• By Dana Sparks

Eating for Eye Health

July 30, 2014

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Most people have heard that carrots are good for their eyes, but do you know that other foods help protect vision and prevent eye disease?  The National Eye Institute and other vision experts note that a healthy diet is an important factor in eye health. Researchers have found that certain nutrients with antioxidant properties are beneficial. These include carotenoid compounds such as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, and vitamins C and E. Zinc and omega-3 fatty acids are also important for eye health.

Mayo Clinic eye and nutrition experts offer the following lists to help you choose foods for better eye health:

  • Vegetables: Kale, collard greens, peppers, broccoli, sweet potato, spinach, peas, pumpkin, carrots and Swiss chard
  • Fruits: Peaches, blueberries, oranges, tangerines, mango, tomato, apricot, papaya, cantaloupe, honeydew, avocado and grapefruit
  • Sources of zinc: King crab, lamb, bulgur, lean beef, fortified breakfast cereals, beans, lean pork, dark meat of poultry, whole-wheat or buckwheat flours, pumpkin seeds
  • Omega-3-rich foods: Salmon, herring, tuna, mackerel, rainbow trout, sardines, flaxseed, English walnuts, canola oil, roasted soybeans

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In years past, it was one program for the Rewards. So, if I was able to enter more than 500 points worth of rewards before Nov 16, I was able to carry over this balance to get to 1000 points for the year. This changed, and now I need to reenter the points I had added, to Program #2. Are there different opportunities to earn rewards in each? Or was this the only way to allow people to earn points for the second half of the year, that did not complete the first 500 points before Nov 16?

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Wait, what? The program has changed? I don't work downtown and is hard to get there for this meeting, will be be available on-line?

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@Christopher – Think of this as two separate times to earn points and the LiveWell reward. The first reward period you would have needed 500 points to earn the reward for the first half of the year and now you will need to earn another 500 points by June

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@Brenda – No, the program has not changed but the way points are recorded has changed. There is now two different opportunities to earn the LiveWell reward. If you earned 500 points by November 15, 2012 and submitted for your reward, you will receive th

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For those of us that do not work on the downtown campus, it is not an option to attend these types of events unless they can be viewed from other work locations. It is difficult for us to take advantage of many of the "opportunities" to earn Livewell Points when we would need to use an hour for travel time to attend them.

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@Diane – The great news is that all of our Benefits University classes can be viewed via webcast. You view the classes live here – http://videos.mayo.edu/live.

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Why are all the classes in the morning And nothing after 5pm? It seems as thow that the people on second and third shift get stuck. I have kids and no way to go to some of these things.

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@Lance – The great news is that all Benefit University classes are recorded and archived. For those that are unable to attend in person or watch it live do have the option of watching the archived recording later at their convenience. You can find all a

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If a person were to watch the broadcast live or watch the archived video, would they still earn the 15 LiveWell Reward points? They'd still be watching the same thing as those that showed up in person.

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@Tina – Yes, you would still earn the 15 LiveWell rewards points.

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I'd probably be living a lot better right now if I didn't have to suffer through breathing in diesel exhaust fumes from the busses outside of the Hilton Building. How about someone with the know how and ability fix that issue so I don't have to feel nauseous and light headed all afternoon. Thanks.

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I like being able to watch an archived version of the presentation at my own convenience.

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@Alicia – Thank you for posting the links. I hadn't known about the Benefits University archive before.

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