A Message from the Dietitians of LKD Nutrition & Health Support Services:
Now, more than ever, it is vital that we consider the physical and emotional health of our communities most at risk. With the closing of schools and childcare centers throughout NYC, we have an opportunity to reach these populations in an unprecedented way. Families have come to rely on childcare centers to provide daily, balanced nutrition to their children throughout the work week. In the coming weeks these families will suffer increased stress related to potential contraction of COVID-19, healthcare costs, lost wages, and decreased food availability while caring for their children full time.
Following the guidelines of the trademarked Five to Flourish, we will focus on the five components that we know are essential for overall health and wellness, including stress management, sleep quality, hydration, nutrition, and physical activity. Luckily, we can utilize telehealth. Through the use of phone calls, FaceTime, or Skype platforms, we can provide much needed counseling, while encouraging social distancing during the unique circumstances surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. Social distancing is the most important practice in halting this pandemic but we cannot allow it to isolate us from the communities that need the most assistance.
All of us here at LKD are passionate about the health and nutrition of all of the diverse community members that we serve. Should anyone be interested in utilizing our resources to aid in immune-building techniques and practices, please reach out via email so that we may assist however we are able at this time.
MATERIALS AND PROGRAMS
Boosting Your Immune System During COVID-19 Pandemic
A QUICK GUIDE TO ELEVATE IMMUNITY IN A NATURAL WAY
-Don't worry about what you can't control. Daily de-stressing practices will help your body function at its best
-Get physical activity and sunshine when possible
-Wash your hands
-Choose foods with nutrients that support immune function like the vitamins and minerals, below:
Wheat germ, liver, eggs, nuts, seeds, cold-pressed vegetable oils, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, avocados, asparagus
Green vegetables, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, whole unprocessed grains
Wheat germ, liver, butter, cold water fish, shellfish, garlic, whole grains, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts
Oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, dairy
Poultry, tuna, salmon, shrimp, beef, liver, lentils, soybeans, seeds, nuts, avocados, bananas, carrots, brown rice, bran, wheat germ whole grain flour
Meat, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lentils, egg yolks, milk, sweet potatoes, seeds, nuts, wheat germ, salmon
Milk, eggs, liver, orange or green vegetables, fruits
Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, citrus, guava, kiwi, papaya, parsley, peas, potatoes, peppers, parsley, rose hips, strawberries, tomatoes
Sunlight, milk, egg yolks, liver fish