Posted Online: April 22, 2013, 9:37 am

Health digest for April 23, 2013

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Forty-nine percentof Americans believe carrots are the best food for eye health, according to the American Optometric Association.
While carrots do contain nutritional value by supplying beta-carotene, which is essential for night vision, spinach and other dark, leafy greens are the healthiest foods for eyes because they naturally contain large amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin.
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Fit health into a busy lifestyle
According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the overall quality of the American diet gets a failing grade.
According to the Healthy Eating Index, adults ages 19 and older score 50 out of 100 on the quality of their diets. Hectic lifestyles may play a role in this failing grade, and registered dietitian and best-selling author Dave Grotto has a few tips to maintain proper nutrition even when time is tight.
-- Eat nutrient-filled meals. Pack healthy lunches with meals such as a salad with grilled chicken or a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread that provide protein and fiber.
"It's vital that we find ways to get the nutrients our bodies need and eating well-balanced meals can do just that," Grotto said.
-- Take your vitamins. Quality dietary supplements can fill nutrient gaps.
-- Stay active and enjoy the sunshine. Even if it is minimal, find time to move each day while you're at work by taking the stairs or going for a 10-minute walk around the block. An added benefit of being outdoors is the exposure to sunlight, which helps skin produce vitamin D3.
-- Don't forget to take time for yourself. Rest and relaxation is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Grotto recommends getting six to eight hours of sleep a night, and suggests keeping to the same bedtime each night.
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Ovarian cancer awareness meeting planned
The NormaLeah foundation will host a Sisterhood of the Teal Tiaras meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at Blue Cat Brew Pub, 113 18th St., Rock Island, to plan TEAL Town September events and other opportunities to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.
Men and women are invited to the event, which will include light refreshments and a cash bar.
"We need volunteers to help make our September events bigger and better than last year," said Jodie Shagrin Kavensky, executive director of the foundation, in a news release.
Last year's efforts during National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month included Tag the Town Teal, TEALlights of several high-profile buildings and more, according to the release.
Ovarian cancer has long been considered a silent killer because of its vague symptoms, the release states. NormaLeah Foundation's mission is to create public awareness, promote early detection and support research for ovarian cancer.
For more information about the NormaLeah Foundation or the Sisterhood of the Teal Tiaras, call 309-794-0009 or visit