Susan Cooper A Message from the President & CEO

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Susan Cooper

A Message from the President & CEO

My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this worldwide pandemic. During times of crisis, we often come together in ways we've never come together before. We set aside insignificant things and shift our focus to what really matters most in life...the people we love and care about. As I reflect on the past months since things began to unfold with the coronavirus (COVID-19), I am humbled by and grateful for the work of our local emergency responders, hospital professionals, and other workers who are making it possible for people to get health care services, food, supplies and medications. These "Community Heroes" lend courage, strength and sacrifice through their service to others.

Being in the retirement living business, we at Morningstar Living have a monumental responsibility to take care of and protect the people we serve..."in health and in sickness." Caring for and protecting the residents and the clients we serve is what we do. We are responsible for hundreds of residents living at our two campuses in Nazareth, and the clients we provide in-home support and care to, who are living in their homes throughout the Lehigh Valley. Our residents and our clients rely on us 24/7/365. For this reason, we've taken some very extraordinary measures to limit the risk of infection and prevent the spread of the virus in our communities:

As I think about these extraordinary changes that we've made in a short period of time, I am in awe of my team members, who come to work faithfully and work tirelessly around the clock to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our team of Nurses, CNAs, Caregivers, Social Services, Wellness, Physical Therapy, Neighborhood and Community Life, Culinary Services, Maintenance and Security, Groundskeeping, Housekeeping, Transportation, IT and Administration...these are the Morningstar Living Heroes.

Yes, the world has certainly changed as a result of COVID-19, and so have we at Morningstar Living. Who knows how long we'll be dealing with this pandemic and its' aftermath? And while there may be more changes and uncertainty in the months that lie ahead, there is one thing of which I am absolutely certain...the mission and core purpose of Morningstar Living has never been more important.

"Making a difference...by enriching life's journey for all we serve."

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Hard-boiled, scrambled, fried or over-easy! Eggs are good for you!

Are eggs a healthy addition to our diets? For most of us, the answer is a resounding “yes!” Consider that:

  • Egg protein is the highest quality protein in any food. It contains all the essential amino acids needed by the body to build valuable proteins. And note; the protein is found in the egg yolk as well as the white.
  • Eggs are an excellent source of choline – a compound the body uses for nerve and brain development.
  • Eggs contain natural vitamin D – a nutrient with probable health benefits far beyond its ability to help the body absorb calcium.
  • Egg yolks get their orange-yellow color from lutein – a natural pigment that can help guard eyes from developing cataracts.
  • Eggs contain no harmful trans fats and very little unsaturated fat – the culprits in our food that increase risk for heart disease.

What’s the potential downside to eggs? “Well, a single egg yolk contains about 215 milligrams of cholesterol applied to our recommended daily limit of 200-300 milligrams,” says, Donna L. Henshue, RN, for Morningstar Senior Living’s Life Care Community, Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth, PA. “So people with diabetes or high blood cholesterol would be wise to limit their egg intake to one to two per week.”

As for everyone else, prospective studies found no significant negative effect of eating one to two eggs daily in healthy people who generally eat a low-fat diet.

So go ahead and enjoy your eggs. Whether soft-boiled, sunny-side up, poached or otherwise prepared, they’re good for you!