Spring Into Better Health: The Pantry Edition

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

With spring often comes spring cleaning. You may have a chance to clean your house inside and out. However, what about your pantry? How often do you clean your pantry? If you’re trying to lose weight or adopt a healthy lifestyle, consider these questions.

“There are many reasons to consider cleaning out your pantry,” says Amanda Leisenheimer, who is a registered dietitian with Mayo Clinic Health System. “You might have set a New Year’s resolution to start eating healthier, but still have old temptations waiting for you on the shelf. Removing those temptations from your grasp will help you stay on track with your goals.” Continue reading

Mediterranean diet linked to a healthier heart

Source: Mediterranean diet linked to a healthier heart – Medical News Today

Choosing to eat a Mediterranean diet is better for people with heart disease than avoiding the unhealthy contents of a so-called Western diet, says research published in the European Heart Journal.

A Mediterranean diet includes a high proportion of fruit, vegetables, fish, and unrefined foods. A Western diet contains refined grains, sweets, desserts, sugared drinks, and deep-fried food.

The new research shows that the Mediterranean diet can decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke in people who already have heart disease.

At the same time, it suggests that if people avoid the unhealthy aspects of a Western diet, they also avoid worsening their risk of cardiac problems.

Guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend frequent consumption of fruit, vegetables, fish, and other whole foods, say the authors of the current report. Continue reading

Patients are not customers

Source: Patients are not customers.  Here are 6 reasons why.

Recently I wrote about the problems with maintenance of certification requirements. One of the phrases I repeatedly read when I was researching the piece was “the patient as customer.”

Here’s a quote from the online journal produced by Accenture, the management consulting company:

Patients are less forgiving of poor service than they once were, and the bar keeps being raised higher because of the continually improving service quality offered by other kinds of companies with whom patients interact — overnight delivery services, online retailers, luxury auto dealerships and more. With these kinds of cross-sector comparisons now the norm, hospitals will have to venture beyond the traditional realm of merely providing world-class medical care. They must put in place the operations and processes to satisfy patients through differentiated experiences that engender greater loyalty. The key is to approach patients as customers, and to design the end-to-end patient experience accordingly.

Except for one thing. Patients are not customers. Continue reading

Test your knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease!

Source: Mayo Clinic

Do you know how many people in the world have Alzheimer’s disease? What are the symptoms? Raising awareness and understanding is an important part of our fight to find better ways to treat — and eventually cure — this debilitating disease. So take our quiz today and see how much you know!

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