Friday, March 10, 2017

March is National Nutrition Month

Learn More about the New Nutrition Fact Label

While combing the grocery store aisles for healthy selections, I notice more and more shoppers are deliberately reading labels before making their food purchases.

Remember when polyester clothing was popular? Polyester is a synthetic polymer made of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) or dimethyl ester dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) and monoethylene glycol (MEG). It is actually a form of plastic, and DuPont Corporation bought the rights to manufacture it in the U.S. in the 1950s. It spurred on generations of families who began to read clothing labels more conscientiously because they wanted more natural fabrics.

Nutrition Fact Label reading, as it turns out, has followed the same path. For individuals who like natural, whole foods rather than highly processed ingredients, it’s important to know what to look for and where the hidden messages may be. Here are some tips that I recently learned from our partners at Eastern Michigan University’s Dietetics & Human Nutrition Programs, (thank you to Sandra Pernecky, MS, RDN, Co- Director):
  • Begin with the Serving Size and Total Calories so that you know how to compare with other product labels;
  • When looking at sugar on the label, aim for 10% or less of your calories from added sugars;
  • Below is the look of the "new food label" that larger manufacturers will start using in July 2018. The new label reflects updated information from nutrition science-based evidence.  It's interesting to see the changes based on where American diets are lacking ~ vitamin D and potassium are now required, and vitamin C and vitamin A have been removed (as we seem to be doing well enough in our intake of these nutrients).

You can find important nutrition information this month on the SkyWell Bulletin Board,
messages brought to you by Project Healthy Schools.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Campaign on Driving Safety

DRIVE Well - SkyWell

SkyWell is pleased to announce the award of a $1000 grant from the State of Michigan’s Office of Highway Safety Planning to implement an education campaign to improve student driving safety, called DRIVE Well – SkyWell. The collaboration joins together resources from Strive For a Safer Drive/Ford Motor Company and Think First, a community awareness program sponsored by the St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Level 1 Trauma Center. The campaign will raise awareness about three important issues relevant to the Skyline community – distracted driving, driving speed on campus, and driving skills and pedestrian safety in the three roundabouts on Maple Road.

Stay tuned for more details about DRIVE Well - SkyWell.

Watch your social media links and the SkyWell Communications Board for details on how to be involved in this important campaign.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Safe Toys this Holiday Season

SkyWell wants to remind you that during this season of giving, it’s important to remember some safety issues when choosing toys for young children or family members. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), who closely monitors and regulates toys, any toy made in — or imported into — the United States after 1995 must comply with these CPSC standards.
Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind when shopping for toys:
·         Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant.
·         Stuffed toys should be washable.
·         Painted toys should be covered with lead-free paint.
·         Art materials should say nontoxic.
·         Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the package, which means that they've been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season! See the SkyWell Board in the Commons for more safety information this holiday season.
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Week of Thanksgiving Gratitude

Happy Turkey Day from SkyWell, 
or for you plant based food lovers, 
Happy ToFurkey Day!

What are you thankful for this year?