Did you know that, on average, Americans consume nearly 100 pounds of sugar and sweeteners each year? That's 30 teaspoons every day. As the number one source of calories in the American diet, soda and sweetened fruit drinks alone represent half of our sugar intake. Here are some simple and effective ways you can cut back on sugar consumption:
Swap soda for sparking water and add lemon or lime to flavor. Replacing just one 12-oz soda each day will save you 10 teaspoons of sugar.
When cooking or baking, replace sugar with spices to add flavor and zest.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with healthier options like fruit, low-sugar cereal, or yogurt with fresh fruit.
Replace ketchup with salsa whenever you can. Ketchup contains about 4 grams of sugar per teaspoon; salsa typically contains no sugar.
Skip those granola bars — most contain 11-16 grams of sugar each. Instead, choose veggies and hummus for a quick energy boost.
What are your favorite sugar swaps? Tell us here.
Welcome to the new Lighten Up 4 Life 2014 Challenge!
Whether you're new to the challenge or have participated before, we're glad you're here. For this challenge, our focus is working together to build a healthier community.
We want to hear why you want to Lighten Up 4 Life. Is it for a special event or to meet a personal goal? Leave a comment and tell us why.
To help you and your team get started on this wellness journey, schedule your free Lighten Up 4 Life Screening today!
Lighten Up For Life Screening - Free for Lighten Up For Life participants, $10 for all others
Screening of height, weight, blood pressure, body fat percentage and waist, arm and thigh measurements. Program registration available at screening. Make your appointment for any time during normal business hours. Appointment required by calling (828) 692-4600.
Pardee Hospital Foundation's 19th Annual Tournament of Champions at Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock raised nearly $85,000 to purchase vital medical equipment for Pardee Hospital.
A total of 148 golfers competed in this year's two 18-hole tournaments that help give back to our community's health care. This year's tournament proceeds will help the foundation purchase a new BK Medical Flex Focus 400 Urology Ultrasound unit with superb imaging capabilities to detect the early signs of prostate cancer in a less invasive process.
"Being surrounded by individuals and professionals that truly care so much about the well-being and health of the people in their community is why I am a part of and support the Pardee Hospital Foundation. It's truly a blessing to know that what you do today and the time you spend will be used to possibly save a life tomorrow, and that my friends is what it's all about," said Mark Staicar, co-chair of the 19th annual tournament of champions, Vendor Sales Manager for Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company.
A total of 40 sponsors supported this year's Tournament of Champions. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Asheville and SanStone Health and Rehabilitation served as Diamond Sponsors. MagMutual; Andy Oxy Co., Inc.; First Citizens Bank; Pardee Hospital; HealthCare Claims Management; Wells Fargo; Wright McGraw Beyer Architects, PA.;Carolina Village; Times-News; WTZQ, served as Gold Sponsors.
Since 1996, the Tournament of Champions has raised more than $1.9 million to expand Pardee Hospital, improve services and purchase equipment to strengthen patient care.
Do not let knee pain keep you from enjoying life! Edward G. Lilly III, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Blue Ridge Bone & Joint, will discuss the newest techniques used to treat arthritis in the knee. These techniques include partial knee replacements, new implants and custom knee replacements. Dr. Lilly will be available to answer your questions about knee pain and offer options to help get you moving again.
Wed., May 14, 1 – 2 p.m. at Pardee Signature Care Center.
Register by calling (828) 692-4600.
Pardee will host a blood drive for the Blood Connection on Friday, May 9, from 12 - 4:30 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the Pardee Signature Care Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall on Four Seasons Boulevard.
In order to donate blood, one must be healthy, at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and not have donated blood in the past 56 days. Walk-in donors will be accepted, but those with appointments will be seen first. Request an appointment by calling (828) 692-4600.