Women's health requires unique perspective

March 2, 2011 

  • Lentil, pear and goat cheese salad

    1%7F1/2 cups lentils

    3/4 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon pepper

    1/4 cup lime juice

    2 tablespoons honey

    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

    2 pears, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

    1 bunch watercress, large stems trimmed

    4 ounces mild goat cheese, crumbled

    2 tablespoons coarsely chopped pecans

    In a medium saucepan of boiling water, cook the lentils with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper for 20 to 25 minutes or until lentils are tender. Drain.

    Meanwhile in a medium bowl, whisk together the lime
    juice, honey, ginger and the remaining
    1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add the lentils and cool to room temperature.

    Add the pears and watercress, tossing to combine. Serve the salad sprinkled with the goat cheese and chopped pecans.

    Mixed potato chowder

    2 teaspoons vegetable oil

    1 onion, finely chopped

    3 cloves garlic, minced

    1 pound baking potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

    3/4 pound red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

    1/2 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks

    1 cup chicken broth

    3/4 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon dried sage

    1 cup reduced-fat (2 percent) milk

    2/3 cup frozen corn kernels

    1/2 cup chopped parsley

    In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the onion and garlic, and saute for 7 minutes or until the onion is soft.

    Add the baking potatoes,
    red potatoes and sweet potatoes, stirring to coat. Add the broth, 2 cups of water, the salt and sage, bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 25 minutes or until the red potatoes and sweet potatoes are tender, and the baking potatoes are soft and creamy.

    Stir in the milk and corn; simmer for 4 minutes or until the corn is heated through. Stir in the parsley.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital hosted a Day of Dance on Saturday at Seaquins Ballroom in Bluffton.

A fun day for women of all ages had been planned. Mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins and friends gathered for some music and dance instruction designed to improve women's health and overall wellness.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital is a member of Spirit of Women, an elite coalition of American hospitals and health care providers that ascribe to high standards of excellence in women's health education and community outreach.

Since the beginning of time, women were thought to be different from men in many ways beyond the obvious.

Now modern research is beginning to agree -- there is a difference in the body, mind and spirit of women.

Women laugh and cry at different things and tend to enjoy and excel at different activities. From the chemical makeup in our brains to the parts of our bodies -- even our hearts.

The American Heart Association has shown that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of American women, regardless of race.

There was much to be learned at the Day of Dance event, includ- ing:

  • Women typically develop heart disease later in life when they might already be living with other health conditions, such as osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease.

  • Women are more likely to have less obvious heart attack symptoms such as shoulder pain, nausea, vomiting and heart flutters.

  • Women tend to seek medical treatment later than men.

  • One out of every two women older than 50 and one out of three men older than 75 will develop an osteoporosis-related fracture.

    There are things women can do to stay healthy.

    Getting a good night's rest is a fine place to start. Every day women must be physically active and nutritionally smart.

    Keep your family recipes, but consider changing some of the preparation methods used.

    Keep in mind your family's habits and adjust how you cook according to health recommendations of our day. Enjoy being where you are in the healthy way and eat well to stay well.

    Since women are caregivers we must be care takers of our own bones, heart and mind.

    Port Royal resident Ervena Faulkner is a retired educator who has always had an interest in food and nutrition. E-mail her at features@beaufortgazette.com.

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