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I want to get pregnant. What do I do now?

shutterstock_108496100So you made the big decision to proactively try to get pregnant. (Congrats!) Now what? Making healthy choices a month or two before you become pregnant is an important step to a healthy and happy pregnancy. This is a good time to focus on getting your body into its most healthy state. A few things you may want to consider are:

  • Start taking a prenatal vitamin with .4mg of Folic Acid included – It’s recommended to take .4mg of folic acid a day for at least one month before you conceive and during your first trimester. This reduces your chances of having a baby with neural-tube defects such as spina bifida by 50 to 70 percent. Continue Reading »

Learn the facts about vitamins, supplements and healthy food choices

It is easy to let healthy eating habits fall by the wayside in today’s fast-paced society. But consuming the proper amount of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients is key to healthy living.

That is why Dr. Jennifer Norden, integrative medicine specialist, and Julia Salomon, corporate dietician, are teaming up to inform the community about vitamin and supplement intake, as well as which foods are the best sources for nutrients.

Join them on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., for a free presentation at Mercy Medical Center. Here is an overview of what will be covered during the presentation:

Vitamins and Supplements: What should you take?
Review the evidence and marketing behind vitamins, supplements and natural medicine to help decide what really works:

Sorting fact form fiction in the marketing for vitamins and supplements can be challenging. In her presentation, Dr. Norden will be talking about the medical evidence of common vitamins and herbal medicines, as well as safety and quality concerns. During her presentation, you will find out what really works for preventing disease.

Colorize for Good Health: Do you know what Colorize is?
Bring color, texture and freshness to your diet and life:

Julia Salomón will be teaching you how to think food first! Her presentation will highlight the importance of focusing on healthy food as the first source for vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. You will learn about the benefits of various foods and how to easily incorporate them into your daily life.

This presentation might be just what you need to get on the right track toward living a healthy lifestyle. 

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