The COVID Diaries: Shopping Smart and Reducing Food Waste During a Pandemic

Rebecca LaChance, MS, RD, LD addresses the topic of reducing food waste In this presentation on shopping smart and making food last during a pandemic, Dietitian Rebecca LaChance discusses reducing food waste, optimizing your food shopping habits, food storage best practices, ideas for repurposing ingredients, and methods of food preservation. She also offers additional food-related resources at the completion of the presentation. Rebecca LaChance, MS, RD, LD is an adjunct faculty member in the UNE Online Master of Science in Nutrition program. She is an active member of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is currently working as a dietitian among the geriatric population in Midcoast Maine. The importance of reducing food waste In 2017, Americans disposed of 38.1 million tons of food waste. The USDA estimates that a Read more >>
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The COVID Diaries: Eating from the Pantry – the Benefits of Meal Planning

Meal planning with Registered Dietitian Nazia Sadat Registered Dietitian Nazia Sadat discusses the benefits of meal planning using pantry staples. With a little thought, meal planning can help you get the proper nutritional balance. Making healthy food choices can help with increasing immunity as well as uplifting our mood.      Stress impacts the diet choices we make, making it harder to choose healthy foods because of boredom or feeling stressed. Nazia Sadat, MS, MPH, MS Ed., RDN, LDN offers helpful tips and advice on managing healthy eating, creating meal plans, using pantry food staples, and managing stress levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlighted quotes from the presentation: “Given the COVID-19 situation that we are all in right now, our stress levels are at an all-time… Read more >>
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The COVID Diaries: Intentional Online Education vs. Emergency Remote Instruction

young dad working and homeschooling Olga LaPlante and Amy Wright, members of the CGPS Instructional Design Services (IDS) team, discuss some of the benefits of intentional online education and the collaborative processes IDS uses to create engaging online courses: 2020 was a school year unlike any other since 1918 and now that it’s summer and school is out, many K-12 schools and colleges are reflecting on the spring 2020 term as they plan for the next school year. COVID-19 forced educators across the country to rapidly switch to emergency remote learning to maintain instructional continuity at the onset of the pandemic, whether via the Internet, photocopied packets, or some combination of these strategies. In early June, as seniors across the country received their diplomas… Read more >>
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The COVID Diaries: A Discussion on Self-Care

The COVID Diaries: A Discussion on Self-Care This is the second video in the COVID Diaries video series. Program Director for the Graduate Programs in Social Work Online Jennifer O’Neil facilitates a discussion centered around the role of self-care in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists include Dr. Pat Coccoma, Dr. Brian Rzepczynski, and Susan Osofsky, LSW, LCSW – each of whom is a UNE faculty member who teaches in the online Master of Social Work program and is a practicing therapist.  This video builds on the topic of grief during the time of COVID and goes one step further. The panel does a deep dive into self-care and coping strategies – and emphasizes the importance of self-care for both clients and practitioners. When properly integrated, self-care… Read more >>
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The COVID Diaries: A Discussion on Grief

The COVID Diaries: A Discussion on Grief hosted by the MSW program at UNE Online Program Director for the Graduate Programs in Social Work Online Jennifer O’Neil facilitates a discussion centered around the role of grief in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists are UNE faculty members who teach in the online Master of Social Work program, and each is a practicing therapist. Panelists include Dr. Pat Coccoma, Dr. Brian Rzepczynski, and Susan Osofsky, LSW, LCSW. This informative discussion encompasses the different types of grief as well as the different stages of grief and provides an overview of the role that grief is now playing in everyday life. Learn about the online MSW at UNE
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