Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

Nutrition

Mastering nutrition basics comes down to understanding the roles that specific nutrients play in a healthy diet. Want to go beyond the nutrition basics? Talk to your doctor or a dietitian for personalized dietary advice that takes into account your health status, lifestyle, and food likes and dislikes.

Classes & Events

HEALTH Program for Weight Management

Fitness & Weight Management

Mankato, MN
05/31/2017
12-1 p.m.

The Mayo Clinic Diet Program - Session 3

Fitness & Weight Management

La Crosse, WI
09/13/2017
Every Wednesday for 10 weeks. Weigh-in at 3:45. Class runs 4 to 5:15 p.m.

In The News

Camp Wabi registration open for kids who struggle with weight

In addition to traditional camp activities, kids entering grades six through 10 receive healthy lifestyle coaching for one hour a day by specialists. 

February 21, 2017
New Prague dietitian explains the benefits of blueberries

Often labeled a superfood, blueberries are bursting with vitamins and minerals, many of which are classified as antioxidants.

July 29, 2016

From The Blog

Try some new fruits and veggies this summer

It’s hardly news that fruits and vegetables are good for you. The real news is why.

May 22, 2017

Cauliflower: A powerhouse of nutrients

“Eat your vegetables!” How many times have you heard that? The good news is that one of those vegetables we put the spotlight on may be worth consuming on a regular basis.

Eileen Dutter, R.D. By Eileen Dutter May 8, 2017

Monday Run Day 16: Recovery time

You did it — congratulations! Completing a full or half-marathon is no easy task, but we always knew you could do it. After months of discipline, it’s natural you may be tempted to spend your first day off training indulging in junk food and other guilty pleasures.

May 5, 2017

Kids and sodium: Serious risks and alarming realities

When it comes to sodium intake among adults, the general consensus is that high consumption will increase risk of hypertension and stroke. How about children? Does a high sodium intake pose the same risks for children and adolescents as it does for adults?

April 18, 2017

Monday Run Day 12: Recovery recipe 2

As you push yourself through training, do you reward yourself with a refreshing treat at the end of your workout? Selecting the right treat can ensure your body gets the proper nutrients needed to repair itself.

April 7, 2017

Monday Run Day 11: Fuel during and after exercise

Do you sometimes run out of steam partway through a run? When you are really pushing yourself, such as training for a marathon, you may need to fuel up during your workout.

March 31, 2017

Monday Run Day 10: Fuel before exercise

Are you starting to feel like the “The Little Engine that Could?” As you continue to push yourself, remember that nutrition is an incredibly important piece of the puzzle.

March 24, 2017

5 nutrition tips to maximize your workouts

Did you know when and what you eat can have an impact on your workout? Eating and exercise are connected, and you can maximize the effectiveness of your workouts by using a few tips.

John Murphy MD By John Murphy March 14, 2017

Monday Run Day 8: Assessing your protein needs

As you reach the midpoint of your training, are you looking for ways to fine-tune your regimen and up your performance? Let’s take another look at your diet. Do you really know how much protein you need when exercising?

March 10, 2017

Monday Run Day 6: Assessing your carbohydrate needs

As you’re burning up the miles, you’re giving your body the fuel it needs to go the distance. One important thing to remember as your body works to recover between runs and workouts is to make sure you’re giving it enough carbohydrates.

February 24, 2017

Healthy habits before and after bariatric surgery

Weight loss surgery is not the best option for every person, but incorporating healthful habits is good for everyone. We have some tips to get you started living more healthfully.

Wendy Payson, R.N. By Wendy Payson February 16, 2017

Monday Run Day 4: Recipe for recovery

Another week of training is behind you. Good work! You’re getting closer to your goal, and you can do it. Make sure you’re giving your body the nutrients it needs to recover between workouts.

February 10, 2017