Monday, August 2, 2021

By Gentle Heron

You can teleport to any of the eight displays and exhibits using the SLURLs in this posting. After you arrive, click on the poster with the same name as the title of the poster set, and you will get a notecard that contains all the text of the posters plus descriptions of the images.

If you click each poster, you will get a message with additional information and live links.

Central Pavilion of Healthinfo Island

1. What is Spasticity?
image of hands, image of an OT pressing the knee of a prone client

2. Scoliosis
3 x-rays, 2 pictures of the spine, doctor examining the back of a patient

3. August is Water Quality Month
August is Water Quality Month

4. Hydration for Health (get a free glass of water to sip!)
Turquoise Rectangle with Hydration for Health in it.

5. Contact Lens Health
Blue gradient background with the words Contact Lens Health

6. Eye Health and Amblyopia Awareness Month
Blue to green gradient background with the words August is Eye Health and Amblyopia Month

7. Viral Variants
Lab technician uses an instrument, 10 viruses pictures, This information is current as of July 2021

8. August is Immunization Awareness Month
Green gradient background with the words August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Also check out the calming breathing exercise on the back wall!

Saturday, July 31, 2021

‘Conversation about Long–COVID’ Webinar on Monday August 2nd at 1 p.m. SLT

By Gentle Heron

On July 26, 2021, the US federal government released a package of resources to support individuals experiencing long-term symptoms of COVID-19, known commonly as “Long–COVID”. This guidance, a collaborative effort between the Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, Education, and Labor provides information about where individuals can access resources and accommodations and clarifies the rights for health, educational, and support services.

The White House Office of Public Engagement, in conjunction with agency partners from HHS, Education, and Labor, invites you to a Conversation about Long–COVID on Monday, August 2nd from 1-1:45 p.m. SLT (4-4:45 p.m. EDT). The agenda is to review the published guidance, provide information on how to access support services, and answer questions from the audience.

If you wish to attend the webinar, please register for it at this link below:

Each individual attendee must register in order to gain access to the meeting.

ASL interpreting and CART will be provided. If there are any other accommodations that would make this meeting accessible to you, please indicate it in the registration form.

**Note that this conversation will be off-the-record and is closed to the press.

Are You Dense About Food Density?

Food density is not about brick-like Yule fruitcakes. It means caloric density, or the number of calories in a volume of food.

High density foods have a lot of calories in a small amount of food. These are fatty foods such as fast food meals and fatty meats, and sugary items such as candy, cakes, cookies, and sodas.

Low density foods have fewer calories in each amount. They often have a lot of water or fiber, and tend to be low fat. Most fruits and vegetables are low density foods.

Eating low density foods is helpful for your diet, because you feel fuller with a lower calorie intake. The water in vegetables and fruits increases the volume in your stomach, allowing you to feel satisfied with much fewer calories. The fiber in whole grains and vegetables not only increases your sense of fullness, but helps you feel fuller longer because it takes longer to digest.

Switching to lower density foods should be done gradually. Let your body accommodate itself to the increase in fluid volume and fiber content. You will improve your health overall by making this switch.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

TIP - Two Things to Be Sure Are Full Before You Grocery Shop

1. A list - Between shopping trips or online orders, make an ongoing list of items you are running low on. You really won’t want to run out of milk, eggs, or toilet paper. If you plan meals ahead (and that’s a good idea!), add any ingredients to your shopping list that you will need.

2. Your stomach - If you shop when you are hungry, you are more likely to pick up junk food. It’s easy to avoid that temptation by eating before shopping.

When you head to the grocery store with a full stomach and a complete shopping list, you will probably come home with nutritious and healthy foods.