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Blog: Will chia seeds promote weight loss?

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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

Blog: 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

Blog: 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

Blog: 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

Blog: Top five lessons your kids can learn from the winter games

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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

Blog: Light your inner torch with interval training


Are you pressed for time? Interval training is a great way to improve your endurance and exercise performance in a short amount of time. Athletes know the magic of interval training; they use this type of training all the time to improve their performance. Interval training is a method of read more

Blog: Kick up the flavor without added salt


According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and high blood pressure is one of the major contributing factors. Eating too much salt may be one of the primary culprits to blame for high blood pressure. The AHA recommends that people should limit read more

Blog: Winter fruit and veggie blues


Are you feeling like you have to load up on heavy starches and fats during the winter because of the lack of produce? The winter months can be an easy time to get off the fruit and vegetable wagon, since there are not as many fresh choices from which to read more

Blog: Call 911 for chest pain


What’s the smartest thing to do if you’re having chest pain or other heart attack symptoms such as shortness of breath? Call 911 immediately to receive emergency care. In McHenry County, emergency heart care begins as soon as paramedics arrive at the scene of a heart attack. They perform an EKG read more

Blog: Tips to avoid hardened arteries

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There are a number of ways to prevent and reverse atherosclerosis. They include: Eat a healthy diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It should also be rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Exercise regularly. Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, lose weight. Don't smoke. If you smoke, quit. Control diabetes. If your doctor read more