5 Webcasts About Nutrition and Healthy Eating for Cystic Fibrosis

The importance of nutrition and healthy eating for cystic fibrosis patients cannot be overstated. Many CF patients have problems getting the nutrients they need out of the foods they eat and struggle to maintain a healthy body weight. In this series of webcasts from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, various aspects of diet and nutrition are examined to help patients and families with children who have cystic fibrosis eat better and easily increase their calorie intake.

 

 

In this webcast titled Cooking on a Budget: Eating High Calories for Less, Melissa Chin, clinical program specialist for the CFF and dietitian Judy Fulton from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh share tips for meal planning, saving money on groceries, understanding food labels, and inexpensive protein options. The handy hacks will help to make cooking healthy nutritious meals for the family easier.

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In this webcast titled Secrets for Cooking Up Calories, Melissa Chin, clinical program specialist for the CFF talks to dietitian Judy Fulton from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh about why eating breakfast is so important for cystic fibrosis patients. The two talk about various options for breakfast, lunch and dinner that are easy to prepare and high in calories and protein. Judy demonstrates some simple recipes and advises on how extra calories can be added into meals.

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In this webcast titled Using Nutrition to Stay Healthy – Part 1, Leslie Hazel, director of patient resources for the organization, speaks to three cystic fibrosis experts from the Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, New York about fitting nutrition into busy lives, how cystic fibrosis patients can use nutrition to help them stay healthy, and what a healthy weight is for people with CF.

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In this webcast titled Using Nutrition to Stay Healthy – Part 2, Leslie Hazel, director of patient resources for the organization, speaks to three cystic fibrosis experts from the Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, New York. The team concentrates on why people with cystic fibrosis struggle to gain weight and absorb nutrients from their food. The experts discuss ways that CFers can increase their caloric intake, how enzymes should be taken, and the use of supplements.

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In this webcast titled Adult Nutrition, Leslie Hazel, director of patient resources for the organization, speaks to dietitian Cathy Selfert from the University of Washington about adult nutrition for cystic fibrosis patients. Ms. Selfert talks about the link between a person’s body mass index (BMI) and their lung function, the nutritional needs of teenagers and young adults, the caloric needs of adults with cystic fibrosis and how they can get the extra calories they need.

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