It has been 50 years since the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics started the annual celebration of National Nutrition Month®. The purpose is to remind Americans to learn more about making informed food choices and developing healthy eating habits.
Many homebound older adults do not receive adequate balanced meals, which are essential for managing chronic conditions such as diabetes and are vital for disease prevention. Unfortunately, proper nutrition and diet sometimes take a backseat to other steps in disease management. The body needs to receive the right balance of calories, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fats, and proteins from food to function well. Food as medicine is not a new concept, but a good diet should be taken seriously and be a top goal to help ensure a better quality of life.
At last, warmer temperatures are here, and it's time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine! If you are outside and increasing your activity level, it's crucial to be sure you are drinking enough water each day to avoid dehydration. You may be surprised to learn that dehydration is one of the more frequent causes of hospitalization for those 65 and older.
Most older adults want flavorful, convenient, and healthy meals. However, after hospitalization or managing a chronic illness, it may not be possible to shop and prepare meals. There are a variety of meal services that provide home-delivered meal options. Before making your choice, you may want to consider the benefits of frozen home-delivered meals.
With nutritious, wholesome, and convenient dishes in high demand, frozen meals are the perfect solution. Yet there is still a commonly held belief that they are just processed and filled with preservatives. And while that may have been true 20 years ago, the food industry has evolved with pressure from health-conscious consumers who are looking for healthier frozen meals that are easier to find and prepare.
Medically-tailored meals provide the right nutrition for those managing chronic conditions. Studies show that food is medicine for the prevention, management, and treatment of disease.
(This blog has been updated from its original April, 2019 posting).
Aging can be a scary time for many. The way we look, feel, and act does evolve over the years. But, that doesn’t mean that your best is all in the past!
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.
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:
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.