Friday, October 30, 2020

Did you know there are ten signs and symptoms that help identify the early stages of Alzheimer's? Let's identify what those signs are so that you may have a better chance of combating Alzheimer's in its early stages.

 

1.Memory loss that disrupts daily life

The most common sign, especially in its early stages, is forgetting recently learned information. 

Examples include important dates or events that lead to repeatedly asking the same questions. Often, people with early stages of Alzheimer's can recall events later.

 

2.Challenges in planning or solving problems

Changes occur in a person's...

Friday, September 11, 2020

Officially National Grandparents Day 2020 will be on Sunday, September 13, 2020, but we celebrate our grandparents every day here at Meals on Wheels San Antonio.

The first National Grandparents Day was celebrated in 1979 and is held the first Sunday after Labor Day each year in September. The idea was introduced by Marian McQuade in 1956 when she encouraged the youth to adopt a grandparent and learn more about their lives, past challenges, and goals for the future. This is a great idea as we find by daily proof that our clients have a wealth of knowledge and experience we can all learn from.

This year, we encourage you to...

Thursday, January 30, 2020

by Marycela Barron, RDN, LD

The current news cycle is filled with stories on the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in late 2019 linked to an open-air seafood and animal market. The coronavirus has not been identified and currently there are four people in the US confirmed to be infected.

The influenza virus, or the flu, comes in four types: A, B, C, and D.

Humans are susceptible, or can get sick, from types A, B, and C. Type D affects cattle. Type C will cause the mildest of illnesses of the three types. Types A and B can both cause serious illness, but type A mutates more rapidly than B and...

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

By Marycela Barron, RD, LD

The holidays are here and with the season comes many festive activities, and, of course, lots of food. While some of the choices may be high in empty calories, such as high in sugar, saturated fat and low in protein and fiber, there are ways to navigate the season in a healthy manner.

Here are a few tips to get you and your family started!

The holidays are not occurring all season long. For example, you may celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year in the months of November through January. Keep in mind, those are only three days! Be mindful of this as you celebrate the season, where...
Monday, November 4, 2019

By Marycela Barron, RD, LD

The month of October has been an exciting month here at Meals on Wheels San Antonio (MOWSA). In addition of having the privilege of serving our clients delicious and nutritious meals, MOWSA is now providing nutrition screening and assessments by a registered dietitian (RD). This new service helps us help our clients who are at malnutrition risk.

Nutrition screens and assessments are part of the Nutrition Care Process (NCP). The purpose of the NCP was to standardize care and to enable practioners to provide high-quality care that is individualize with measurable outcomes. There are four steps to the...

Friday, September 20, 2019
Meals on Wheels is Joining the Fight Against Malnutrition.

By Marycela Barron, RD, LD

September 23-27 is Malnutrition Awareness Week. This is not only for the acute (hospital) center as there are implications for community health. This month’s blog objective is to increase your knowledge of what malnutrition is and empower you to take action in the fight against malnutrition.

Malnutrition is the inadequate intake of calories, protein, or other nutrients needed for tissue maintenance and repair per the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

Malnutrition can...

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Fiesta Food Tasting Event

By: Analisse Rodriguez, UTSA Dietetic Student

In honor of the month of Fiesta, a Fiesta Food Tasting Event was presented to the Grace Place clients. Vince, the production manager at Meals on Wheels ordered and supplied the ingredients that were used for today’s event. All food was prepared at Meals on Wheels prior to the presentation. With the help of Oscar and Josh, kitchen staff members from Meals on Wheels, delicious fiesta inspired food items were prepared. Special thanks to them because without them and Vince, none of this would have been possible! 

The distribution of food was...

Thursday, February 28, 2019

By: Analisse Rodriguez, UTSA Dietetics Student

 

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! Did you know that your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 1,000? Or that the color of St. Patrick's Day was originally blue? There are so many interesting facts about St. Patrick’s, but I think it’s safe to say everyone associates this Holiday with “Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirts, and the color green! Listed below are some great treat and snack ideas from food blogs. Enjoy these yummy recipes this St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Mint Shamrock Smoothie

Ingredients

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

By: Analisse Rodriguez, UTSA Dietetics Student

In our world today, there are many external factors that keep us from committing to a healthy lifestyle. Life can get stressful at times, so committing to a healthful lifestyle sometimes feels impossible. A great first step in beginning your healthy lifestyle is understanding and choosing antioxidant rich foods. Antioxidants are compounds in our body that prevent or repair cells that have been damaged from free radicals. The production of free radicals can be caused by everyday body functions and lifestyle habits such as smoking. Specifically, free radicals weaken our healthy cells...

Friday, November 2, 2018

What you likely know is that Meals on Wheels is a non-profit that deliveries hot meals to individuals in the community. Most individuals do not realize how much work goes on behind the scenes before delivery of these meals. The San Antonio location is the only Meals on Wheels location that makes their own meals in house for the individuals of the community. 

Behind the scenes are many caring, loving, and selfless individuals that help keep our community fed. Mary Tijerina is one of these individuals that helps keep the wheels turning here. Currently Meals on Wheels delivers 3,400 meals and this number is steadily increasing. Every...

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