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Spaghetti and Meatballs Goes Plant-based

Posted on June 4, 2018 by John Graziano, Executive Chef, Valley Dining

Spaghetti and meatballs go meatless--a new twist on the traditional dish! Using whole grain Barilla pasta and whole ingredients like butternut squash, almonds, olive oil, chick peas and quinoa, this make-over dish is rich in vitamin A, folate, riboflavin, niacin and is a good source of fiber while providing no cholesterol or saturated fats. 
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Healthy Smoothie Ideas

Posted on May 29, 2018 by Andrea Collins, MS, RD, CDE, Dietitian, The Valley Hospital

Smoothies can be a delicious and healthy part of your food plan. Include the ingredients below to boost your phytonutrient, protein, omega 3 and fiber intake. 
 
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Do You Eat with Color in Mind?

Posted on April 24, 2018 by Janet Brancato, MS, RD, The Valley Hospital

When you look down at your plate at meal times do you see a variety of colors?  If the answer is yes, then you are probably eating very nutritious food. If not, then you may be missing important nutrients during your day. More color usually indicates more nutrition.  
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From My Heart To Yours: A Personal Story

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Deborah Rath, BSN, R.N., Program Director, Valley Thrive!

About five months ago, I lost my best girlfriend and life’s biggest cheerleader. My mom enjoyed 93 years of life...I miss her every day. She was an inspiration to all she came in contact with.
 
As Mom approached her later years of life, she asked me to take on the big responsibility of being her health proxy. As an R.N., I pondered the clinical, emotional and psychological task.
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What is Testicular Cancer?

Posted on April 17, 2018 by Howard Frey, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Urologic Oncology Center

Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men ages 15 to 35. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that there will be approximately 9,310 new cases of testicular cancer diagnosed in the United States in 2018.
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From Early Signs to Treatment: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Autism

Posted on April 9, 2018 by Lisa Nalven, M.D., Director, Developmental Pediatrics, The Valley Hospital Kireker Center for Child Development

Autism spectrum disorders are being diagnosed in ever increasing numbers. Nationally, there are about 1 in 68 children identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. However, the ADDM estimates that the number is even higher in New Jersey, with 1 in 45 children being diagnosed with an ASD. 
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Do You Know How to Go Further With Food?

Posted on March 20, 2018 by Julia S. Buckley, MS, RD

March marks the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign focused on the importance of making informed food choices and promoting healthy eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Go Further with Food” and it encourages us to not only start our day with a healthy breakfast, but to be mindful of our food choices, meal planning and meal preparation in an effort to reduce food loss and waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home and how to cut back on your food waste will help us all to “Go Further with Food” while also saving nutrients and money. 
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Colorectal Cancer: Routine Colonoscopies and Early Detection Can Save Your Life

Posted on March 6, 2018 by Mitchell Rubinoff, M.D., Chair, Gastroenterology, Valley Medical Group

Having a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer is not on anyone’s list of favorite activities. However, with colorectal cancer ranking as the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, undergoing the outpatient procedure as per the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines may be one of the smartest things you can do for your overall health.  
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Can Cancer Treatment Lead to Heart Disease?

Posted on February 21, 2018 by Benita Burke, M.D., Medical Director, Heart Care for Women, and Eleonora Teplinsky, M.D., Head, Breast Medical Oncology, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

Advances in cancer treatment have resulted in a growing number of cancer survivors. However, powerful treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation treatments and some cancer drugs are not without their risks, including the potential for serious, long-term damage to the heart. To mitigate these risks, specialists from cardiology and oncology often collaborate when treating cancer patients. This joining of clinical forces is known as cardio-oncology.
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Heart-Healthy Soup for Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 14, 2018 by Nikole Gavriilidis, MS, RD, CDE

Do you need some ideas on how to warm your Valentine’s heart this February? Why not try this heart-healthy soup in honor of American Heart Month! Simmering with flavor and packed with vegetables, this soup will become your sweetheart’s winter favorite. The featured ingredient is butternut squash, a seasonal vegetable that is a great source of vitamin A. Vitamin A plays an essential role in immune function, which is crucial during these cold winter months. Butternut squash is also a good source of fiber. A half-cup serving of butternut squash has three grams of fiber, which helps keep you full longer.  
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