December 10th, 2013
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of delicious (and fat-filled) holiday foods. So how do you enjoy yourself without completely sabotaging your diet? Check out Discovery Health’s 52 diet and nutrition tips to cut calories without depriving yourself of a true holiday feast. A sampling is below, but click here to read the full article.
- Pass up the ham
- Dark meat is OK, but skip the skin
- Steamed sides = Slim
- Pumpkin is perfect
December 4th, 2013
America might be the bread basket of the world, but many Americans are hungry. Many families are coping with food insecurity, which means they are unable to acquire or are uncertain of having enough food to meet their needs because of insufficient money or other resources. The latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on household food security paints a sobering picture. Click here to read the full story, and find out how you can help.
November 14th, 2013
Even more frightening than Halloween itself can be the mountains of leftover candy that will take over offices across the country on Friday, November 1st. Many co-workers, trying to keep temptation out of their houses, bring candy into the office. You can run, but you can’t hide from the candy temptation. Here are a few tips to help you not be haunted by leftover candy.
In response to growing local and national interest in health system performance improvement, two New Orleans-based public health organizations, the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM), recently partnered to launch the Health Systems Analytics Research Center (HSARC).
As the first center of its kind in the region, HSARC will focus on improving health system performance and efficiency through systematic analysis of health data related to human, technological, and social factors affecting health outcomes. Sample projects HSARC will be involved with include analysis of frequent use of emergency departments using Health Information Exchange (HIE) data, examination of pharmacy data to study the effects of medication on patient health outcomes, and the study of how medical homes impact quality of clinical care.
October 24th, 2013
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine.
Click here to view the PDF 3-brief.
October 11th, 2013
There’s some great news in the Cities of Monroe, West Monroe and all of Ouachita Parish! The City Councils and Police Jury recently passed a smoke-free workplaces ordinance that is leading the movement to adopt similar policies throughout Louisiana in the years to come. Check out this great letter to the editor recently published in the News Star, titled “Time to Pass Smoke-Free Laws.“
Additionally, click here for more information about the ordinances, when they will be effective, along with other important details.
October 2nd, 2013
Teenagers are exercising more, consuming less sugar and eating more fruits and vegetables, a trend that may be contributing to a leveling off of obesity rates, a new study shows. The findings suggest that aggressive anti-obesity messages aimed at children may be starting to make a difference, albeit a small one. The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.
Click here to read the full story from NOLA.com
September 17th, 2013
When the farmers’ markets are full of white eggplants, shell beans, baby squash, multicolored carrots and greens whose names you don’t even know, it’s time to go shopping: without knowing what you’re looking for, without any kind of plan, just shopping to buy what looks or tastes good — or what the farmer tells you is good. The Recipe Generator is essentially a one-armed bandit of ingredients and techniques, offering more than 50 combinations of things you’re most likely to find in a market or your C.S.A. basket, with recipes that make wonderful use of them.
September 6th, 2013
A new law passed during the legislative session requires all public colleges in Louisiana to develop a smoke-free policy that will be effective as of 2014. The law also bans cigars, pipes, hookah-smoked products, and oral tobacco products on campuses.
September 3rd, 2013
We’re all busy – one way or another. But eating well, healthfully, and balanced can be a challenge for those always on the go. For those of you who fall into this category, here are some helpful tips to perhaps make your meal planning more efficient, effective and – most importantly – healthy!
1) Prepare ahead of time – Prep is so KEY, especially when you’re busy!
2) Stay Hydrated – Put fresh citrus wedges into your water to infuse it with some natural taste.
Click here to read the full article and get the rest of the tips from LiveWell360.