Health Topics

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


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.

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HEALTH Program for Weight Management

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The Mayo Clinic Diet Program - Session 2

Fitness & Weight Management

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

The Mayo Clinic Diet Program - Session 3

Fitness & Weight Management

La Crosse, WI
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In The News

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

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

Monday Run Day 3: Enhancing athletic performance with nutrition

When an athlete fuels correctly with adequate nutrition, their athletic performance can be at peak. Whether you’re a dedicated athlete or an occasional weekend warrior, you can enhance performance by using whole foods you already may have in the pantry.

Anne Bauch, R.D. By Anne Bauch February 3, 2017

Whats for dinner: Why not try something new?

For many of us living busy lives, eating often becomes routine. We get stuck making the same recipes and buying the same foods week after week. Meal planning becomes boring.

February 3, 2017

Healthy eating tips for your next party

Ever wonder why big-game parties and other large gatherings are classic situations for eating food that’s notoriously bad for you? Perhaps it’s because everyone wants to serve food that’s going to please their guests, and often, these traditional favorites aren’t very healthy.

Kristi Wempen RDN By Kristi Wempen February 2, 2017

Are you struggling to drink enough water daily?

Getting a sufficient amount of water in daily is a common struggle that I, and often others, have. In fact, not drinking enough water can become a difficult habit or pattern to break.

Arlene Hrdlicka, R.N. By Arlene Hrdlicka January 16, 2017

Processed foods: What you should know

Processed foods have been blamed for the national rise in obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. But what exactly is a processed food, and is it really all that bad for you?

January 3, 2017

Recipe: Painted desert chili mix in a jar

This healthy chili mix makes a great gift and is an excellent way to expose children to a variety of spices, smells and colors. It’s also a great way to teach children healthy food preparation habits (wash hands before beginning), math and measurement.

December 6, 2016

Are you getting too much protein?

Judging by all the protein bars, shakes and powders out there, you get the impression you need more protein. There are claims it curbs appetite, helps with weight loss and builds muscle. But what’s the real story?

Kristi Wempen RDN By Kristi Wempen November 21, 2016

Sodium guidelines — always in season

As a mother and dietitian, reducing sodium in our family’s diet has been a priority. There are many good reasons why.

Kay Alberg, R.D. By Kay Alberg November 18, 2016

Healthy food and a healthy lifestyle can help prevent cancer

Compelling evidence shows that generous amounts of fruits and veggies as part of a healthy diet may lower the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. Eating a healthy diet and adopting healthy habits have so much power in decreasing the possibility of developing breast and colorectal cancers in particular.

Grace Fjeldberg RDN By Grace Fjeldberg October 11, 2016