NUTRITION LABELS ON MEAT & POULTRY
You may notice something about your meat or poultry the next time you buy groceries. A recent rule approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires nutrition labeling on major cuts of raw meat and poultry products. The labels list total calories, as well as fat information. You can also find information about protein, sodium, cholesterol and vitamins.
— Overlake Hospital Medical Center
JUNE IS MEN'S HEALTH MONTH
Beginning in their 20s, women should be aware of how their breasts normally look and feel and The purpose of Men's Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Alarming statistics show men's health is at great risk. Research shows:
• Men do not see physicians for a physical exam nearly as often as women.
• Men are dying of top causes of death at higher rates than women.
• Men are more likely to be uninsured than women.
• About 30,000 men in the United States die each year from prostate cancer.
—Overlake Hospital Medical Center
RSUMMER AND SKIN CANCER
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in our country, but it's one of the most preventable. The American Cancer Society recommends these sun-safe behaviors for all people, every day:
• Limit the amount of time you spend in the direct sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
• Wear protective clothing when out in the sun.
• Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher on all skin that isn't covered.
• Protect skin even on cool or cloudy days.
Summer will be here soon, and the kids will be home demanding lots of yummy snacks and meals. There are plenty of great ways to keep your kids happy while introducing healthy eating habits. Plan fun outings to the farm and buy fresh produce there. Or, start a family garden that the kids can be involved with all summer. Having your own garden will also get the kids interested in learning how to prepare and cook veggies. You can also get in the habit of snacking on whole foods such as fruits and raw veggies. Lastly, make the switch to whole grains if you haven't already, and make sure you're a good food role model.
You may be missing out on a great opportunity. It's there—in your freezer. At the end of a busy day, it can be hard to muster the energy and patience to make a hearty, healthy meal. Take one or two nights a week to prepare meals for the rest of the week. Let them cool before placing them in the freezer. For meats, poultry and fish, wrap them tightly in wax paper and then in foil, preventing the food from freezer burn. For prepared foods, like lasagna, freeze it in the container you plan to cook with, saving you a step later.
—Paul Marks, Executive Chef