Event 11/6

Today,?áWednesday November 6th,?áis officially the 7th Annual Health and Wellness Event!?á

From: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: 3rd floor of the Medical Education Building (across from the cafeteria)

 

 

Popular health topics of 2012

Last week, MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health’s consumer health database, published the top 10 most?ávisited health topic searches?áof 2012:

Looking at these searches, it would seem that the public are?ásearching for information on?áthe most common health?áthreats in the?áUnited States.?á?áAccording to the Mayo Clinic, the top seven threats to women’s health are?áheart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, accidents, and type 2 diabetes. The top seven threats to men’s health are similar:?áheart disease, cancer, accidents, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and suicide.

Of course the most visited sites could also mean that people who were diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes started exercising?ábut they had trouble breathing, had heart palpitations,?ágot sunburned, and hurt their backs!

November is American Diabetes Month

So now that turkey day is over and done with, answer these questions:

  • Are you overweight?
  • Exercise less than 3x per week?
  • Have high blood pressure or high cholesterol?
  • Have any immediate relatives with diabetes?

Today there are millions at risk for developing type-2 diabetes. Many people donÔÇÖt understand the severity of the disease which often leads to stroke, heart disease and even blindness.

You can do a lot to improve your chances of NOT getting type-2 diabetes such as monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels, exercising and being more active, eating healthy, etc.

For more info, please visit:

 

http://healthfinder.gov/nho/NovToolkit.aspx

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diabetes.html

http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/prevent.htm

Monster problem

The FDA is?áinvestigating?áthe death of a Maryland teenager from a heart arrhythmia after drinking large cans of Monster Energy on two consecutive days, reports the New York Times.

Current FDA rules do not require companies to disclose caffeine levels in their beverages. The type of 24-ounce can of Monster Energy that the Maryland teenager drank contains 240 milligrams of caffeine.

 

New Adverse Effects Checker

Are you or your patients having strange symptoms after taking an new herbal supplement??á Natural Standard can help!

Natural Standard, a source for?á high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine, announced today the release of their new Adverse Effects Checker.

Simply check off the symptoms and the Adverse Effects Checker will provide a list of dietary supplements that may be causing those symptoms.

Urban Chicken: Keeping Poultry at Home

As the “locavore” movement continues to blossom across the country, it’s no longer only rural citizens who have access to less-industrialized food options: even residents of cities are finding ways to grow their own produce, or at least acquire it from nearby sources. This provides more economical and healthy options for cooks. A part of this movement has been the choice of some urban homesteaders to raise their own poultry.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) currently has a page on its website with helpful information about Keeping Backyard Poultry. The major point that the CDC addresses is the prevention of the spread of Salmonella, an illness that is transmitted in a variety of ways. It can be spread through contact with poultry (or any birds), including?áchickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys.

Salmonellosis is an infection with the bacteria called?áSalmonella.?áMost persons infected with?áSalmonella?ádevelop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the?áSalmonella?áinfection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. The CDC highly recommends hand-washing and careful hygiene to anyone handling live poultry or poultry products such as meat or eggs. All poultry and poultry-related equipment and supplies should be considered contaminated even if the animals look healthy.

Interestingly enough, the?áTimes-Picayunepublished an article?álast year that examined troubles with feral chicken populations which have grown since Hurricane Katrina. Recently, local ABC affiliate WGNO-TV covered a story about the difficulties in catching feral chickens in the city. New Orleans has its own special set of issues when it comes to the cosmopolitan bird.

Showing of Books to Promote Nutrition

The American Dietetic Association is celebrating March 2012 as National Nutrition Month! Check out their website at www.eatright.org for lots of recipes, ideas, and info, and investigate these delicious recent publications on nutrition on display here in the Isch?® Library (on the third floor next to the Library elevator):

