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Featured Recipe: Apple-Raisin Muffins

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Try these healthy, delicious muffins! Read more

Enjoying the holidays when you have an ostomy

If this is your first holiday season with an ostomy, there are some things you may want to consider when traveling to visit family and navigating your way through the seemingly endless stream of holiday treats. Here are some tips to keep your holidays happy. Read more

Featured Recipe: Quick Sesame Green Beans

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Try this alternative to the traditional creamed green bean casserole. Read more

Nutrition Corner: Making the best Thanksgiving Dinner choices

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It’s a day where food is the center of the celebration. The average person eats more than 2,000 calories at the Thanksgiving table. Many traditional Thanksgiving Day staples are filled with carbohydrates, fat and sugar.  But with advance planning and some guidelines, you can stick to your diabetes meal plan while enjoying the day with friends and family. Read more

Fitness Corner: The benefits of stretching

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You’ve seen athletes stretch before a game or a run. But it’s not just for athletes. Of particular benefit to people with diabetes, stretching has been proven to increase circulation. It increases blood flow and the supply of nutrients to muscles and cartilage. You can get a great stretch workout by doing pilates or yoga – but stretching is something you can do anytime and anywhere. Read more

Questions you should ask your doctor

When you are diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor is your best source for information.  He or she will give you guidelines for monitoring your blood sugar, along with diet changes and exercise recommendations. As you begin to change your lifestyle to manage your condition, you will likely have questions. There are also questions you should ask that you may not have considered. Here is a list of important questions to ask your doctor: Read more

What Does WOCN Stand For?

You may have heard your nurse referred to as a WOCN, a term that means Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse. This designation is reserved for nurses who have been certified by a special board that oversees those who specialize in treating patients with wounds, ostomy and continence issues. To become a certified WOCN, a nurse must be a registered nurse (RN) with a bachelor’s degree (BA, BS or BSN), and they must pass an intensive exam to prove their knowledge in caring for patients with wound, ostomy and continence health issues. Certification shows that a nurse has a personal commitment to education and professional growth, ensuring quality patient care. WOC is one of the few specialties recognized by the ANA (American Nurses Association). Read more

Featured Recipe: Halloween Fruit Apple Teeth

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Recipe for a Healthy Halloween Treat Read more

Fitness Corner: Keeping motivated to exercise

You make a resolution to get in shape, and out of the gate you get to it with gusto. But after a few weeks, or days, you start slipping off your routine. It took some work to get motivated – it can be even more difficult to stay motivated. But don’t let your progress go to waste. Try these tips to stay on track. Read more

Trick or Treat Alternatives for Children

Teaching children how to manage their diabetes through healthy eating takes time. Even if you’ve done a good job keeping them on track all year, Halloween can present a challenge. Halloween parties and trick or treating bring on temptation and can derail a meal plan. But with some planning and creativity, you can make Halloween fun for your little one. Your first step is to talk to your child. Have him or her help you make plans for a healthy holiday.

To manage trick or treat night, make sure they know not to snack from the treat bag while out. Take a healthy snack with you to prevent temptation, and to battle low blood glucose that can occur from walking. Read more