Health benefits of chocolate - six questions with Teresa Anderson, CDE, our resident dietician

Chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate? We want it in our breakfast, our lunch, our snacks, our vending machines and after dinner. It’s a staple of almost any holiday, birthday celebration, or just because you wanted chocolate. We are taught from an early age that chocolate isn’t good for us, but have you heard that chocolate candy may not be completely bad for our health after all. We decided to get to the bottom of the predicament by going to Teresa Anderson, our resident Dietician CDE, for the truth about chocolate.

Is chocolate good for you?

Sunblock: Why We Need it and What to Look For.

Going to the pool or doing yard work this summer? Maybe you’re just planning on a road trip with the top down, or you’re taking your dog for an afternoon stroll. Whatever it is you’re doing, don’t start without your sunscreen. Nobody likes a nasty sunburn, but there are more reasons to use sunblock than just to prevent sunburn. Here are some reasons why sunblock is important to your health: 

Four Heart-Healthy Reasons for Having a Dog.

Dog owners all know why we love dogs. We love when they wag their tails when we come home, or when they roll on their back and politely wait for their belly to be rubbed. Dogs can really make a house a home. But what we might not know is that dogs can also be good for our well-being, especially our heart. 

30 Minutes of Daily Walking Can Change Your Life!

We all know that we should be exercising more, but do we know why and how to get motivated? A good place to start is by realizing that effective exercise does not have to be an intense regimen like Rocky Balboa training to fight Apollo Creed! Exercise can be very effective even if it’s just 30 minutes of casual walking.

Want To Feel Healthier? Drink More Water & Less Soda

Sugary drinks like soda, sports drinks and energy drinks may be  keeping us from drinking enough water.

Sugary drinks are the fourth highest source of caloric intake in adults in the US, according to Teresa Anderson, a registered dietician & nutritionist,  and certified diabetes educator for Lovelace Medical Group.

Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital Partners with Ability Connection New Mexico

Last Saturday, Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital joined 100 walkers at El Oso Grande Park at Ability Connection New Mexico’s (ACNM) fourth annual Ability Walk. The Ability Walk is an hour long walk that celebrates the achievements of children and adults with disabilities. A supporter of ACNM’s fundraising initiatives, Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital is now working with ACNM to bring the Enabling Communication program to their patients.

Diabetes and nutrition - not a one-size-fits-all approach

March is National Nutrition Month and Lovelace Medical Group dietitian Teresa Anderson, RDN, LDN, CDE explains why this is an important time to take stock of your dietary needs, especially when living with diabetes. “Nutrition plays a vital role in helping or hurting your diabetes management,” explains Anderson. “Firstit is vital we consume ‘high-value’ foods – foods that are loaded with nutrients. We all have genetic risks and lifestyle risks for certain health problems or diseases ranging from cancers, dementia and heart disease to age-related macular degeneration.

Lovelace Westside Hospital Listed on Becker’s Hospital Review’s 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare

Lovelace Westside Hospital is honored to receive recognition from Becker’s Hospital Review as one of their 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare for 2015. The list, which was published March 16, 2015, recognizes healthcare providers and other healthcare-specific organizations selected based on workforce-centric awards received, benefits offerings, wellness initiatives, and efforts to improve professional development, diversity and inclusion, work-life balance and a sense of community and unity among employees.

Lovelace Medical Center Stroke Team Recognized for Stroke Care

A stroke can strike with little to no warning and when it does, time is brain. When you suffer an ischemic stroke, oxygen-rich blood can be blocked from reaching parts of the brain. If the blood flow is not restored, affected areas of the brain are damaged, resulting in a loss of function of other parts of the body controlled by the damaged part of the brain. This loss of function can either be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. That is why it is critical for stroke patients to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Could your life be one of the 21,000 saved by colon cancer screening?

A new study published in the journal Cancer March 12, 2015 finds that if 80 percent of Americans between the ages of 50 and 75 had the recommended colon cancer screening, 21,000 deaths from colon cancer could be prevented.

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