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National Senior Center Month

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Sep 20, 2018 4:38:58 PM

September is National Senior Center Month and this year's theme is "Building Momentum." Before we get into the importance of senior centers and giving them recognition, it is probably best to start out with some history.

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Topics: Senior Nutrition, aging in place

Improving the Patient Experience by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Sep 5, 2018 10:44:38 AM


Addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) is increasingly important to hospitals and healthcare systems. In fact, medical care determines only 20 percent of overall health -- while social, economic, and environmental factors determine 50 percent of overall health. Extending ways to help patients stay healthy outside the hospital can help patients, communities, and hospitals. SDOH include all factors outside of the hospital that affects patients, such as:

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Senior Health, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Home Delivered Meals, Post Discharge

Why We Heart Lunch Ladies!

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Aug 22, 2018 11:37:16 AM

It’s Back-to-School Season 2018! This is the time of the year when parents are bombarded with… well, everything! Between school supply lists, new school clothes or uniforms, teacher meet and greets, first day photos, and finding the perfect backpack, the last thing on a parent’s mind is packing a healthy lunch. Meals at school are essential to student health and well-being. They ensure that children have the nutrition they need to learn.

My son was a picky eater and always at the bottom of the weight percentile on his growth chart. As a Registered Dietitian, I thought I could make him healthier lunches from home. But studies have shown that school meals are healthier than meals from home. School meals are rich in lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. School meals also limit unhealthy fats and sodium.

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Topics: Nutrition, Child Nutrition

Help Your Patients to Recover Faster At Home

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Aug 8, 2018 12:56:00 PM

Hospitals face many challenges when patients are discharged. Some concerns include if patients understand their care plan and need for follow up appointments. Will your patients have access to healthy meals when they return home? What if they are unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves? 

When patients go into the hospital, one thing they may not expect is to leave malnourished. But, that is what occurs to one-third of patients admitted to hospitals. Malnutrition is not always recognized and often goes untreated during hospitalization. Weight loss and inadequate nutritional intake can delay the healing and recovery process. This may lead to more challenging recoveries, and in many cases, relapse and readmission.

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Topics: Malnutrition in Elderly, Home Delivered Meals, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Post Discharge

Increase Engagement and Test Scores with Breakfast in the Classroom

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Aug 2, 2018 11:29:48 AM

The old saying "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" has several grains of truth. Many studies have proven breakfast to be a crucial ingredient in school success. Students perform better academically, exhibit better classroom behavior, and enjoy overall healthier diets when they eat breakfast. However, over 70% of teachers are still reporting students arriving to school hungry .
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Topics: Shelf-Stable Breakfast, School Breakfast, School Achievement Scores, Breakfast in the Classroom, Shelf-Stable Meals

Chef Mike Receives Presidential Medallion from American Culinary Foundation

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Jul 26, 2018 3:50:13 PM

July 19th on a balmy summer night in Louisiana, in a crowd of thousands of Chefs, our Executive Chef Michael Thrash was presented with the Presidents Medallion from the American Culinary Foundation. 

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Topics: Achievement

Telemedicine Benefits For Case Managers and Members

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jun 27, 2018 11:04:55 AM

Case managers are often on the front lines of telemedicine. They have the expertise to provide help to their members, or patients, on managing chronic conditions or treating minor illnesses by phone or virtual online visits. 

Telemedicine, or telehealth, is proven to be a cost-effective alternative to traditional doctor office visits. There are various studies that find telemedicine can help lower hospital readmissions and reduce healthcare costs. 

An increasing number of health plans across the U.S. are expanding their benefits to include telemedicine services for their members. Plans like Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Humana, UnitedHealthcare are examples of those offering these services. In fact, 76 percent of health systems have or will be implementing consumer telehealth in some capacity by December 2018.

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Topics: Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthcare Research, Care Managers

10 Food Safety Tips to Make the Most of Summer Activities

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Jun 21, 2018 2:28:12 PM

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Topics: Food Safety Best Practices

How Good Nutrition Care Can Reduce Hospital Admissions

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jun 13, 2018 11:10:12 AM

Nutrition Care Can Reduce Hospital Admissions

Health care professionals are always looking for better ways to keep members out of the hospital and to reduce their length of stay. Yet, the role of nutrition remains poorly understood by providers, administrators, and payers. One of the leading causes for readmission to the hospital is malnutrition. 

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, MCO ROI, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Home Delivered Meals, Healthy Meals for Seniors

National Summer Food Service Program Kickoff Week

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Jun 7, 2018 1:02:39 PM

This week is National Summer Food Service Program Kickoff Week, a program that ensures children and teens have access to nutritious meals when school lets out. Federal assistance, through the program, is provided to state agencies and non-profit sponsors to help children receive nutrition when school is not in session. Nearly 21.5 million children are eligible for this program, yet only 1 in 6 of them currently receive this according to a 2016 report from the Food Research Action Center.

Poor nutrition during the summer months affects the child's academic performance during the school year. It is one of the many reasons the summer program is essential. While in school, students across the country are eating healthier than ever thanks to the Hunger-Free Kids Act. Students are receiving meals with whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and low-fat dairy, which are low in sugar, fat, and sodium. Summer feeding programs continue these great meals and help students return to school ready to learn.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Summer Meals

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