Your Health

Your Health

Walk the Talk

Literally speaking, an awful lot of folks are making great strides nowadays and with good reason. Simple as it is to do, walking has a significant pay­off. Brisk walking is considered to be moderate-intensity activity, and “if done on a regular basis, it’s known to provide health benefits, in terms of prevention of chronic diseases and weight management,” says Patty Freedson, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst professor and chair of kinesiology and member of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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Hospice Program Provides Support

Brown & Toland has developed a hospice program to raise awareness of the benefits of hospice and to help patients and their families better understand hospice’s holistic model of care when appropriate, during end-of-life care planning. 

Hospice is often a misunderstood and potentially frightening concept for many because it is associated with end-of-life,” said Susan Huang, M.D., medical director at Brown & Toland. “But many do not understand the benefits of hospice and how it can help patients and families.”

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Use Medications Safely

Are you among the U.S. adults who take at least one medication or those who take five or more? 

Experts call them “adverse drug events”—when someone has been harmed by a medicine—and they’re a serious public health problem. These mishaps account for an estimated 1 million visits to U.S. emergency departments each year and 125,000 hospitalizations. To help you use your medications safely, here are a few simple tips:

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Pecan-Crusted Salmon with Wild Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wild rice

  • 2 cups water

  • ¾ cup pecan pieces (raw)

  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill

  • 2¾ teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste, divided

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (approximately 1-inch thick)

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 lemon wedges, for garnish

 

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From A to ZZZZZs

Top tips for getting a good night’s sleep

About 10 percent Americans experience frequent or extended bouts of insomnia every year. If you’re among them, you probably know the vicious cycle of anxiety that lack of sleep can create: The more you worry about it, the harder it is to sleep.

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Power Eating for Kids

Regular family meals can reduce children’s risks for nutritional problems

Gathering together for a meal can give the modern family an opportunity for some quality time and a break from the rush and frenzy of life in the fast lane. Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have documented more tangible benefits. 

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Spice It Up!

Bay Area locations make it easy to add herbs and spices to your diet

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March is National Nutrition Month; Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

What is “good nutrition”? And how do you know you’re getting what you need?

March is National Nutrition Month, and is a good time to assess your nutritional habits for ways to improve. Nutrition is “the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.” However, good nutrition means getting the proper amount of nutrients to achieve optimum health, which is a key to lowering your risk of chronic disease.

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Spiced Winter Fruit Compote with Raisin Balsamic Syrup

Ingredients

Fruit Compote

  • 1 medium sweet apple peeled, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 slightly firm pears peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup black or golden California raisins
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup spiced cider

Syrup

  • 1/2 cup raisins black or golden
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • water to thin if needed

Instructions

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