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Family meals do more than put food on the table

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During National Nutrition Month, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spotlights Benefits of Cooking, Eating as a Family Make mealtime a family time. If you can get together for meals even a few times a week, family meals mean healthier eating – and more. For National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition read more

Is a new look to food labels on the horizon?

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The last time the nutrition panel information on a food product got a facelift was 1994. Today, 20 years later, the FDA has made a proposal for a change in the nutrition panel. Some of these changes include: More emphasis on calories by highlighting calories per serving  Breakdown of sugar content to read more

Risk factors for colon cancer


Being older than 50 years increases your chance of colon cancer. Other factors that may increase your risk include: Personal history of colon or rectal cancer or polyps Family history of colon or rectal cancer, especially a parent, sibling or child History of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease Obesity Smoking Diets high in meat and low read more

Welcome spring by coloring your plate

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Eat away those winter blues by filling your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables. Not only are they a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, they also will provide your body with powerful antioxidants. It is important to eat a variety of colors, since, there is often a different read more

Will chia seeds promote weight loss?

chia seeds

When you think of chia seeds do chia pets come to mind? If you answered yes, you are correct! The same seeds that promoted grass like “fur” out of the head of many different animals and celebrities are now being sold as a weight-loss aid. Chia is an edible seed that read more

Top Five Cardiac Nutrition Myths Debunked


As a cardiac registered dietitian, I meet with many people who are trying to learn about the correct eating patterns to protect their hearts. Here are the top myths I hear from my patients and keep you up to date about current heart-healthy recommendations. Don't eat eggs (or shrimp or shellfish) My read more

Learn about wine and heart health


Research shows moderate alcohol consumption reduces the risk of heart disease by 30 to 50 percent but the key to alcohol and heart health is moderation. In small amounts, alcohol can raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and it can also reduce the risk of blood read more

Body weight adds resistance to workouts


One of the easiest and most efficient ways to work out is to use your own body weight for resistance. Not only are body-weight workouts popular in current workout trends, but these types of workouts and exercises have long been used in the military and athletic training world. Here are read more

Top five lessons your kids can learn from the winter games

Family watching Olympics

Hard work pays off. While the most elite athletes have often been blessed with enormous amounts of talent, every athlete in the winter games has one thing in common: practice, practice, practice. Maybe your son wants to be a premier violinist. Maybe your daughter wants to be a weightlifter. Teach read more