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.

Classes & Events

The Mayo Clinic Diet Program - Session 1

Fitness & Weight Management

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

Grocery Store Tours

Community Education

St. James, MN
1 p.m.

HEALTH Program for Weight Management

Fitness & Weight Management

Mankato, MN
12-1 p.m.

The Mayo Clinic Diet Program - Session 4

Fitness & Weight Management

Onalaska, WI
Every Thursday for 10 weeks. Weigh-in at 4:45. Class runs 5 to 6:15 p.m.

Time for a New Me

Fitness & Weight Management

La Crosse, WI
5:15 p.m.

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

From The Blog

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

Belly up to the (salad) bar

“Feel free to add on our salad bar for just $2.99 more!” You have probably heard this saying from time to time when you are dining out. You ponder these words for a mere five seconds or less and come to the conclusion of either, “Sure, why not” or “No, I’m good, thank you.” But even just a simple decision to add the salad bar to your bill may save you that extra trip to the gym.

August 11, 2016

3 simple tips for healthier smoothies

Smoothies can be a nutritious treat, but remember — just because it’s called a “smoothie” doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Here are some tips for nutritious and filling smoothies.

August 9, 2016

Are you getting enough calcium?

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. It’s found naturally in some foods, added to others, available as a supplement and found in some medications. Only 1 percent of the body’s calcium is used for metabolic functions, such as vascular contraction and vasodilation, muscle function, nerve transmission, intracellular signaling and hormone secretion. The remaining 99 percent is found as structural support in your bones and teeth.

August 2, 2016

Clean eating — getting to the source

As a dietitian, I’ve seen many nutrition trends over the years. Many of us are looking for the best ways to eat to promote weight loss, lower the risk of chronic disease or improve overall wellness. The most recent nutrition trend is called clean eating.

Anne Bauch, R.D. By Anne Bauch August 1, 2016

Reflections from an eating disorders therapist

Eating disorders are complex, affecting the mind, body and spirit. Like a cancer, it does not discriminate by age, size, gender, religious beliefs, race or socioeconomic status.

Sarah Stinson By Sarah Stinson May 12, 2016

Spring into better health: The pantry edition

With spring often comes spring cleaning. You may have a chance to clean your house inside and out. However, what about your pantry? How often do you clean your pantry? If you’re trying to lose weight or adopt a healthy lifestyle, consider these questions.

Amanda Leisenheimer RDLD By Amanda Leisenheimer May 9, 2016