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nutrition awareness month

What do certain foods do for you? Why do you need to eat from all four food groups?

Our bodies function on a delicate balance of electrolytes, minerals, and nutrients. Without certain key elements of a healthy diet, we simply cannot function at our best. To ensure that you are getting all the nutrients you need, eat a balanced diet that incorporates all four food groups.


Grains such as whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta, and brown rice contain important nutrients that help you feel your best. When you eat whole grains, you’re getting:

  • Dietary Fiber – fiber helps lower your risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, and helps promote healthy digestion. Fiber also helps you feel fuller longer, which keeps you from overeating and consuming unnecessary calories.
  • B vitamins – thiamin, riboflavin and niacin are B vitamins found in grains that give you energy. B vitamins help you to process the protein, fats and carbohydrates in your diet, and promote a healthy nervous system.
  • Folic acid – another B vitamin, folic acid aids in forming red blood cells, which, in turn, carry oxygen throughout the body to the major organ systems.
  • Iron – iron is a crucial nutrient that your body uses in the blood stream to transport oxygen all over the body. Without enough iron, one can develop anemia.


Healthy proteins include fish, lean poultry, avocados and nuts. From these sources you’ll get:

  • Protein – these are the building blocks of your entire body. Proteins are used to form bones, muscles, skin, cartilage and blood. You wouldn’t be you without protein, so make sure you are getting enough every day.
  • Magnesium – used in muscles, magnesium helps muscle cells to contract, release, and expel energy.
  • Zinc – your immune system needs zinc in order to stay on high alert and protect you from any bacteria or viruses that may be going around.
  • Vitamin E – vitamin E is used to strengthen your teeth, skin, nails, hair and your eyes.


Fruits such as oranges, bananas, grapes, and apples, to name just a few, are incredibly healthy choices that must be incorporated into your diet. Fruits are naturally low in fat and sodium, and include no cholesterol. Fruits also carry special vitamins and minerals that your body needs such as:

  • Potassium – if you ever feel weak or if you experience cramps in the legs, you may be lacking potassium. Muscles need potassium in order to contract and relax properly.
  • Vitamin C – vitamin C plays an important part in repairing body tissues and maintaining a healthy immune system. Vitamin C also promotes healthy teeth and gums.
  • Folic acid – in order to get oxygen to every part of your body from your head to your toes, your body needs folic acid to form healthy blood cells.


Vegetable are possibly the most important food group. Vegetables are naturally low in calories and are packed with essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly:

  • Vitamin A – vitamin A is a powerful tool that works to keep your eyes sharp and your skin strong and resilient.
  • Potassium – for proper muscle function and a healthy blood pressure, be sure to get enough potassium by eating sweet potatoes, beans and lentils, and spinach.
  • Dietary fiber – vegetables such as leafy greens, carrots and celery are jam packed with dietary fiber that will help keep you feeling full longer and will help your body optimize all your food for best use.
  • Vitamin C – if you hate to get sick, be sure to get as much vitamin C as possible to keep your immune system in fighting shape. Vitamin C also helps heal wounds inside and out.

Image credit for Nutrition Awareness: How What You Eat Impacts Your Health and Wellness: Honolulu Media

social worker appreciation month

For Social Worker Appreciation Month show your social worker you appreciate them for all they do for you

Social workers have one of the hardest jobs today. There are too few social workers and so many people in need of the work they do that social workers are often given double the workload of the industry standard just to accommodate so many cases. With such a challenging job, social workers just want to know they are making a difference in the world.

The Job of a Social Worker

Social workers are charged with numerous responsibilities ranging from the most simple and mundane, to the gruesome and challenging. Social workers are in charge of the following tasks and many, many more:

  • Aiding families who have suffered a traumatic event, act of violence or tragic loss
  • Helping people suffering from chronic illnesses receive the care they need
  • Connecting medical patients with suitable doctors and care takers
  • Anticipating and planning for any conflicts or emergencies that may arise for a client
  • Identify environmental obstacles (such as lack of a wheel chair ramp or structural issues in a home) and make arrangements to have the obstacle removed or modified
  • Removing abused children or dependent adults from dangerous and neglectful homes
  • Reporting child or elder abuse to the authorities
  • Keeping detailed notes on any and all encounters with families, including children, extended family members, neighbors, co-workers, and others involved in the lives of the family
  • Staying up to date with local legislature and public resource availabilities
  • Establishing good working relationships with resources and service providers
  • Teaching clients healthy coping skills and life lessons
  • Advocating for clients who are going through legal troubles
  • Adhering to state and county regulations on frequency of home visits for all clients

Showing You Care on Social Worker Appreciation Month

The people who go into the field of social work are those who love helping people. But with so many tasks to juggle and so many cases to manage, social workers rarely ever receive even a simple thank you. This month, show your social worker that you care. Here are just a few ways you can say, “Thanks!”

  • Write a letter – by writing a letter of thanks to your social worker, he or she will be able to read about how their actions have changed your life for the better. Tell your social worker how you feel about all they do for you and you will brighten your social worker’s day any time your letter is read.
  • Take a picture – unfortunately, social workers handle a lot of sad cases that don’t always end happily. So take a pleasant photo of you, your family or even with you and your social worker and give it to him or her to hang in the office. The picture will remind your social worker that even though some cases just don’t turn out well, there is still good and joy in the world.
  • Make a phone call – reach out to your social worker’s supervisor and tell him or her what a great job your social worker is doing and how they’ve helped you. Your call may even get your social worker a special recognition or a raise.

There are so many things you can do to show your social worker that you care and appreciate the fact that he or she is in your life. But all you really need to do to make a difference is give your social worker a warm smile, and a sincere “Thank you.”

Image credit for Social Worker Appreciation Month: How to Show Social Workers the Appreciation They Deserve: Fern

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Learning how to properly wash your hands is probably one of the easiest, yet often forgotten ways of preventing the spread and contraction of disease. Did you know that your hands may be deadly weapons? It is true. Your fingers may be harboring a veritable rogue’s gallery of potentially deadly characters. From dangerous viruses like pneumonia […]

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