Monthly Archives: August 2014

Healthy Recipes for Back to School

With the rush of summer coming to a close and school upon us, finding healthy recipes can be the last thing on our minds! Fortunately, they are super easy to find. Below are a few resources to find healthy recipes to keep your family well fed!

FondY5210 – A local resource from the Living Well FDL coalition with recipes to help incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet.

www.pinterest.com/livingwellfdl – A local resource from Living Well FDL coalition with many recipes and ideas to stay healthy.

What’s Cooking? – A USDA resource with searchable recipes. Includes recipes for large families, recipes that include SNAP eligible foods and price estimates, and recipes in Spanish. Nutrition facts are included as well.

Festival Foods – Eat Well Blog – Updated on Wednesdays, this blog highlights a new recipe that can be easily made or found at Festival Foods each week.

Feel free to leave your favorite recipe site or resources in the comments below! Happy and healthy eating!

Living Well FDL Coalition

Saving Face

Saving Face

Imagine if you suddenly lost one or two of your front teeth. Smiling, talking, eating—everything would suddenly be affected.

Mouthguards help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Knowing how to prevent injuries like these is especially important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities.

A mouthguard is an essential piece of gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age. Studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouthguard. While contact sports, such as football and hockey, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, you can experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics, skating and baseball.

There are three types of mouthguards: 

  • Custom-fitted. These are made by your dentist for you personally. They are more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customized, usually offer the best fit.
  • Stock. These are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. Unfortunately, they often don’t fit very well. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.
  • Boil and bite. These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They are first softened in water (boiled), then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth.

The best mouthguard is one that has been custom made for your mouth by your dentist. However, if you can’t afford a custom-fitted mouthguard, you should still wear a stock mouthguard or a boil-and-bite mouthguard from the drugstore. If you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well.

A properly fitted mouthguard may be especially important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouthguard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries. Talk to your dentist or orthodontist about selecting a mouthguard that will provide the best protection. If you have a retainer or other removable appliance, do not wear it during any contact sports.

Schizophrenia

What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others. Research has linked schizophrenia to changes in brain chemistry and structure. Like diabetes, schizophrenia is a complex, long-term medical illness that affects everybody differently. The course of the illness is unique for each person.

How is schizophrenia diagnosed?

There is no single laboratory or brain imaging test for schizophrenia. Treatment professionals must rule out multiple factors such as brain tumors, possible medical conditions and other psychiatric diagnoses, such as bipolar disorder.

Individuals with schizophrenia have two or more of the following symptoms occurring persistently. However, delusions or hallucinations alone can often be enough to lead to a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

Positive symptoms are also known as “psychotic” symptoms because the person has lost touch with reality in certain ways.

• Delusions or the belief in things not real or true.

• Hallucinations are hearing or seeing things that are not real.

• Disorganized speech expressed as an inability to generate a logical sequence of ideas.

Negative symptoms refer to a reduction of a capacity, such as motivation.

• Emotional flatness or lack of expressiveness.

• Inability to start and follow through with activities.

• Lack of pleasure or interest in life.

Cognitive symptoms pertain to thinking processes.

• Trouble with prioritizing tasks, memory and organizing thoughts.

• Anosognosia or “lack of insight” being unaware of having an illness.

What causes schizophrenia?

Research strongly suggests that schizophrenia involves problems with brain chemistry and structure and is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, as are many other medical illnesses.

One percent of the world’s population or one in every 100 people will develop the disorder in their lifetime. The most common onset is in the teens and 20s. It is uncommon for schizophrenia to be diagnosed before 12 years of age or after the age of 40.

What treatments are available?

The treatment of schizophrenia requires an all-encompassing approach that includes medication, therapy and psychosocial rehabilitation. Medication is an important aspect of symptom management. Antipsychotic medication often helps to relieve the hallucinations, delusions and, to a lesser extent, the thinking problems people can experience.

Therapy has been shown to be an effective part of a treatment plan. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which engages the person living with schizophrenia in developing proactive coping strategies for persistent symptoms, is particularly effective. Cognitive enhancement therapy works with improving cognition.

Psychosocial rehabilitation helps with the achievement of life goals often involving relationships, work and living. Most often delivered through community mental health services, it employs strategies that help people successfully live in independent housing, pursue education, find jobs and improve social interaction.

Will people with schizophrenia get better?

Long-term research demonstrates that, over time, individuals living with schizophrenia often do better in terms of coping with their symptoms, maximizing their functioning while minimizing their relapses. Recovery is possible for most people, though it is important to remember that some people have more trouble managing their symptoms.

Families who are educated about schizophrenia can offer strong support to their loved one and help reduce the likelihood of relapse. Caring for a loved one with schizophrenia can be challenging and families benefit from education and supportive programs. NAMI’s Family-to-Family education program is taught by families who have first-hand experience and provides education and support.

 

Information provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  For further information and resources go to www.nami-fdl.org/, or csifdl.org.