March is National Nutrition Month

Adding more vegetables to your day is important because they provide the vitamins and minerals we need with lower calories. More Vegetables to your day with these 10 Tips by the USDA #healthyeating #agingwell #healthytips


Tagged ,

Leave a comment

Happy Birthday from the White House for Older Adults 80 and over

Happy Birthday from the White House.

Did you know that you can request a birthday card signed by the president for people who are 80 or older.

 Send your request to:
White House
Attn: Greeting Office
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20502-0039

Special greetings are sent for individuals 100 years or older.

Check out How to Request a Birthday Greeting from President Obama for all of the details.

Tagged , ,

Leave a comment

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year, 2015!
We wish you good health, happiness, and prosperity in 2015!

Happy New Year 2015

For information on how New Year is celebrated around the world check out this website:

Tagged ,

Leave a comment

A First Time for Everything Trivia – Happy New Year 2015

A First Time for Everything Trivia
Celebrate the first day of the first month of the year with some ”first” trivia.

People Firsts
1. Charlotte Cooper was the first woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal (in 1900, for tennis).
2. Steve Fossett was the first balloonist to fly solo around the world when he landed in Australia on July 3, 2002.
3. Annie Taylor was the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and live to tell about it (1901). She was 63 years old at the time.
4. Theodore Roosevelt was the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1906). It was for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.
5. Marie Sklodowska Curie was the first person ever to win two Nobel Prizes. Her first was in physics (1903) and the second was in chemistry (1911).
6. Ray Harroun was the first winner of the Indianapolis 500 car race (1911). His average speed was 74.59 mph. He finished in 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 8 seconds.
7. Alice Hyde was the first winner of the Miss World Beauty Pageant (1911). She was 17.
8. Margaret Gorman was the first Miss America (1921). She was 16 years old and had the
measurements 30-25-32.
9. Al Jolson had the lead role in the first talking motion picture, The Jazz Singer (1927).
10. Charles Lindbergh was the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic (1927).
11. Ellen Church was the first airline hostess (1930). She served passengers flying between San Francisco, California and Cheyenne, Wyoming on United Airlines.
12. Marie, Cecile, Yvonne, Emilie, and Annette Dionne were the first quintuplets to survive infancy. They were born near Callender, Ontario, to Oliva and Elzire Dionne (1934).
13. Lettie Pate Whitehead was the first American woman to serve as a director of a major
corporation, The Coca-Cola Company (1934).
14. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to speak on television. (He spoke at the opening session of the New York World’s Fair on April 30, 1939.)
15. Chuck Yeager was the first person to break the sound barrier by flying faster than the speed of sound (1947).
16. Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Lucille Ball appeared on the cover of the first TV Guide (1953).
17. Elizabeth II was the first monarch to have a televised coronation (1953).
18. Sir Edmund Hillary was the first person to climb Mt. Everest (1953).
19. Edward Smith was the first indicted bank robber in the U.S. (1831). He was sentenced to five years hard labor on the rock pile at Sing Sing Prison.
20. Julia Child was the first woman designated a full-fledged “chef” (1958).
21. Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the first woman to be elected as head of state (1960). She became the president of Sri Lanka. Following her were Indira Gandhi of India in 1966 and Golda Meir of Israel in 1969.
22. Joan Crawford was the first guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (1962).
23. Lyndon Baines Johnson was the first U.S. president to wear contact lenses (1963).
24. Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon (1969).
25. Count de Grisley was the first magician to perform the trick of sawing a woman in half (1799).

More Firsts…did you know?
1. Glenn Miller received the first gold record ever awarded to a recording artist (1942). It was for selling more than 1 million copies of the hit “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.”
2. The first use of canned laughter (or laugh track) was in 1950 on NBC’s The Hank McCune Show.
3. Chevrolet was the first automaker to advertise on network television (1946).
4. The first TV couple to share a bed was not on The Brady Bunch or The Munsters, but was on The Mary Kay and Johnny Show in 1947. It was the first TV situation comedy.
5. The first toilet tank ever seen on television was on Leave It to Beaver. Wally and the Beav hid a baby alligator named Captain Jack in the Cleaver family throne.
6. The first successful American TV soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, debuted in 1951.
7. In 1962, ABC began color broadcasting for the first time. CBS was in black and white until 1967.
8. The first electric-powered washing machine (the Thor) was introduced in 1908 by the Hurley Machine Company of Chicago, Illinois.
9. John D. Rockefeller became the world’s first billionaire in 1916. – A First Time for Everything Trivia – Page 210. Richard Cadbury introduced the first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates in the late 1800s.
11. Milton S. Hershey of Lancaster, PA, introduced the first Hershey milk chocolate bar in 1900.
12. Hershey’s Kisses chocolates appeared in the familiar foil wraps for the first time in 1907.
13. Fannie May Candies opened its first candy shop in Chicago in 1920.
14. Dolly, a Finn Dorset sheep, was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell (1996). She was named for country singer Dolly Parton.
15. In 1919, Sir Barton became the first horse to win all three of the Triple Crown races – Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. The phrase “triple crown” was first used for this feat by Charles Hatton in 1930.
16. Phi Delta Theta was the first fraternity to adopt a pledge pin (1894).
17. Laika, a dog, was the first living creature to orbit the earth (1957). Laika was aboard the Soviet satellite Sputnik 2.
18. The first professional basketball game was played in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1896.
19. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929.
20. The first telephone numbers were a combination of letters and numbers.
For more, see

