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Caregiver Spotlight

Meet Shonda,

 Shonda is a dedicated and hard-working STNA for Caregiver USA. She loves having the opportunity to be the best part of someone’s worst day. She has worked in the health care field for over ten years. Shonda worked in a hospital setting for about six years. She realized that she wanted to provide more one-on-one care so she transitioned to home health. Her future goal is to become a Registered Nurse. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters! Caregiver USA is very appreciative of Shonda and everything she has and will accomplish for herself.

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How are You Sleeping?

March has been designated National Sleep Awareness Month. One part of sleep awareness is knowing how our sleep may be affected by changes in the environment.

Most of the United States returns to Daylight Saving Time beginning at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, March 8. As we spring forward and advance our clocks one hour, it is important to consider how this small change can affect our sleep.

Moving our clocks, watches, and cell phones in either direction changes the principal time cue—light—for setting and resetting our 24-hour natural cycle, or circadian rhythm. This makes our internal clock out of sync with our current day-night cycle.

In general, “losing” an hour in the spring is more difficult to adjust to than “gaining” an hour in the fall.  An “earlier” bedtime may cause difficulty falling asleep and increased wakefulness during the early part of the night.

If you have insomnia or are sleep-deprived already, you could experience more difficulties. In this situation, you could see decreased performance, concentration and memory during the workday, which is common to sleep-deprived individuals.  You also may experience fatigue and daytime sleepiness. All of these are more likely if you consume alcohol or caffeine late in the evening.

In general, people adjust to the change in time within a few days. You can help this by decreasing exposure to light in your home during the evenings, exercising, trying to have a consistent sleep schedule, and reducing or eliminating alcohol and caffeine

Visit https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2015/03/04/national-sleep-awareness-month/ for more about sleep, insomnia and work-life balance resources.

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Eat right at any Age and teach your Kids to do the same

March is National Nutrition Month,

Caregiver USA offers homemaker services. This service focuses on nutritional value for clients who cannot prepare meals or cannot go to the grocery store on their own for fresh foods, but it’s never too late or too early to think about preparing meals or keeping fresh foods in the home!

Whether you want to lose weight, maintain your current healthy weight or help your children grow up healthy and strong, proper nutrition plays a key role in meeting these goals. It’s important to understand what – and how much – you should be eating and drinking as well as how to set your children up for a lifetime of healthy nutrition habits.

Eating for weight loss or maintenance as an adult

You might remember learning about the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Guide Pyramid when you were growing up, and you also might recall hearing that it was replaced by something called MyPlate in 2011. My Plate provides an easy visual aid for how you should fill your plate at each meal. It promotes eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, which should cover half of the plate. Grains occupy a quarter of the plate, as do protein sources such as meat, fish and poultry. A glass of milk rests to the side, and desserts are nowhere in sight.

It is important to note however, that this perfect plate is something to strive for most of the time, while allowing exceptions for the occasional indulgence. If you commit to a meal plan that makes you feel constantly deprived, chances are, you will not stick to it long-term. Your best bet is to eat healthful, nutrient dense foods most of the time, but also learn how to incorporate treats in moderation.

The USDA advises us to focus on variety, amount and nutrition, choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium and added sugars, and to start with small changes to build healthier eating styles.

Visit choosemyplate.gov for a wealth of information on nutrition, including access to the MyPlate Checklist Calculator, (click on Online Tools then on Daily Checklist) which can help you calculate your personal calorie needs. Armed with that information, you can click through to your personalized Food pattern and plan for maintaining or achieving a healthy weight, which will tell you how many servings you should eat from each food group. You can even use MyPlate’s online SuperTracker to help you plan, analyze and track your diet and physical activity.

Helping your kids establish healthy eating habits

If you have children or grandchildren, you have an opportunity to help them develop healthy habits right from the start. Childhood is such an important time for proper nutrition because children are growing and developing at a rapid rate and need essential nutrients to fuel that growth.

“Parents, most often moms, are the gatekeepers for their families,” said Lindsay Brin, C.P.T., B.S.E. Exercise Science, creator of Moms Into Fitness. Ms. Brin is an internationally published author and sought-after fitness professional in the prenatal and postnatal field. She has starred in and choreographed 56 fitness DVDs designed for moms, based on her research with major universities. “When your kids are little, you control their access to food. You can look at this as a lot of pressure or as a wonderful opportunity.”

Following are some recommendations from Ms. Brin and her team of dietitians at Moms Into Fitness:

 

  • Make sure your kids regularly consume foods containing the top nutrients –calcium, fiber, protein, iron, antioxidants and omega-3s.
  • Feed your kids balanced meals using the plate method.
  • Do not force children to clean their plates.
  • Eat as a family at the table with no distractions.
  • Encourage kids to help prepare their meals and snacks.
  • Remember that it is normal for toddlers to be picky eaters. As long as they are growing appropriately, it is nothing to be immediately concerned about.

o   Be prepared to offer new foods 10-12 times.

o   Try various preparation methods.

o   Only offer one new food at a time and serve with familiar foods your child already likes.

