While many or most of us have some familiarity with the Jewish feast of Hanukkah, I find lots of misunderstanding about it among people in general.  For instance, you hear it described as “the Jewish Christmas.”  That is unfortunate because it has nothing to do with Christmas at all.  It often occurs around the same […]

Pastoral Care Week is this week.

NKCH Chaplains

Pastoral Care Week is October 20-26, 2013. This is an opportunity to recognize the significance of appropriate, professional spiritual care in human health and wellness. The Greek philosopher Plato famously advised, “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” At NKCH, professional chaplains are an integral part of the overall healthcare team, […]

Benefits of Fall Vegetables

roasted cauiflower

Fall is a great time of year to renew your love of vegetables! Here are four fab veggies and their health benefits: Brussels sprouts. Members of the cabbage family, Brussels sprouts are touted for their cancer-fighting properties, high fiber content and cardiovascular benefits to help reduce osteoarthritis. Brussels sprouts peak in the fall and are […]

Back to School Lunches

Kindergarten children eating lunch

It is that time of year when the kids are heading back to school. It is important for kids to have a healthy meal at school. Here are some ideas for packing healthy lunches for your little ones. You can make lean meat sandwiches, like turkey or chicken on whole wheat bread. You can even […]

Eat a Rainbow This Summer!

Rainbow of fruits and vegetables

Have you heard this phrase, “Eat a rainbow”? It’s a catchy phrase and tool used to teach and encourage us all to eat a colorful array of fruits and vegetables to help provide our bodies with the variety of nutrients that it needs. With a multitude of seasonal fruits and vegetables available, summertime is the […]

A Thought for Memorial Day


My wife recently recalled a summer family vacation on the eastern seaboard many years ago.  Susan remembered with great clarity a number of the cities and historic sites we visited on that trip, even the less-than-happy reaction of our children at many of the places she and I found especially enjoyable or inspiring at the […]

May is Stroke Awareness Month

Grilled salmon and vegetables

Can you identify stroke’s warning signs? They are: F FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? A ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? S SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange? T TIME: If […]