National Women’s Health Week: Take Care of Yourself

by Char Brooks, J.D. Celebrating its sixteenth year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health kicks off another year of National Women’s Health Week, which runs May 10th through 16th. The purpose of National Women’s Health Week is to encourage women of all ages to see their healthcare provider for routine screenings as well as take the steps needed to … Continue reading National Women’s Health Week: Take Care of Yourself

American Diabetes Awareness Day

March 24, 2015 is the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Alert Day. Around 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, and an estimated 8.1 million of those are undiagnosed. It is estimated that 25.9% (11.8 million) of Americans age 65 and older have diabetes. Diabetes costs Americans roughly $176 billion for direct medical costs in 2012. It is estimated that an additional 86 million have prediabetes (or blood … Continue reading American Diabetes Awareness Day

Thank You Sears For Your Generous Donation!

Working with seniors through MiCAFE, Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly, we see many seniors over 60 who have trouble making ends meet and putting healthy food on their table. Every day, seniors struggle to not only purchase enough food to eat, but to actually eat a balanced diet. Even more problematic is that some seniors have problems chewing food. Over and over … Continue reading Thank You Sears For Your Generous Donation!

Breaking: Nearly 1 in 7 Americans rely on Food Aid Programs

Feeding America has released its Hunger in America 2014 study. Contributors to the report include 3 local Michigan food banks: Food Gatherers, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, and Food Bank of South Central Michigan. According to the report’s findings, Feeding America and its network of food banks helped provide assistance to 46.5 million Americans, including 7 million seniors, in 2014. National Geographic has an excellent article regarding the study, which includes the … Continue reading Breaking: Nearly 1 in 7 Americans rely on Food Aid Programs

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day

We all know eating healthy is important, but many people often struggle with creating weekly meals that are affordable, yet still delicious. A graduate from NYU has developed a cookbook filled with recipes that fall within a SNAP participants average budget, but without skimping on flavor or good ingredients. The beautiful cookbook is currently free online in PDF format, but is also part of a … Continue reading Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day

Seniors & SNAP: 5 Myths Busted

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps millions of seniors each year put healthy food on their tables. There are, however, common misconceptions about the SNAP program that often prevent older adults from enrolling in the program. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has put together a great fact sheet called “Seniors & SNAP: 5 Myths Busted,” that address these common misconceptions and provide some … Continue reading Seniors & SNAP: 5 Myths Busted