Nutrition, Diet Technician

Nutrition: making small changes for a big impact

Health and Wellness, Programs and Services

Antonietta Alfano is a Diet Technician working with individuals who live in our residential homes. She coaches both Arc of Monroe staff and residents on healthy eating while working closely with each person she supports on nutritional needs. To assist staff at each house, Antonietta will check receipts as needed to ensure healthy eating and recommends foods to purchase as needed for the individual’s diets as well as the rest of the home. To help people she supports, she provides pictures of the foods that are recommended on their plates and work with them one-on-one to make healthier choices. Antonietta …

Staying healthy this holiday season


Arc Alive, our wellness committee, offers ways to stay healthy and well during the holiday season. Find time for fitness FITON is free app that I downloaded on my phone and it has access to so many workouts, stretches and simple exercises- and did I mention it’s free?! The best part is you can chose the amount of time you have to exercise (the first one I did was only 10 minutes), the type of workout and your level of intensity.  You can pull the workout video on your phone and instantly have a great trainer encouraging you along. It’s …

Nature’s Pharmacy

Health and Wellness

Health Tips Nature’s Pharmacy Nature provides us with so many wonderful things, but how often do we think about the foods that Nature gives us and what they do for us?  There are actually so many clues that tell us how these foods (especially when eaten in raw form) help different parts of our body! Look at this carrot slice!  It literally looks just like the human eye!  We all know that carrots are great for our eye sight by increasing blood flow to the eye!!!         Your heart has four chambers – the left and right …

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Taking Steps Can Lead to Great Strides When it Comes to Total Health and Well-Being

Health and Wellness

If you find the below article useful please consider making a donation so we can create more.   I am sure many of us have all heard or been told about how important physical activity is when it comes to our physical health, however, many people may not know just the important factors it can play when it comes to our overall well-being . In April of 2016, the Arc embarked on our first walking program. It was a campaign aimed to kick off the American Heart Association’s National Start Walking Day. The goal was to not just to make …

Shelley VanLare

Alzheimer’s, IDD and Caregivers

Health and Wellness

If you find the below article useful please consider making a donation so we can create more.   November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  Caregivers who understand the disease process of dementia or Alzheimer’s are better able to provide an environment that helps the person live as full a life as possible, while keeping the stress level at a minimum. Practical Tips Remember that everyday activities become more challenging and confusing to a person with dementia. Daily Living Maintain old routines and make bathing relaxing – not a rush! Simplify the task by assisting as much as necessary. Don’t expect participation – …

Shelley VanLare

Cholesterol: The Good and The Bad

Health and Wellness

If you find the below article useful please consider making a donation so we can create more articles like this.   Your body makes all the cholesterol you need to stay healthy – yes, healthy!  We need cholesterol to help our bodies build cells, make hormones, regulate metabolism and help your body absorb Vitamin D (which we need to help us absorb calcium and for a healthy heart) – WOW! KINDS OF CHOLESTEROL LDL – Low Density Lipoprotein – also known as BAD cholesterol. Maybe you can remember this by thinking the first ”L” means LOUSY!!!! LDL is sticky stuff …