Archives by: Tamika Handfield

Super Brain Foods

With end of year examinations in full swing, I thought I would focus on foods that children can eat that support good brain function. Now, it is important to remember that these are not magical foods and will not give your child any super powers during their exams (only hard word and studying can do that), but research has shown that these foods promote cognitive abilities ad prevent its decline in later life. So, what are those foods? Fish. Fatty fish like salmon, ... Read more

Feet Complications related to Diabetes

Written by a Podiatrist friend, Dr. Armando Gonzalez Complications of diabetes are very real and if left untreated could lead to amputation of a toe, foot, leg or worst your life.   Diabetes when poorly managed will affect the feeling, as well as the blood flow, to your feet and legs. Decreased blood flow and loss of feeling influences the ability to heal a simple cut, scratch or minor infection.  Overall it will take longer to heal wounds of any kind. When you let ... Read more

Prevent Childhood Obesity with these Tips

Childhood obesity has been declared an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  A disease is declared an epidemic when it has developed and spread very rapidly and extensively.  In other words then, childhood obesity is taking the world—especially the Western, world by storm.  The CDC cites statistics like, ‘Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years’ or ‘in 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or ... Read more

Parents should skip the diet talk

A number of parents have spoken to me about putting their child on a ‘diet’ because they feel, or have been told, that the child is overweight.  Although I know what they are referring to when they ask for a diet, the first thing I usually do is explained to them that a ‘diet’ is simply the foods and beverages a person eats and drinks on a regular basis.  Secondly, I explained why putting a child on a diet, where certain ... 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

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

My son is in fifth grade and almost daily I realize I am not always smarter than a fifth grader.  A few days ago he came home with an assignment that I remember having as an assignment while pursuing my Masters degree.  Yeah, I was pretty shocked too!! He and his class have been learning about reading food labels and making better food choices overall.  For this assignment, they chose a food they love and then modified it to make it more ... 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

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

National Nutrition Month is an annual observance in March created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).  This is a time when more attention is focused on the importance of eating healthy and how we can make living healthy, through nutrition and exercise, a lifelong habit.  This year’s National Nutrition Month’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. We eat foods for a variety of reasons—to satisfy our huger, socializing or for growth and maintenance.  What is the first thought ... 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
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