Useful Information for Better Health from the Western Maryland Health System

Monday, July 31, 2017

Eat More of These Foods for Better Brain Health

The wild, wonderful summer is the season to eat more of the flavors of the farm, garden and farmers’ markets.

The WMHS Food for Thought Book Discussion Group is currently reading a cutting-edge book, The Alzheimer’s Prevention Food Guide, by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and researchers Sue Linja and Dr. SeAnne Safaii-Waite. The book highlights evidence-based research about foods that are good for brain health and may protect against Alzheimer’s.
Many of these foods are found in abundance during this wonderful growing season and include the following, among many others:
  • Leafy greens:  Including arugula, kale, spinach, and watercress
  • Herbs: Including mint, basil, and cilantro
  • Vegetables: Including beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, garlic, and red cabbage
  • Fruit: Including berries, cherries, grapes and melons

Farmers’ Market

The Farmers’ Market is at the WMHS parking garage every Wednesday from 2-5 pm. Stop by and pick up some sensational fresh flavors of the season and eat more of these foods to help improve your brain health.

Upcoming Programs

The next Change to Win session begins on Tuesday, September 5 at 12 noon or 4:30 pm or Wednesday, September 6 at 4:30 pm. This 12-week nutrition and weight loss program focuses on creating healthy habits, not on restrictions.
Besides weight loss, participants report other positive health changes including:
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower blood sugars
  • Lower Hemoglobin A1C levels
  • Lower total and LDL cholesterol levels
  • Decreases in waist circumference
  • Less knee and joint pain
  • Improved energy
  • Improved physical exercise skills
  • Improved mood
  • Decreasing or discontinuing medications, as ordered by PCPs  or specialists

Change to Win Support Group

The Change to Win Support Group, open to anyone who has completed the Change to Win program will meet on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm beginning on September 6th.  

To register for either the Change to Win program or support group, call Theresa Stahl, RDN, LDN, FAND, Outpatient Community Dietitian and Change to Win instructor, at 240-964-8416 or email