Tagged ,

Leave a comment

The January Diet Resolution – LOL

scale cartoonThe January Diet Resolution
T’was the month after Christmas and all through the house,
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I’d nibbled, the eggnog I’d taste,
At the holiday parties had gone to my waist.
When I got on the scales, there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber),
I’d remember the marvelous meals I’d prepared,
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared.
The wine and the rum balls; the bread and the cheese,
And the way I’d never said, “No thank you, please.”
As I dressed myself in my husband’s old shirt,
And prepared once again to battle with dirt,
I said to myself, as only I can,
“You can’t spend a winter disguised as a man!”
So, away with the last of the sour cream dip.
Get rid of the fruitcake, every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished,
‘Til all the additional ounces have vanished.
I won’t have a cookie – not even a lick.
I’ll only just chew on a long celery stick.
I won’t have hot biscuits, or cornbread, or pie,
I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.
I’m hungry, I’m grouchy, can’t fit through the door,
But isn’t that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!
~ Author Unknown

Tagged ,

Leave a comment

Wishing You A Happy Holiday Season!

May you have a joyous time of celebration during this holiday season with your friends and family. 

Happy Holidays!


Leave a comment

Healthy Halloween Popcorn Balls

Consider making some healthy Halloween snacks for this holiday weekend!










Popcorn Balls by DaVita dietitian Mary from Kansas.
1/2 cup butter
40 large marshmallows
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
16 cups unsalted popped popcorn
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Place butter and marshmallows in a saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and optional food coloring. Place popped popcorn in a large bowl. Pour in marshmallow mixture and stir. To make popcorn balls, grease hands with butter and form popcorn balls about the size of a baseball. Place on wax paper to cool. Serve or store wrapped in plastic wrap.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices:
1 starch
2 fat
1 high calorie
Carbohydrate choices:  2

#happyhalloween #healthysnacks

Leave a comment

Fun Ways to Celebrate the Fall and Avoid Autumn Blues

fallFun Ways to Celebrate the Fall and Avoid Autumn Blues
• Eat oatmeal! Fiber is great for anxiety and it a healthy, hot meal to start your day!
• Spend at least ten to fifteen minutes outdoors during the daylight hours. Being out in the sunshine helps boost your mood and also help  you get the important Vitamin D you need.
• Practice smiling, research shows it really helps us to feel more cheerful! Smile at yourself, smile at people as you walk into a room, smile while talking on the phone. Smile it does a body good!
• Surround yourself with pictures of sunny, colorful scenes and pictures that inspire you.
• Light candles to make dark nights seem brighter, try warm, cozy scents that remind you of happy and relaxing times.
• Get out the slippers and fuzzy socks. Keep your feet cozy and warm and your whole body feels warmer.
#WeLoveTheFall #HealthyTips #EnjoyYourself

Leave a comment

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breast cancer awareness ribbonOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. A lot of progress has been made but help is still needed. You can join a fundraiser, sign up for the newsletter, create an early detection plan for yourself and your loved ones, share resources, or make a donation to someone in need or research.

Breast Cancer Prevention Tips:

• Physical Exercises boosts immune system
• A Healthy low-fat diet with plenty of fruit and green and orange vegetables
• Try to quit smoking and avoid second hand smoke
• Moderation with alcohol consumption to no more than one drink per day
• Discuss hormone replacement therapy and family planning options with your doctor to see if you are at risk.
• Do routine self exams, do yearly check-ups with your doctor
• Identify stressors

#HealthyTips #BreastCancerAwareness #ThinkPink



Leave a comment

Cold and Flu Season Reminders #BePrepared


The best ways to prevent the spread of germs is to wash hands frequently, properly disinfect surfaces with an anti-bacterial cleaning spray, and wear a mask and gloves when you or someone you are caring for might have a cold or the flu.

The common cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract: the nose, nasal passages, and throat. There are more than 200 viruses that can cause colds. Cold symptoms usually show up two days after a person becomes infected and usually include sore throat, sneezing, and runny nose. Headache, cough, chills, and general ill-feeling may last from two to seven days. People are usually most contagious right when symptoms start. Colds can be contracted through inhalation of contaminated droplets produced when someone else coughs or sneezes, or by handling something contaminated with a cold virus (such as a door knob) and then touching the inside of the nose or rubbing the eyes.

Influenza, commonly called “the flu”, is a contagious disease caused by viruses that infect the respiratory tract, including nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people including the elderly. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. Flu viruses are spread from person to person through droplets produced while coughing or
sneezing. The viral particles in these droplets enter the mouth or nose of another person directly or by indirect contact with a contaminated object or surface. Viruses can survive on surfaces for up to eight hours.

Let’s Remember These Important Tips to Protect Against Getting or Spreading A Cold or the Flu:
• Wash hands properly and frequently.
• Cover mouth when coughing or sneezing.
• Be mindful when blowing nose. Wipe noses using disposable tissues such that secretions are contained by the tissue without contaminating the hands.
• Keep hands away from eyes and mouth. Avoid rubbing the eyes with dirty hands, biting nails, or putting fingers in the mouth.
• Ask your doctor about the flu vaccine. The flu can be prevented by an annual vaccination. It is especially recommended for people over the age of 65 years; people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and kidney disease; and those who come in contact with these groups.

#Preparation #BeReady #HealthyTips

Tagged ,

Leave a comment

Apex Care, In-Home Care, Sacramento, CA