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Sean LoBianco

Sean LoBianco is the Manager of Business Development at GA Foods. As a native Floridian, Sean loves to fish and spend his days on the water. He and his family enjoy their beach days and barbeques!
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Healthy Meals for Good Maternal Health

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Aug 10, 2021 1:49:30 PM


Expecting a baby can be a very joyful time! However, it can also be stressful for women with pre-existing conditions or other conditions that may develop during pregnancy. Fortunately, a health plan can take steps to help to ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery for its high-risk members.

Receiving proper prenatal care is the first step. Regular visits to an obstetrician are necessary to ensure good fetal development and the health of the mother.

One way to stay healthy is through a proper diet. Good nutrition during pregnancy can lower the risk for poor maternal and child outcomes, including low birth rates and premature delivery. Healthy meals are vital for those who experience high-risk pregnancies, including those managing gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.

Proper maternal health is essential for:

  • Healthy blood pressure, weight, and wellness
  • Reducing preterm labor
  • Avoiding NICU admissions
  • Overall lower maternal pre and postnatal costs

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Some health care plans may offer their members telehealth Medical Nutrition Therapy. These sessions partner women with a Registered Dietitian (RD) during pregnancy and when they return home from the hospital. The RD will educate the member in selecting, preparing, and eating appropriate food for their condition. They can also recommend a medically tailored meal plan to fit the unique prenatal and postnatal needs. Medically tailored meals help to manage existing conditions to treat those that can occur during pregnancy.

Common chronic conditions that may occur during pregnancy are:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Obesity

Offering a home-delivered meals program to expectant mothers is a simple way to address the Social Determinants of Health, including food insecurity, help to encourage breastfeeding, and reducing preterm births. Providing nourishment to high-risk mothers can help reduce NICU and overall healthcare costs.

Click below to learn more about GA Foods' KickStart Maternal Health program. 

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Topics: Nutrition, Social Determinants of Health, Maternal Health, Chronic conditions, Healthy mothers

Helping Patients Heal At Home!

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Jun 4, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Hospitals and healthcare systems are addressing the Social Determinants of Health for their patients throughout the continuum of care. Studies show that social, economic, and environmental factors are contributing factors to patient health.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Medicare, Nutrition Care, Malnutrition, Post Discharge, Managing At-Risk Patients, aging in place, Social Determinants of Health

Privacy Protection For Health Plans

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Apr 2, 2020 2:25:48 PM

Privacy protection, particularly in the world of healthcare, remains a primary concern for health plans, patients, and their families, especially as more systems and technology platforms compromise records.

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Topics: Healthy Home Delivered Meals, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Senior Health Plans, Cyber Security

Celebrating National Senior Center Month

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Sep 4, 2019 11:17:06 AM

September is National Senior Center Month,  and this year's theme is "Senior Centers: The Key To Aging Well."  Senior Centers offer ways to keep older adults active, social, and provide programs to help them to continue to learn and grow. Sharing meals is a popular activity at Senior Centers and provides a vital social interaction that is so important to older adults.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Senior Nutrition, aging in place

Take Heart - Healthy Foods Can be Delicious!

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Jul 11, 2019 11:07:00 AM

(This post was originally published on February 15, 2018 and updated on July 10, 2019).

We all know that eating healthy can help to reduce your risk of heart disease-- and your waistline! But did you know that heart-healthy foods can be delicious? ! And it's easier than you may think! 

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Topics: Heart Disease, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Senior Nutrition

Calm Before the Storm - Prepare Now for Hurricane Season!

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Jun 19, 2019 11:04:00 AM

With summer upon us, the looming threat of hurricanes is also underway. Atlantic storms typically bring torrential downpours, high winds, power outages, floods, and more. These dangerous and severe conditions make a proper emergency plan critical for your safety and survival.

Now is the time to protect yourself and your family. Not sure where to start? We’re here to help with this simple list of tips.
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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Emergency Preparedness, Shelf-Stable Meals, Disaster

Food Insecurity Among Seniors

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Mar 27, 2019 10:27:00 AM

With nearly 1 in 6 seniors facing the threat of hunger and malnourishment, food insecurity is now a nationwide epidemic that is getting more expansive by the day. And with a yearly healthcare bill of $130 billion due to medical issues stemming from senior hunger, it’s also getting more expensive.

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Topics: Healthy Meals for Seniors, Senior Nutrition

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

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

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