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Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD

Maureen Garner is the Director of Marketing at GA Foods, supporting the overall marketing strategy with research, presentations, and project implementations. An added bonus is Maureen is also a Registered Dietitian dedicated to medical nutrition therapy and care for seniors, children, and healthcare patients. In her spare time, Maureen is an avid fiber artist and master knitter.
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School Lunch by the Numbers

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Feb 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Are you curious about your child's school lunch program?  Are the lunches nutritious? Are the lunches affordable? Are there a variety of foods offered? There are so many questions surrounding school lunch today, it's no wonder parents find themselves contemplating whether or not they should pack their child's lunch each day.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, School Lunch

New Dietary Guidelines for Healthy Eating

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Jan 7, 2016 1:57:06 PM

 

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans was released today. The updated nutritional guidelines encourage Americans to adopt a series of science-based recommendations to improve how they eat to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

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Topics: Nutrition, Chronic Disease Management

Take a Minute (or even 10) for YOU in the New Year

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Jan 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Life can be stressful. It sometimes feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day, or even enough days in the month. It’s easy to stretch yourself too thin and forget about taking care of the most important person in your world—you. This is a particular problem for caregivers.

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Topics: Reduce Stress, Caregivers, Stress

Child Nutrition Reauthorization Postponed by Congress

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Dec 16, 2015 4:14:07 PM

This update is a follow-up to an earlier article about Child Nutrition Reauthorization. 

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Topics: Child Nutrition

Aging in Place: Home-Delivered Meal Options

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Dec 2, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Aging in place allows seniors the benefit of remaining in the familiar environment of their own home and maintaining more independence. While assisted living centers and nursing homes provide security and medical care for those who need it, aging in place is a better option for many. Resources like meal delivery help seniors remain independent at home for as long as possible. Here is what you should know about meals for seniors.

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Topics: Nutrition, Home Delivered Meals, Senior Health

Winter is Almost Here...Tips for Preparing Your Aging Parents

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Nov 19, 2015 1:52:17 PM

With winter just around the corner, it's time to start preparing your aging parents for inclement weather, particularly if they live in another city or state. When a winter storm hits, your parents may not have easy access to meals or other essentials. Here are some tips for long-distance caregivers:

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Senior Health

Reauthorization of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Delayed by Congress

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Oct 13, 2015 9:32:42 AM

What is the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act?

According to the Food and Research Action Center (FRAC), more than 1 in 5 children live in households facing a constant struggle against hunger.  The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization (CNR) Act provides the federal funding for school meals and child nutrition programs. The purpose is to ensure low-income children have access to healthy and nutritious foods. Every five years, Congress reviews the funding levels and develops new policies to strengthen and improve the programs. The current law for CNR is the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010.  The deadline for reauthorizing CNR was September 30, 2015.  This leaves many wondering what will happen to the children served by the programs funded by this act.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, School Lunch

Reduce Healthcare Costs with Home Delivered Meals

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Sep 8, 2015 12:02:20 PM

1 Out of Every 3 Patients Admitted to the Hospital is Malnourished!

Many Americans are surprised to learn that malnutrition is a very real problem among hospitalized patients in the U.S. In fact, research has shown that approximately one of every three patients admitted to a hospital is malnourished. Left untreated, about two-thirds of those patients will become more severely malnourished during their hospitalization. Approximately one-third of patients who are not suffering from malnutrition upon hospital admission will become malnourished by the time they are discharged.

Malnutrition Increases the Risk of Complications from Diseases

Malnutrition has far-reaching effects, causing impairment on many levels. Poor nutritional status impairs the immune system, delays wound healing, causes unhealthy changes in body composition, reduces muscle strength and can decrease the function and efficiency of vital organs and systems, such as the kidneys, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and more. Malnutrition is also associated with fatigue, apathy and depression. These effects and others contribute to poor treatment outcomes as compared to well-nourished patients, including longer recovery times and increased risk of complications.

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Topics: Malnutrition in Elderly, Healthcare Cost Reduction

Farm to School Programs: Healthy Kids and Healthy Economy

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Aug 18, 2015 1:04:48 PM

Farm-to-School Programs

With the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, the National School Lunch Program requires a greater variety of vegetables be served throughout the school week. However, getting children to try vegetables has proven to be a challenge. As a result, many schools are implementing farm-to-school programs. The National Farm to School Program was authorized by Congress in 2004, with the intent to supply fresh, locally grown foods to schools. Children are more willing to try new foods if they interact with the grower.  Local farmers also benefit from financial opportunities by supplying schools and food distributors. 

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Healthy Lunch, School Lunch

Q&A about Salt and Low Sodium Meals for the Elderly

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Jul 30, 2015 1:52:00 PM

Nine out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium. Too much sodium is a health concern for all ages, but particularly for older Americans. Kidney function declines with age, so seniors have a more difficult time removing excess sodium from their bodies.  While the body needs an adequate amount of sodium to function, too much sodium can lead to stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure.  

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Topics: Nutrition, Home Delivered Meals, Senior Health, Cardiac Diet, Sodium

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