  1. Behan E. Therapeutic Nutrition: a guide to patient education (2006).
  2. CB Cataldo, LK DeBruyne & EN Whitney. Nutrition & Diet Therapy: principles & practice (2003).
  3. Dudek SG. Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Practice (2006).
  4. Escott-Stump S. Nutrition & Diagnosis-Related Care (2008).
  5. Gershwin ME, JB German & CL Keen. Nutrition & Immunology: principles & practice (2000).
  6. Grodner M, S Long & BC Walkingshaw. Foundations & Clinical Applications of Nutrition: a nursing approach (2007).
  7. Hark L, & G Morrison. Medical Nutrition & Disease: a case-based approach (2003).
  8. Katz DL, & RSC Friedman. Nutrition in Clinical Practice: a comprehensive, evidence-based manual for the practitioner (2008).
  9. Kaufman M. Nutrition in Promoting the Public’s Health: strategies, principles, & practices (2007).
  10. Mangels R, VK Messina & M Messina. The Dietitian’s Guide to Vegetarian Diets: issues & applications (2004).
  11. Nehlig A. Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, & the Brain (2004).
  12. Owen AL, PL Splett, & GM Owen. Nutrition in the Community: the art & science of delivering services (1999).
  13. Snetselaar LG. Nutrition Counseling Skills for the Nutrition Care Process (2009).
  14. Stipanuk MH. Biochemical, Physiological, & Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition (2006).
  15. Whitney EN. Nutrition for Health & Health Care (2007).
  16. Whitney EN, CB Cataldo & SR Rolfes. Understanding Normal & Clinical Nutrition (2002).
  17. Williams SR. Williams’ Basic Nutrition & Diet Therapy (2005).

Gumbo Healthy?

The Stay Healthy, Louisiana! blog (from the Louisiana Public Health Institute) posted that a gumbo z’herbes recipe from the New Orleans School of Cooking was featured in Shape magazine. Who says Louisiana food can’t be healthy?

Turkey Day Safety

Growing up, my mother always cooked her stuffing in the turkey. It was delicious, the stuffing not the turkey, that was more of a centerpiece. Little did we know back then that we were living on the edge.

Food poisoning will put a serious crimp in your Black Friday plans, my friend. If you cringe every time you see your Aunt Martha wipe down the counters with a sponge that has been in her sink since the pilgrims landed or you get queasy when you see your nephew touch every dinner roll with his grubby hands before putting one on his plate, check out this site and forward it with offending family members under the guise of sharing recipes.

And if you’re still one of the few who cook their stuffings in the bird, err on the side of caution and invest in a food thermometer. Who doesn’t need a new kitchen gadget anyway?

Halloween Candy Warning

The Food and Drug Administration issued an update last week on the health hazards of eating too much black licorice.

From the update: If youÔÇÖre 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land you in the hospital with an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia.

FDA experts say black licorice contains the compound glycyrrhizin, which is the sweetening compound derived from licorice root. Glycyrrhizin can cause potassium levels in the body to fall. When that happens, some people experience abnormal heart rhythms, as well as high blood pressure, edema (swelling), lethargy, and congestive heart failure.

I wonder if this applies to black jelly beans too?

Did you know…

Louisiana ranks 48th nationwide in breastfeeding rates? For shame, ladies. These things aren’t just for show, you know.

Breastfeeding reduces obesity in children and builds stronger immune systems. Sure, everyone knows how great breastfeeding is for babies but did you know a mother can burn 500 calories a day breastfeeding? What other time in your life can you lose weight while relaxing in a comfy chair.

During World Breastfeeding Week check out all the benefits of breastfeeding and what resources are available locally for all the hot mammas out there.

F as in Fat

The Trust for America’s Health has released a new report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011 which finds that adult obesity is increasing across the Nation. Louisiana is the 5th most obese state with 31.6% of its adult population being obese; we are one of the 16 states with an obesity rate above 30%.

What’s cooking, Uncle Sam?

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1943 USDA nutrition chart

2011 USDA's MyPlate

2011 USDA's MyPlate

With the reveal of the new food plate from the USDA, nutrition has been in the news lately. An article on NPR’s Morning Edition recently discussed “Washington’s long tradition of trying to guide the American diet”. From turn of the century agricultural expeditions to “the Poison Squad”, a group of young volunteers who explored the effects of contaminated food in the basement of the Department of Agriculture, this report chronicles the relationship of government and nutrition.

If you’re in DC this year, a new exhibit, “What’s cooking, Uncle Sam? The Government’s Effect on the American Diet” at the National Archives details America’s food history.