Folic acid, also known as folate, is a water soluble B-vitamin that your body needs to function properly. One of its main purposes from an adequate intake is to prevent birth defects, which can result with cranial, spinal, and other physical disabilities. Folic acid forms new blood cells in the body and is responsible for DNA synthesis. Folic acid awareness week is this week, January 3rd-9th, and here is your quick snippet on what you need to know about this vitamin.
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Are you struggling to feed your child who is a picky eater? It seems to be very common in children that I have baby-sat for or among the campers with intellectual disorders that I have prepared meals for. It is challenging to make food look appetizing to those who just aren’t having it. Spinach? “Ew, gross!” Broccoli? “Noooo way!” Broccoli with cheese? “Yuck, there’s broccoli in there!” Creative thinking and patience play large roles when it comes to selective eaters.
Its tricky sticking to your healthy eating plan over the holiday season, especially when the treats are so readily available on the counter. With so many temptations to gorge on cookie trays and reasons to skip exercise routines, how on earth will you ever stay motivated to stick to your plan this winter?
As the days start getting cooler outside, it can be tempting to stay inside and munch on snacks while sipping on rich, high calorie beverages. While it is important to ensure we’re making time for ourselves to relax, we may not notice that we’re adding quite a few extra calories to our daily intake, and not necessarily getting outside as much to burn them off. But, don’t despair. With a little creativity and effort, there’s always a way to make sure we get to treat ourselves, while maintaining a healthy body and mind especially when fighting a serious illness like cancer.
By now, everyone should be aware of the importance of healthy eating. Where your body is concerned, you get out what you put in. A healthy diet improves every area of your life – from physical health to appearance to mental health and mood. This applies across the board, but is particularly relevant for those of us who are less able. People with a disability or other chronic health problems could benefit enormously from the extra support provided by healthy nourishment. Unfortunately, our society does not make it easy for such people to maintain a healthy diet. Various constraints mean that those who need it most find themselves without a good, balanced diet, and suffer as a consequence. Were healthy eating made more accessible, and were more education regarding it provided within the disabled community, it is likely that the quality of life for many people would improve enormously.
September 30 marks the first global awareness day of Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. As most people know, breast cancer, leukemia and diabetes are well-recognized and researched diseases. Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, on the other hand, has failed to capture the attention of researchers, even though it has been around for quite some time. The goal of the day is to help bring awareness to the disease through social media, volunteering and reaching out to news media outlets.
This month we celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) 25th anniversary! The ADA was created in 1990 to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as people without disabilities. This includes the opportunity to live a healthy life!
Back in October of 2014, NCHPAD, along with President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition launched an initiative to make a commitment to inclusion. Since that time this initiative has grown even stronger.
As the month of March is winding down and National Nutrition Month is coming to a close, let us look at ways that we can “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” for months to come. The focus of the month was to consume less calories, make educated food decisions, and make exercise a regular part of your life. Did you make changes towards leading a healthier lifestyle in March?