Saturday, March 26, 2022

Celebrate National Nutrition Month in March

You really are what you eat. This is a good time to think about the foods on your plate and in your refrigerator and pantry. Here are some suggestions for celebrating National Nutrition Month.

Learn how to read Nutrition Facts labels. Check out foods before you buy them to see how healthy (or unhealthy) they are.

Include new healthful foods in your meal plans. Check out this “If you like this…, try this…” list of new fruits and vegetables. Make a grocery list that includes the new items you wish to try.

What is your cultural heritage? What foods from that heritage are the most healthful?

Donate healthy nonperishable foods to your local food bank.

Download and read fact sheets, such as these:


Learn about Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and what they can do for you. Consider asking your doctor for a referral to a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Many insurance plans will pay for you to receive personalized nutrition information related to your disability and your healthy eating goals.

Share healthy recipes on social media this month. Try new healthy recipes you find on blogs or other sites.

Follow some tips for eating healthy on a budget.

Learn more about National Nutrition Month at this website created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

What Does a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Do?

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists have college or university degrees in nutrition dietetics, public health, or a related field. They then complete an internship and pas a professional examination before being granted their certification as an RDN. They must maintain their knowledge throughout their career by participating in continuing education coursework.

RDNs help individuals make positive changes in their lifestyles by translating nutrition science into practical solutions. They may work in hospitals or clinics, schools, nursing homes, the food industry, or university or private research firms. Their general goal is to improve the nutritional status of all people worldwide.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Start Your Day with Humor

Frog husband takes picture o frog wife

Things always seem to go wrong in the mornings, whether you are trying to get yourself out the door to that morning meeting at work, if you have three young children to get ready for school, or even if you work from home but have to take care of pets before you can settle down to an important Zoom meeting. You can’t find your car keys. The dog ate the middle kid’s homework, the youngest threw up and seems to have a fever, and the oldest doesn’t want a bologna sandwich in her lunch. Someone left the lid off the trash bin and the dogs got into it overnight, spreading garbage all over the kitchen floor.

What to do to maintain your sanity?

A dose of humor will help. Look up some jokes online that you can share or chuckle over by yourself to share later with a colleague. Listen to a comedy show. Share some (good) news photos and make up silly captions with the kids. 

If humor won’t be adequate to get you through a weekday morning, it is great to have taken care of as many morning matters as possible the night before. Pack lunches, backpacks, and briefcases. Look over the family event calendar to be sure everyone is prepared for what will take place tomorrow. Check that all signed permission forms are ready to go, and that homework (theirs and yours) has been completed. Put the car keys and personal grooming tools where they belong. Set out tomorrow’s clothing selection. 

Best of all, adopt a new attitude. There never was and never will be a perfect morning routine. The most you can achieve is your best, and that may not be perfect. Learn to accept this. What you do in the morning is far more important than what doesn’t get done.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Healthinfo Island Displays and Exhibits for March 2022

You can teleport to any of the eight displays and exhibits using the SLURLs in this blog by clicking the links below. 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.

Infectious Disease Timeline, 1796-1971

Infectious Disease Timeline, 1952-present

Childhood Vaccination Requirements

Learn About Vaccines

Insulin Resistance

March is National Social Work Month

Accessibility FAILS: Ramps

Accessibility FAILS: Toilets

I think my favorite FAIL poster is the one I call the Ski Jump Wheelchair Ramp. Which one is yours?