Archive | August 15, 2011

Back to School is Here! Pack your Child a Safe and Nutritious Lunch

by Donna Quirk, MBA RD LD
LMC Clinical Nutrition Manager

A study made headlines earlier this week when it revealed that, of packed lunches it measured, 90% had perishable foods over the safe temperature of 40 degrees F. This can lead to the growth of harmful bacteria that, if eaten, can cause illness.


Perishable foods are generally moist and high in protein. Some examples are:
•Milk and milk products
•Poultry, pork, beef, lamb, fish and shellfish
•Eggs
•Soy-protein foods, like tofu
•Cooked rice and beans

So here are a few tips to pack that safe and nutritious lunch.
•Look for a good insulated lunch tote
•An ice pack is a must!
•Freeze juice boxes or bottled water. It melts by lunch time and helps keep foods cool.
•Avoid mayonnaise on sandwiches and avoid salads with mayonnaise like tuna salad.
•Include fruits and raw veggies. Dip veggies it salsa.
•Try nuts and nut butters for protein

•Purchase milk at school

Packing your child’s lunch is a great way for you to know they are getting the foods and nutrients they need. Take a few extra steps and their lunch will be safe too!

Physician Practice Manager Earns Prestigious Honor

Kathy Rowland, practice manager at Carolina Pulmonary & Critical Care, received the Medical Manager of the Year award on July 20 from the Lexington chapter of South Carolina Medical Group Managers.

“Being named the Lexington chapter’s SCMGMA Medical Manager of the Year was completely surprising. I was extremely honored to be a nominee among such experienced and devoted managers and especially humbled to be chosen for the award,” said Rowland.

A graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Rowland began working at Carolina Pulmonary & Critical Care in 1980 as the office RN. She became a clinical supervisor in 1982, assistant office manager in 1986 and practice manager in 1995.


Carolina Pulmonary & Critical Care is more than a medical practice. We are a family of dedicated and caring providers with a compassionate, talented, hard-working staff, all of which I hold dear to my heart and with whom it is my privilege to work,” she said.

Joining the Lexington Medical Center network in July 2010, Carolina Pulmonary and Critical Care has four board-certified physicians: Dr. Sarkis Derderian; Dr. Paul Kirschenfeld; Dr. Christopher Marshall; and Dr. Mohamed S. Soliman.