  • Limit milk to two cups per day, juice to a maximum of 4 ounces per day, and do not allow children to drink diet or regular soda daily.
  • Learn the appropriate portion sizes and servings per day your kids should eat from each food group. Portion sizes for kids are different than those for adults and often different from the serving sizes you see on most nutrition labels.

What about snacks?

While mindless snacking throughout the day or snacking on a lot of junk food is not healthy, thoughtfully planned snacks can be a wonderful way to meet your family’s nutritional needs. Treat snacks like mini meals, and if you do serve yourself or your loved ones a convenience item such as pretzels, crackers or a granola bar, pair it with some produce, protein or dairy.

Whether you are heading to the zoo or museum for the day, meeting friends for an afternoon play date or perhaps just running some errands, plan ahead and pack snacks from home.

“By providing most foods from home and balancing your plate, you are able to also limit some of the most notorious dietary dangers – excess sodium, saturated fats and added sugars,” Ms. Brin said.

Non-perishable snacks might seem to be the most convenient items to pack, but if you invest in a few thermoses, some ice packs and an insulated lunch tote or small cooler, you can easily bring along string cheese, yogurt, fruit, and veggies with hummus or other dips. You can even skip the drive-thru on a full-day excursion by packing sandwiches, salads and soups.

Pay attention to the calories you and your children are drinking too. Age, weight, gender, activity level, and even outside temperature can impact how much fluid your child needs, Ms. Brin explains, however, most children need between six to eight cups of non-caffeinated, non-sugary fluids each day – water is best! If your kiddo is exceptionally active be sure they have water to drink while exercising and encourage them to drink often.

Don’t forget to walk the walk rather than just talking the talk. Your kids will notice if you preach good nutrition to them and serve them healthy foods but don’t follow the same nutrition guidelines yourself. Commit to healthy eating for the entire family. Bookmark this article as a handy reference, and try not to get overwhelmed – eating healthy really doesn’t have to be hard.

“It is information overload out there!” Ms. Brin said. “Don’t get too wrapped up in it – you know what is best. Aim for foods closest to their natural state, and stay away from artificial dyes, added sugars, etc. At the same time you shouldn’t eliminate treats, but teach your kids moderation.”

For more great information from Ms. Brin and Moms Into Fitness, visit https://www.momsintofitness.com/blog/.

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Patrick Stewart Surprises young Star Trek Fan

Sunny Skyz published a story today about A young Star Trek fan from Statesboro, Georgia, living with mitochondria disease. The young fan received the surprise of a lifetime while attending DragonCon, a popular sci-fi and fantasy convention.

The 11-year-old’s initial request was to simply attend the convention, but when Sir Patrick Stewart got word of Dawn’s trip, he decided to go and surprise her.

Stewart and Dawn embraced with a hug, but their meeting didn’t end there. The renowned actor spent one-on-one time chatting with Dawn and learning about her life.

“I was shy at first not sure what to say or talk about but he kept talking to me,” she told Mashable. “I felt like I was on the Enterprise talking to the Capt…. It makes me happy even when I am sick so I just wave and call Hello Sir Patrick.”
For Dawn, it was undoubtedly the #BestDayEver.
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Caregiver Spotlight

Meet Shonda,

 Shonda is a dedicated and hard-working STNA for Caregiver USA. She loves having the opportunity to be the best part of someone’s worst day. She has worked in the health care field for over ten years. Shonda worked in a hospital setting for about six years. She realized that she wanted to provide more one-on-one care so she transitioned to home health. Her future goal is to become a Registered Nurse. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters! Caregiver USA is very appreciative of Shonda and everything she has and will accomplish for herself.

For more information about Caregiver USA services visit http://www.CaregiverUSA.com or call 614-408-9939.

Fun Activities for You and Your Grand Kids

Wondering what you can do at home to keep the kids entertained on the weekends while you kick back with a nice cup of coffee? You’re in luck! Edible play dough is safe, easy and can be made in just 20 minutes.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 2 packages of Kool-Aid
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Once you have what you need:

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a sauce pan; remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and soft drink mix in a large bowl; stir the vegetable oil into the flour mixture using a spoon, not a whisk. Pour the hot water into the bowl and continue stirring. When the dough is cool enough to handle, turn it onto a lightly-floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Store unused portions in refrigerator.
  3. Grab a cup of coffee and visit Caregiver USA Facebook or Blog as a daily resource for local events, activities, health and much more!

 

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