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"Heart to Heart"
Dr. James T. Willerson
A letter from Dr. Willerson, President of Texas Heart Institute.
  

 
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L&LRC E-News March 2013
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  March 2013                                                                 Vol. 14, No. 2

The Mediterranean diet ...
and a quick lunch idea! 

Peoples around the Mediterranean Sea have long been known to live longer and suffer fewer cancers and cardiovascular ailments. Their diet—the Mediterranean diet--has long been touted as heart-healthy and now the longest and most scientific research study into their diet has confirmed it. The study received tremendous media attention last month. How convenient the news was published just before Nutrition Month

Olive oil and the Mediterranean diet for heart healthy nutritionA Mediterranean diet includes extra-virgin olive oil and nuts, particularly walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds.  It also emphasizes fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans, seeds, legumes, and flavorful herbs and spices. Fish is good two or three times a week. Have poultry, eggs, cheese, and yogurt in moderation. Add a bit of dark chocolate and a splash of red wine. Red meat and baked sweets should be eaten rarely. Save those for special occasions. Remember to exercise and stay physically fit and you'll do wonders for your heart, and your health. 

The Mediterranean Diet checked in at #4 in this year's US News & World Report's "Best Heart-Healthy Diets" report. After reading about it, I created a super-easy variation of Greek pasta salad. I substituted white beans for the pasta, added ingredients standard to Greek salads--cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, and black olives--as well as green olives and red onions, and dressed it with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice and basil. I refrigerated it for a few hours to let the flavors meld. With some whole-grain crackers, it was a light and tasty heart-healthy lunch. I had a piece of dark chocolate for dessert. Good eats! — Gregg

 

Searching for strawberries   

Spring strawberries for heart healthy nutrition
 
Strawberries are super nutritious, and among the berries especially recommended for women's heart health. I have always liked strawberries, but now that I'm pregnant I crave them all the time! And they're a healthier choice than donuts, the other food I've been craving.

I learned a few interesting facts about strawberries with a quick Internet search:

So many of us jump to Google for online information, but are we getting the most out of our searches? 

Google recently launched a website called Search Education, designed to help students, but also a good tutorial for anyone trying to improve search skills. Lesson plans include picking the right search terms and evaluating the credibility of sources. There are webinars, courses on power searching, and a daily challenge to help you practice your technique.   

For more research-oriented searching try Google Scholar to find scholarly literature. And don't miss our Google Scholar class on Friday! 

My favorite ways to eat strawberries? 
I love strawberry shortcake, strawberries on top of yogurt and strawberry-rhubarb pie. But by far my favorite way to eat strawberries is fresh from the farm! Try adding them to your spinach salad too! — Rebecca 
 

Go on an information diet  

The Information Diet by Clay Johnson - recommended reading

The amount of new information available daily can be overwhelming. PubMed surpassed 20 million citations in early 2010 and now comprises over 22 million citations. Clay Johnson, in his book The Information Diet, recommends that Americans cut back on mindless overconsumption of junk information.

If you need an information diet overhaul, set up a one-on-one consultation with Rebecca or me, or come to one of our information management classes like Rapid Research Alerts or Resources for Research

The TMC Library also offers a Tuesday Tech Lunch series to help you find the right apps and tools for your information workflow.  

We can help you create your "recipe" for research success.  — Sonya

  
P.S. Stop by for some peace and quiet

Need a quiet place to study or compute? The Library has 7 study carrels and the Learning Resource Center has 16 computers available to you M-F 7:30-5:00. 24/7 access to the Learning Resource Center is also available to some of our patrons; ask at the circulation desk.

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Sonya Fogg, Manager  ♦  Rebecca Ajtai, Coordinator of Library Services
Gregg Doty, Library Assistant  ♦  Christina Senny, Student Worker
Dr. Patrick J. Hogan, Director
L&LRC Hours ♦ Mon. through Fri. ♦ 7:30 am - 5 pm
 www.texasheart.org/library     ♦     832-355-9560


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