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National Nutrition Month: Deciphering Food Labels

margeryk March 11th, 2014, 12:08 PM
Margery Kirsch, MS, RN, CDE, BC-ADM, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Diabetes Educator
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128px-US_Nutritional_Fact_Label.svgMarch is National Nutrition Month. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between fat-free, saturated fat-free, low-fat, reduced and less fat? Certain nutrition claims used on food packaging have been legally defined. For example, you’ll see the claim “less sodium” on some brands of chili with beans. This means the product has at least 25% less sodium than the regular version.

It’s important to pay attention to serving sizes. The next time you grab a handful of “fat-free” pretzels for a snack, measure or count the amount. If it’s considerably…

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smcternan March 2nd, 2014, 5:34 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Recently I read an interesting article about activity levels in different ages of children and adults. Apparently we do little exercise even though we ALL know it is good for us in many ways. Research shows preschool children tend to do better at sit down activities that require focused attention if they have the opportunity to move and exercise in-between focused activities. Have you ever noticed that if you walk on a nice day you feel refreshed and focused on your return to your desk. Most preventative health practices encourage…

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Look into My Crystal Ball…

smcternan January 20th, 2014, 10:20 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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What do you see? I see a torrent of change. Where is it coming from-EVERYWHERE! Why is it coming? Well that would truly be a magical skill if I knew the absolute answer- but maybe you do. I am speaking of where the future of health in this nation. Yes, we all WANT and maybe NEED to be healthy, BUT do we know how? My guess is that if you survey most Americans of any age the answers would vary tremendously. Ask a five year old and he will tell…

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BOOOO….

smcternan October 31st, 2013, 10:54 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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This special holiday called Halloween is finally here, and after two years of either cancelled or postponed festivities due to weather, my kids are BEYOND excited. How they will get anything accomplished in school, I don’t know!

Halloween comes with late night (or later-than-usual) outings in costumes that may be hard to see in the dark or hard to carry without tripping and while balancing a bucket of the sweet treasure, candy.

The best way to keep Halloween safe: First and foremost, stick to the rules. (1) Check all candy before eating. (2)…

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The New American Plate

smcternan May 28th, 2013, 12:59 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Feeling overwhelmed by all the new and improved nutritional advice to be had? That is OK, take heart some changes now  will help you for a long time. First of all that two thirds of our plate should be vegetables, yes 2/3!!! I actually love vegetables and often feel that eating out shortchanges me on what I consider a balanced meal.  I am not looking for a mound of starch with a few random vegetables mixed in. Or a plate that is 80% protein and a tablespoon of potatoes. I need all the colors of the…

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Preventive POWER of Movement

smcternan April 29th, 2013, 1:03 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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From the day we are born, we age. It is inevitable. But did you know that the more sedentary you are, the less efficient all your organs become? And as we age, our ability to make up for this sedentary lifestyle decreases dramatically. As more children are diagnosed with what I refer to as ‘TOO MUCH Sitting Syndrome.’ From urinary incontinence, skin rashes on their laps from laptop computers, lack of normal sleep and chronic backpain and eyestrain, where will our children be at 30? 40? 50? Probably not well.…

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Are You "Grazing"?

smcternan January 28th, 2013, 2:11 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Many people feel overwhelmed by the diet and nutrition information that abounds in type and online. If you are always trying to lose weight this time of year–let”s all get ready for summer!–then you have probably tried many different weight-loss plans over the years. How about your kids? Have some of your diet successes and failures trickled down to them?

You know showing your children how to eat healthy is necessary, but buying fresh fruit for a change is only a part of it. Many children, both boys and girls, begin developing food issues,…

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Angelic Sleeping Babies

smcternan December 3rd, 2012, 3:31 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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by Peter Griffin

Nurses who visit people in their homes are sometimes the only way that patients receive health information and learn prevention strategies that can improve their overall health. Sometimes, the patients can be challenging, but for nurses, perseverance pays.

One such example involved a young mom of a premature infant. The mom had a history of feeding difficulty and was on some medications. Mom wanted to breastfeed but refused to pump and measure volume. What to do when trying to explain this to the mom was getting difficult? Teaching is a big part of what…

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To Diet or Not

smcternan September 24th, 2012, 11:52 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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As Obesity Awareness month is comes to a close, the problem continues across our nation. By all accounts there are many things that impact the weight problems in all age groups. Is it the processed foods? Is it our lack of exercise?  We know that surgery is not the answer AND that we all need to change to stop the obesity trend. These trends are alarming in ALL age groups. Let’s start at the dinner table:

  • What are you serving?
  • Do you know what a balanced diet is?
  • What is a complex carbohydrate?
  • Do you…
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Diet or Exercise? Which is best?

smcternan September 17th, 2012, 11:39 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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blackbeanburgerThere is a trend in obesity research that suggests we may be going about correcting this healthcare issue in the wrong way. Recent research shows that caloric intake in obese adolescents is less than their fit peers. This and many other research expresses concern that addressing diet is only a small part of the problem. Younger children were also studied and found that caloric intake did impact weight overall. So now what?  Time to exercise and incorporate healthier habits has always been proven in the adult population to be of…

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