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How to make healthy substitutions

March 20, 2014

This week for National Nutrition Month, we featured how to make healthy substitutions to your cooking techniques. Easy swaps can help reduce calories, fat, sugar and sodium from your diet without noticing a change in flavor.

New nutrition labels, same healthy eating advice

March 14, 2014

We all know that as a nation, we are getting bigger and heavier. Worse still, our future - our children- are becoming obese and unhealthy at increasingly younger ages. For decades, the scourge of obesity was blamed on a high calorie, high fat diet. Turns out, we have probably been doing it wrong all these years and our bulging waistline attests to this colossal failure. Research and the medical community now have increasing evidence that the real villain of the story is a very sweet little molecule called fructose. Fructose is what gives us the sweetness in table sugar (sucrose)…also in brown sugar, honey, agave, and of course, high fructose corn syrup. Call it by any name, but sugars are dangerous to our health. Fructose is addictive, much in the same way as alcohol and illicit drugs are. In fact, sugar (fructose) metabolism closely replicates alcohol metabolism except for the acute effects on brain. Sugar has been likened to alcohol without the buzz!

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Nutrition spotlight on quinoa

March 13, 2014
This week the Registered Dietitians and Diet Technicians offered up a unique spin on quinoa for National Nutrition Month. Many of you reported you have had it as a side dish at dinner or in a salad for lunch. However on Wednesday, we served quinoa for breakfast! Spiced up with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and cardamom, the sky is the limit for extra add-ins to further boost the nutrition of your morning meal.

Additional Flavor Ideas to Mix and Match:
  • Chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, etc)
  • Diced apple or pear
  • Banana slices
  • Mixed berries
  • Dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, prunes)
  • Almond or peanut butter
  • A tablespoon of flax seed or chia for healthy essential fatty acids
  • Honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar for sweetness
  • Scrambled egg for protein
Technically considered a seed (not a grain), quinoa is gluten-free and a complete source of prote...

Adding kale to your repertoire

March 06, 2014

Thank you to everyone who stopped by for the first week of National Nutrition Month yesterday! It was a big success and you made it possible! The overall feedback we received was very positive for the Kale salad we shared, even those who thought they didn’t enjoy kale! This proves a great example of exploring new, nutritious foods to add to your current diet that you might not have tried (or liked) before.

Enjoy the taste of eating right - National Nutrition Month 2014

March 04, 2014

In honor of National Nutrition Month®, the Registered Dietitians and Diet Technicians of Swedish Medical Center will be promoting healthy eating and proper nutrition each Wednesday in March during lunch hours (11am-2pm) at the First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, and Issaquah Campuses.

This year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. Research by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that taste is the main reason Americans will select one food over another. This creates a complicated dilemma, as the foods you love will likely become the ones you eat the most. The challenge is to create easy to prepare, delicious, and nutritious meals and snacks that are low in fat, sodium, and added sugar.

The nutrition experts will be providi...

Swedish Honored at Leaders in Health Care 2014 Event

February 26, 2014

Seattle Business magazine recognizes Swedish for Outstanding Community Outreach

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Contacts: Clay Holtzman, Swedish, 206-386-2748, clay.holtzman@swedish.org

Swedish Honored at Leaders in Health Care 2014 Event

Seattle Business magazine recognizes Swedish for Outstanding Community Outreach

SEATTLE — Feb. 25, 2014 — Swedish Health Services’ Community Benefits Program received the Outstanding Community Outreach award at Seattle Business magazine’s fifth annual Leaders in Health Care awards celebration. The largest and most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Pacific Northwest, Swedish is known for creating high-impact community outreach programs such as the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic and Global to Local (G2L).

FDA finally defines gluten free

February 26, 2014
On August 5th, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at long last published a formal rule regulating the use of the term "gluten free" on foods and beverages.  Even though this came with a big sigh of relief to the millions of people with celiac disease living in the US, consumers should be aware that the law gives manufacturers one year to be in full compliance (and goes into effect August 5, 2014).

As we head into the final months before the law’s final compliance date, I thought I’d highlight a few other key points about this brand new law:

1. No symbols needed.  The law does not require or recommend manufacturers use any particular symbol or food label, but if a label should include any of the following phrases, compliance must be ensured:
  • "Gluten-free"
  • "Free of gluten"

When stress takes a toll on your heart

February 20, 2014

When you face danger, your body’s built-in alarm system triggers the production of adrenalin and cortisol. Adrenalin makes your heart beat faster and cortisol produces sugar to help you physically and mentally react. Your body returns to normal when the danger is over.

Unlike cavemen, barbarians and knights, we don’t face extreme danger very often. Unfortunately, every-day stress also triggers your alarm system.

Work. Commute. Kids. Relatives. Friends. Death of a loved one. Money. Everything in life can cause stress.

Stress takes a toll on your body — including your heart. Because stress can linger, your body continues to produce extra adrenalin and cortisol.

When your body’s alarm system doesn’t turn off, you may eat more, exercise less, lose sleep, argue more, forget things, get depressed, or smoke or drink more than usual. These things put an added burden on your heart and increase your risk of heart disease. Recent studies have shown that laughter and positive thinking promote heart health, while anger and job stress can increase the risk of heart attacks.

Here are some tips to protect your heart from stress:

Pacific Medical Centers and Providence Health & Services Propose Affiliation

February 03, 2014

For more information:

PacMed: Maggie Brown, (206) 390-2322 mbrown@apcoworldwide.com

Providence: Colleen Wadden, Director, External Communication (206) 979-1620 or colleen.wadden@providence.org

SEATTLE – Today Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed) announced its intention to enter a secular affiliation with Providence Health & Services. This affiliation brings together PacMed’s successful model of delivering high quality coordinated care at an affordable cost and Providence’s history of delivering compassionate, quality care across the Northwest. The goal of the affiliation is to reduce the cost of health care for patients, employers and government insurers, while improving health outcomes for patients.

“PacMed wants to change the way health care is organized, delivered and paid for in order to help our communities live healthier lives,” said Harvey Smith, president & CEO of PacMed, which operates nine, multi-specialty clinic locations in the greater Puget Sound area. “We have a long history of working closely with our patients to manage their health care responsibly, while yielding high patient satisfaction, excellent health outcomes and lower costs. On its own, PacMed cannot drive broad changes in the way that health care is delivered. We need to collaborate with an organization that has sufficient resources and a similar community-minded mission and vision to succeed. Not just any partner, but the right partner.”

Swedish Surgeon Eric Vallieres Featured in Super Bowl Commercial Highlighting Microsoft's History of Innovation

February 03, 2014

Kinect-based technology from GestSure allows surgeons to manipulate medical imaging

Contacts: Clay Holtzman, Swedish, 206-386-2748, clay.holtzman@swedish.org

SEATTLE – Swedish thoracic surgeon Eric Vallieres, M.D., was featured Sunday in a Super Bowl commercial highlighting Microsoft Corp.’s history of innovation. The commercial, filmed in part at Swedish/First Hill in Seattle, shows Dr. Vallieres demonstrating the GestSure system, which allows surgeons to manipulate medical images during procedures using Microsoft’s Kinect platform.

“Just by using your hands in front of the Kinect, you can actually control your x-ray without scrubbing out. I can correlate what’s happening on the patient with what’s happening on the images, so there is better flow of surgery and that translates into better care for my patient,” Dr. Vallieres said in an online video that further details the GestSure system.

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