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Do You Eat with Color in Mind?

by Janet Brancato, MS, RD, The Valley Hospital

Posted on April 24, 2018

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

by Deborah Rath, BSN, R.N., Program Director, Valley Thrive!

Posted on April 19, 2018

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?

by Howard Frey, M.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Urologic Oncology Center

Posted on April 17, 2018

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

by Lisa Nalven, M.D., Director, Developmental Pediatrics, The Valley Hospital Kireker Center for Child Development

Posted on April 9, 2018

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?

by Julia S. Buckley, MS, RD

Posted on March 20, 2018

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

by Mitchell Rubinoff, M.D., Chair, Gastroenterology, Valley Medical Group

Posted on March 6, 2018

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?

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

Posted on February 21, 2018

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

by Nikole Gavriilidis, MS, RD, CDE

Posted on February 14, 2018

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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Many Don’t Know How to Respond in a Heart Health Emergency

by Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Director, Valley/Cleveland Clinic Affiliation, Valley Health System, and Chair, Cardiac Services, Valley Medical Group

Posted on February 5, 2018

Would you know what to do if a man or woman at your son’s baseball game went into cardiac arrest? Would you recognize the signs if you were having a heart attack? A new survey by Valley’s cardiovascular affiliate Cleveland Clinic reveals that many Americans aren’t sure.  
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Meal Planning Made Easy

by Janet Brancato, MS, RDN, Valley Dining

Posted on January 23, 2018

We all know that cooking is much healthier than frequent eating out or take out because a home cook is more in control of the ingredients and portions. Unfortunately, it can be much easier with a busy schedule to do the latter. I have many clients that struggle with planning, shopping, and cooking during the week, when the schedule is fast paced and time is limited.
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