Thursday, January 25, 2018

January is National Mentor Month.

Thank a Mentor
A mentor is defined as "a trusted counselor or guide."
I have been blessed with three mentors. Each helped shape my future and taught me lessons I will carry all my life.

In 1986, I completed my doctorate degree. I was presenting the research at the ADA Convention. Dr. Hoskins (NM), Dr. Sirota (NY) and my mother (FL) all flew into Las Vegas to be there with me. It was a moment in time I will never forget. The three women who I admire, finally met each other and shared this special occasion with me.

Marilyn Resnick-Ross, my mother. My mother is a fashion designer of knits for over 65 years. Though I did not pursue fashion design, she taught me about creativity, love, strength and family. The video was made around 1982. I flew into NY from an ADA Conference in DC to share this special show covering 50 years of fashion by Marilyn (mom) and Selma (grandma). Models included my Mom, Grandmother, my niece (the little girl, now finishing law school), me and friends. Four generations of Resnick Woman.

Dr. Mercedes Hoskins (1921 - 2009) was a Registered Dietitian and a Professor in Dietetics and Nutrition. She was also my mentor and friend. Sadly Dr. Hoskins passed away in April 2009.

I met Dr Hoskins in 1974, while studying agronomy at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Dr. Hoskins was looking for volunteers to participate in a weight control study. I weighed in at 226 pounds. Eighteen months later, I would lose 106 pounds and change my major to Dietetics and Nutrition.

Dr. Hoskins introduced me to the profession of dietetics and encouraged me to go after my dreams. We continued to stay in contact and would meet at ADA conventions every few years. I am honored to have known a truly amazing person who not only touched my life, but those of many students and her community. Dr. Mercedes Hoskins will be missed, however her legacy will live on.

Dr. Lorraine Sirota is a professor in Dietetics and Nutrition at Brooklyn College and a Registered Dietitian. She is also my mentor and a dear friend. We met in 1977, when I transferred from NMSU to Brooklyn College.

Dr. Sirota challenged me to use my abilities and creativity to make a difference in the field of dietetics and nutrition. She motivated me to do my best and explore the many areas of dietetics. Dr. Sirota has followed my career and encouraged me to continue my education.
We have remained friends and colleagues for over 30 years. Every professional milestone, personal triumph and challenges, she has been there to support me. I am so humbled and grateful Dr. Sirota continues to be a part of my life. Thank you so much. You are truly a remarkable person.

"Who mentored you?" is a project by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. The project encourages people to thank their mentor and Pass it On...Mentor a Child!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

May 3, National Specially-Abled Pets Day

National Specially-abled Pets Day celebrates these amazing and heroic animals, helps to educate the public about caring for disabled pets and find homes for orphaned, specially-abled pets.  Pets that become challenged due to disease, birth flaws or injuries, tend to develop greater senses than your average pet. Most of the time it's as if they never had to readjust to life and we need to keep up with them!"

Celebrated nationally and internationally on May 3rd, National Specially-abled Pets Day encourages adoption always and for people who would like to bring a new furry family member home, to consider a specially-abled pet.

Blind Golden Retriever gets Guide Dog

Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog
A true, inspirational story about a dachshund whose life started out just like any other dog walking on all four paws until a spinal injury leaves her paralyzed. Frankie is custom-fitted for a wheelchair and learns to keep on rolling. Her zest for life will have you cheering and she will give you hope that all things are possible. Frankie will leave an everlasting and loving paw print on your heart. A book for all ages to teach overcoming challenges and also compassion for the physically challenged.

Book Trailer

National Best Book by USA Book News for children's picture book soft cover

Merial Human-Animal Bond Award by Dog Writer's Association of America

Editors Choice Award by Allbooks Review

Indie Excellence Finalist

Frankie inducted into 2009 Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame

To learn more about Frankie, the Walk'N Roll Dog, visit: Joyful Paws

Monday, November 4, 2013

November 5, 2013 - Election Day Sandwich

2 slices thin Sourdough Bread
2 Tbsp Cream Cheese, low fat
7 yogurt-covered Raisins
1/2 cup Blueberries
4 Raspberries
2 Strawberries

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Sandra Frank, Ed.D, RDN, LN

Monday, October 28, 2013

October, National Disability Employment
Awareness Month

There are 57 million Americans living with disabilities and National Disability Employment Awareness Month is dedicated to teaching people to look beyond their disabilities and see all of their abilities.

Campaign for Disability Employment"I Can"

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Resource: Office of Disability Employment Policy

Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 24, 2013 Food Day, From Our Garden

Welcome to our food day celebration!

1. Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods.
2. Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness.
3. Expand access to food and alleviate hunger.
4. Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms.
5. Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids.
6. Support fair conditions for food and farm workers.

Every family is unique. When planning our meal we considered foods from our garden, finances, physical abilities, including finger foods and easy to chew and swallow; and color – the theme for our dinner.
Our family and friends come from diverse backgrounds with physical and emotional challenges or chronic illnesses, such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and Heart Disease.

Our Meal
The main course is a tri-color pasta with a variety of toppings to choose from.  Our garden provided us with tomatoes, onions, broccoli, cucumbers, and basil. We purchased spinach, pasta sauce, locally grown fruits, part-skim mozzarella and for the meat eaters we had ground turkey meatballs and shredded chicken.

In addition, we prepared a red, white and green grilled cheese sandwich from the US Dept of Health and Human Services cookbook
Keep the Beat Recipes, recipes. A free copy of the cookbook is available on their website. 

The dessert was a big hit. We made fruit kabobs using locally grown fruits  and paired with low fat ice cream and for Jake we prepared a smoothie using the same ingredients.

From Our Garden

Adaptations and Individual Preferences

The meal would feed six people, each with unique needs.

My son Jake was born with Cerebral Palsy and is a quadriplegia. He is unable to hold utensils and requires a straw to drink fluids. Finger foods and a weighted cup with a flexi straw usually provide him the most independence.

When purchasing pasta, I look for shapes about one-inch long and easy to hold, such as Rotini (a helix or corkscrew-shaped pasta).  As a backup plan, sandwiches are easy to make from most recipes and a perfect finger food.

Resources and References
Facebook Food Day
Twitter Food Day
Food Day Blog
Pinterest Food Day

Monday, October 21, 2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Health Benefits of Pink Foods

Health Benefits of Pink Foods

Pink Grapefruits contain lycopene. Lycopene is a naturally occurring chemical that gives fruits and vegetables a red color. It is one of a number of pigments called carotenoids. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that may help protect cells from damage. Current research is exploring the role of lycopene in relationship to preventing heart disease and cancer of the prostate, breast, lung, bladder, ovaries, colon, uterine, and pancreas.

Pink Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, pink salmon is rich in calcium, protein, magnesium and potassium; and contains iron, niacin, selenium, and vitamins A, B-12, C and E. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce inflammation and help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function.
Beets are a good source of fiber, potassium and folate. Researchers believe the red pigment (called betacyanin) in beets may protect against the development of cancerous cells and might play a role in reducing the inflammation associated with heart disease.
Raspberries contain high levels of ellagic acid, a polyphenol and antioxidant being studied as a food in the fight against cancer. Raspberries are also rich in anthocyanins, a flavonoid compound that gives them their red color. Anthocyanins may help protect the circulatory, cardiovascular and neurological systems. Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber; and is a low-glycemic index food.

Red Onions are a natural sources of quercetin. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin is being studied for treating conditions of high cholesterol, heart disease, circulation problems, diabetes, cataracts, peptic ulcers, inflammation, asthma, gout, chronic fatigue syndrome, preventing cancer, and for treating chronic infections of the prostate. Quercetin research is evaluating the effectiveness of increased endurance and improved athletic performance. Red onions also provide allicin, an organic sulfur compound responsible for the taste and smell of onions. Allicin may protect against inflammation, allergies, and bacteria; and may reduce the risk factors of certain types of cancers.

Guavas are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, folic acid, potassium, and manganese. A guava contains about 4 times the amount of vitamin C as an orange. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which helps, protects cells from free radical damage. Currently there is insufficient evidence to rate the effectiveness of guava in the treatment of colic, diarrhea, diabetes, cough, cataracts, high cholesterol, heart disease, cancer, and other conditions. More research is needed to evaluate the usefulness of guava for these conditions.
Yogurt, Raspberry, Low Fat or Fat-Free Yogurt has been associated with a wide range of health benefits, due to its bacterial cultures and the many nutrients it contains. Yogurt is an excellent source of protein, calcium and potassium. Some research shows that yogurt with probiotic cultures may help improve the immune system; reduce yeast infections in women; help with digestion; and reduce colon and other cancer risks. Calcium has beneficial effects on bone mass and may help prevent osteoporosis. Many people who are lactose intolerant can enjoy yogurt. One serving of yogurt is one eight-ounce cup or serving.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
NBCAM Organizations Working Together
American Cancer Society (ACS)
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American College of Radiology (ACR)
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation,
Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC)
National Medical Association (NMA),
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
Prevent Cancer Foundation
Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
National Cancer Institute (NCI),