For four years the Memorial Hospital of Converse County's Arbor Cafe has been partnering with members of our community to bring Douglas a free community Christmas meal. And as we round the corner towards another Christmas, preparations are already underway for this year's celebration renamed Billy's Free Community Christmas Meal in honor of the recently passed Billy Cathcart. But how did this effort start, where did it come from, and what keeps it going? We asked Felicia Masterson Smith of our Arbor Cafe and Hospitality Services to give us an inside look at feeding a community!
It's a moment most parents of a child diagnosed with diabetes will always remember, the moment a doctor confirmed for them that indeed their hunch was right, something was going on outside the norm. But what happens after that moment?
We've all faced the refrigerator the Friday after Thanksgiving. We stare it down with a mix of anxiety and wonderment thinking, "Where's all of this food going to go?" For most of us, it ends up in the trash at some point because let's be honest there's only so much of a shelf life for food items, right? You may not realize though the average American family can waste around $1200 worth of food annually. $1200 is a high dollar amount when you think of how expensive groceries are in the first place.
What would a Thanksgiving table be without that deep garnet red bowl of delightful cranberry sauce? Cranberries date back to the early days of the Thanksgiving holiday and have been a culinary staple generation after generation. Even though they are small, they pack quite a nutritional punch. Cranberries contain resveratrol, an anti-inflammatory compound, are loaded with vitamin C, as well as other antioxidants; they can prevent UTIs and can reduce the risk of kidney stones. They are quite the mighty little fruit.
We Americans hinge our gatherings around food. Food is a cornerstone of any major holiday, party, or get together. And the height of all of the holidays that center on or around food is none other than Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is and forever tied to our public awareness and memory to traditions centered on what we consume.
Today the World recognizes Diabetes Diagnosis across the globe. According to the CDC, more than 100 million U.S. adults live with either a form of Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes in our country. A report released just this July estimates that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population –have diabetes. Learn as much as you can, support those you know who are diagnosed, and work to raise awareness about Diabetes in your community as much as you are able!
Healing is a vocation. It's consistently ranked right up there with ministers and teachers in our society. But so often is the case, those who are caregivers or healers for others rarely can or do take time to attend to their own needs: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. "It is kind of how we're hardwired, actually." smiled Cristy Cobb knowingly, head of Nursing and Quality at Memorial Hospital of Converse County.