Author: Shady Grove Medical Center

Cancer Center Cooks: Heart-Healthy Recipes

During our recent cooking class, we made recipes that are heart-healthy and contain ingredients to help fight cancer in honor of National Heart Month and Cancer Prevention Month. While no single food or food component can protect you against cancer by itself, strong evidence does show that a diet filled with a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans helps lower risk for many cancers. With that in mind, our recipes this month contained nutritious ingredients like quinoa, bell peppers, avocados, zucchini and bananas. The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends filling at least...

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Cardiac Rehab: Going Beyond the Beat

Returning to the gym after a cardiovascular event, like a heart attack, can be intimidating or scary. A cardiac rehabilitation center, where patients exercise in a controlled environment alongside medically trained staff, can alleviate some of this fear. Katy Smith, lead exercise physiologist for the Center for Fitness and Health at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, knows first-hand the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation and how exercise can restore heart health. But, she says, it’s much more important to be proactive and take steps—literally — to prevent a cardiac event in the first place. Smith suggests at least 45...

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Don’t Let the Frost Bite

We all have great memories of playing outside on snow days: going sled riding, building snowman and warming up with soup or hot chocolate. As parents, however, snow days can take on a whole new meaning: debating whether it’s too cold to play outside, making sure kids have the right snow gear and keeping a close eye on everyone to make sure they don’t get too cold. “Kids love to head outside on snow days, but it is important for parents to take a few simple steps to make sure children are playing safely,” said Mridula Naik, clinical nurse...

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Cancer Center Cooks: Cooking for the Super Bowl

The theme of our recent cooking class was “Cooking for the Super Bowl,” and we whipped up some delicious drink and snack options to enjoy as you watch the big game. Whichever team you’re rooting for this year, you can’t lose with these recipes! The mango-date energy bites are a great snack when a craving for sweetness occurs. One energy bite hits the spot! And, dates have many nutrients while offering a sweet taste at the same time. Dates are high in vitamin A/beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, iron, potassium and calcium. Cashews, found in our mango-energy bites and hot...

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Cancer Center Cooks: Cornbread-Topped Chili Casserole

Are you ready for some football? During our recent cooking class, we made healthy recipes that you can create for your Super Bowl party or tailgate. Whichever team you’re rooting for this year, you can’t lose with these recipes! First up was a cornbread-topped chili casserole, sometimes called tamale pie, which is delicious and full of nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin A and iron. For the best texture, use yellow cornmeal with a medium grind and serve with lime wedges for a little extra tang. Cornbread-Topped Chili Casserole Ingredients: 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided 2 cups chopped onion 3...

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