ACH Volunteers sponsor “Have a Heart” food dive

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many will search for ways to show loved ones they are cared about. This year, the Alliance Community Hospital (ACH) volunteers are asking for your help to shower the community with love.

In recognition of Heart Month, the ACH volunteers will be sponsoring the “Have a Heart” food drive to benefit the Alliance Community Pantry, which assists in helping meet the needs of those struggling in our community.

“Our volunteers, who range in age from 16 to 93, open their hearts to help those in our community who are in need through a variety of activities throughout the year,” said Michele Quinn, Coordinator of Volunteer Services. “Helping others isn’t just part of what these wonderful individuals do on a daily basis, it’s part of who they are.”

While many donations are made to the pantry during the holiday season, those donations have already been used. Community donations are important throughout the year as they provide a variety of items that are typically not available to the individuals who benefit from the services of the pantry.

In 2013, 2,624 local families visited the Alliance Community Pantry a total of 18,154 times – an increase of 4% since 2012.  Of those families, 9,005 individuals benefited from the food they received. Last year the pantry gave away 931,000 pounds of food – an increase of 37% since 2012.

The “Have a Heart” food drive will take place from February 1st – February 15th. Community members wishing to donate are being asked to place donations of nonperishable foods and paper products in the box inside the hospital café. Please call the Volunteer Department at 330-596-7821 or 330-596-7822 for more information.

“Where there is a need, our volunteers are there, ready to help anyway they can,” said Quinn.

For more information about Alliance Community Hospital please go to www.achosp.org or visit the hospital’s Facebook page.

(Left to right): ACH volunteers Barb Morgan and Eleanor Carver, along with Michele Quinn, Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Wendy Tabellion hold some of the food donations that have been collected thus far.

(Left to right): ACH volunteers Barb Morgan and Eleanor Carver, along with Michele Quinn, Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Wendy Tabellion hold some of the food donations that have been collected thus far.

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Nutritional needs change as we age

 The following article appeared in today’s Alliance Review.

Nutritional needs change with age (click to read the full article)

By: Mallory Evans, Published September 5, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Nutrition, Senior Citizen Nutrition

Review Photo/ Kevin Graff
Registered and licensed dietitian, Dawn Wagner, takes age and physical condition into account as she plans meals for patients at Alliance Community Hospital. As seniors continue to age, their nutritional needs change.

 

Super Bowl Snack Tips

The big game is almost here! It doesn’t matter which team you cheer for, because when it comes to snacking, we all have one thing in common. On average, Americans will consume 1,200 calories from snacking alone!! That makes Super Bowl Sunday the second-largest food consumption day of the year after Thanksgiving, according to a report from the Calorie Control Council.

So let’s reevaluate that party menu playbook! Try these delicious, healthy Super Bowl snack tips at your party and score a touchdown with your guests!

  • Just about every starting lineup has some kind of dip. This year, how about giving these rookies some field time – serve your hungry guests hummus, salsa, guacamole or spinach & artichoke dip with whole grain chips or crackers.
  • Tackle the munchies with shrimp and slider sandwiches!
  • Score an extra point (or two) with peanuts, fruit kabobs, popcorn and dark chocolate.