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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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What Do New Shoes and Home Delivered Meals Have in Common?

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Jul 2, 2015 2:25:00 PM

Not too long ago, I was walking through a neighborhood after a thunderstorm had passed by. I noticed an elderly woman with a walker, trying to cross the road.  The recent downpour had created a wide puddle along the street that was several inches deep.  She explained to me that she had new shoes on and she didn’t want to get them wet by stepping into the water.  She needed to cross the street, because the bus that went to the local grocery store would be coming soon. We managed to get her across the puddle with minimal damage to her new shoes.  I waited for the bus with her and found out grocery shopping was her Monday routine.  Actually, it was her routine several times a week.  She doesn’t have family nearby to help with shopping.  During each trip to the grocery store, she buys only what will fit in the basket of her walker.  After 15 or so minutes, the bus had not come.  Since I do not rely on public transportation, it took awhile for me to realize that it was Memorial Day and the busses were not running on their regular schedule.  I offered to get my car and take her to the store, but she decided her best option was to get back over that huge puddle and go back home.  It was unsettling to me that she might not have food at home to eat. Unfortunately, there are too many seniors out there with the same issue.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals

Breakfast Really is the Most Important Meal of the Day

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Apr 8, 2015 12:34:00 PM

School breakfast improves achievement scores

A recent study conducted by David Frisvold, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Iowa, finds students who attend schools that participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's School Breakfast Program (SBP) have higher achievement scores in math, science, and reading than students in schools that don't participate. This is consistent with other studies about school breakfast. A brief prepared by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), summarizes the findings from research on school breakfast:

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Shelf-Stable Breakfast, School Breakfast, School Achievement Scores, Breakfast in the Classroom, Resources for Teachers

Lower Healthcare Costs with Home-Delivered Meals

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Mar 17, 2015 3:30:00 PM


This is the final post of our 5-part series, Impact of Nutrition Care on Patient Outcomes.  In this series, we reviewed original research that shows the impact nutrition care has on patient outcomes.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Chronic Disease Management, MCO ROI

Hospital Malnutrition and Discharge Planning

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Mar 4, 2015 1:10:00 PM

This is the fourth of a 5-part series, Impact of Nutrition Care on Patient Outcomes.  In this series, we will review original research that shows the impact nutrition care has on patient outcomes.

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Topics: Malnutrition in Elderly, Home Delivered Meals, MCO ROI

Do Home-Delivered Meals Affect Surgical Outcomes?

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Feb 18, 2015 2:46:00 PM

This is the third of a 5-part series, Impact of Nutrition Care on Patient Outcomes.  In this series, we will review original research that shows the impact nutrition care has on patient outcomes.

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Topics: Malnutrition in Elderly, MCO ROI

Does being underweight lead to unplanned hospital readmissions?

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Feb 2, 2015 9:19:00 AM

This is the second of a 5-part series, Impact of Nutrition Care on Patient Outcomes.  In this series, we will review original research that shows the impact nutrition care has on patient outcomes.

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Topics: Malnutrition in Elderly, Home Delivered Meals, MCO ROI

Weight Loss and Hospital Readmissions

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Jan 16, 2015 9:52:00 AM

This is the first of a 5-part series, Impact of Nutrition Care on Patient Outcomes.  In this series, we will review original research that shows the impact nutrition care has on patient outcomes.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, MCO ROI

What Everyone Ought to Know about Holiday Buffets!

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Dec 19, 2014 7:33:30 AM

1.  Don't get sick!

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in six people get sick with a foodborne illness each year. Unfortunately, holiday buffets can be a breeding ground for foodborne pathogens!  This holiday season, focus on food safety to keep your family and friends well for the new year.  Here is everything you need to know for your celebration!

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Why We Love School Lunch (And You Should, Too!)

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Dec 17, 2014 8:35:00 AM

Bringing lunch from home

When my son was younger, he was a picky eater. He didn’t like to eat the school-prepared lunches…he always wanted to bring lunch from home. In our minds, I think we both thought his packed lunches would be like this:

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Healthy Lunch, Lunch from Home, School Lunch

5 Great Resources for Emergency Preparedness

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Nov 6, 2014 8:26:20 AM

Any area in the U.S. could be affected by a disaster or emergency.  Besides natural disasters, we also need to be concerned about pandemics, terrorist hazards, blackouts, and chemical/radiation incidents. With current concerns about Ebola and severe winter weather just around the corner, it is a good time to prepare for emergencies.  Being prepared helps reduce our risks, especially when seconds count.  Different plans are needed for different situations.  Some groups, like older or disabled adults, need specialized plans. GA Foods has supported FEMA's response efforts in many natural disasters.  We understand the importance of being prepared, so we have compiled a list of 5 great resources that will help you with emergency essentials.  

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