Take out the grill…Summer is here

Summer is definitely here! If the temperature did not let you know, then the threats of storms and multiple grill outs will make sure you know it’s summer time. Earlier this week, I attended a ‘Jerk Fest’, which reminded me of the importance of grilling foods. According to online dictionaries, Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Once marinated ... Read more

Childhood Obesity–A Form of Child Abuse?

The month of April is recognized as Child Abuse Awareness Month.  There are many forms of child abuse—sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse all of which damage children to the core.  Local organizations that advocate for the protection of children have been doing a great work in increasing awareness to this problem. The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), defines child abuse and neglect as: “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker ... Read more

Read all about it: Eating Healthy when there is no Budget

In recognition of National Nutrition Month, Nutrition in Demand hosted a one-day workshop entitled “Eating Healthy when There is no Budget” on March 22, 2014 at Occasions Ballroom.  The cost of food and the basic essentials have skyrocketed yet the minimum wages have remained the same.  Registered Dietitian and Nutrition in Demand’s Executive Director, Mrs. Tamika Handfield said, “One of the main reasons this workshop was planned was to show persons that eating healthy is not impossible even when money is ... Read more

Eating Healthy when there is no Budget

Taste has been proven to be the number one factor influencing food chose, but cost is also a strong determining factor.  There is a myth that healthy foods are too expensive.  Therefore, consumers feel it is cheaper to eat fast foods; they sometimes opt to sacrifice nutrition for cost in order to satisfy the physiological need of hunger. While eating healthy may seem to be more expensive, feeding your family nutritiously is not impossible and it can be affordable.  You may find ... Read more

Grapefruit and Your Heart

With Valentine’s Day just past and February being Heart Awareness Month, love is still in the air and so this week we will continue to focus on how we can show our heart some love. Having high cholesterol, especially the bad cholesterol known as Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, increases the chances of developing heart disease later in life.  The accumulation of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries lead to stiffening of the arteries, which affects the way the blood flows. There are ... Read more

Finishing Strong in 2013

I struggled with choosing a topic for this edition.  I had so many ambitious ideas for these last few weeks in 2013—I wanted this article to be helpful, interesting, festive, jolly and so much more!! Then, I realized I wanted to do too much; I wanted to accomplish too many goals and was becoming overwhelmed.  How many of you are like me this? You set goals that sound so good but in reality are unrealistic. I have heard people say “I ... Read more

Diabetes and its related complications

Diabetes is sometimes viewed as a not-so-serious disease because the effects on the body are not readily seen.  Persons may say, ‘I have a little sugar’ or ‘The doctor said I have a touch of sugar.’  These conditions do not exist; a person either has diabetes, too much sugar in the blood, or may be pre-diabetic.  Being pre-diabetic means having higher than normal blood sugar levels but not high enough to be call diabetes.  Statements like those above let me know ... Read more

Nutrition in Demand holds Nutrition Education classes at Providenciales Primary School

Students in grades 2 – 6 from Providenciales Primary School had a chance to practice hands on nutrition as they took part in Nutrition Education classes put on by Nutrition in Demand a non-profit organization founded by Registered Dietitian, Mrs. Tamika Handfield.  These classes were held June 12th -14th during the school’s “Keeping Healthy Week”. The nutrition education sessions were divided into two main sections: education and cooking.  During the sessions, some classes discussed the importance and goodness of whole grains and ... Read more