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
09/27/2017
12-1 p.m.

Fairmont Community Fitness Challenge

Fitness & Weight Management

Fairmont, MN
10/02/2017

New Prague Community Fitness Challenge

Fitness & Weight Management

New Prague, MN
10/02/2017

Nutrition at Noon Series

Community Education

La Crosse, WI
10/03/2017
Noon to 12:25 p.m.

Speaking of Health at VINE

Community Education

Mankato, MN
10/18/2017
11 a.m.-12 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

From The Blog

Grocery store tour: Shopping the produce aisle

Eating five a day can get boring if you just buy the same old fruits and veggies. Learn how to get some variety at your next grocery store trip.

September 20, 2017

Grocery store tour: Selecting meat and dairy

Are you a meat and dairy fan? Learn best options for a healthy diet.

September 13, 2017

4 summer food safety tips

Foodborne illness peaks in the summer, and more people are cooking outside without the safety controls of a kitchen. Four simple steps can help you avoid getting sick.

Katy Anthony MSPAS PAC By Katy Anthony July 26, 2017

Record keeping can help you lose weight — and keep it off

Does it seem like you are eating all the right foods, exercising and your weight still isn’t going down? If you’re not keeping track of what you’re eating and what you’re doing for exercise, you need to start.

Shirley Shelley, R.D. By Shirley Shelley July 24, 2017

Check ‘em out: Summer veggie challenge for your whole family

It’s easy to get into a rut with the foods we eat. Challenge your family to discover new vegetables.

July 20, 2017

Maximize memory function with a nutrient-rich diet

What is the best recipe for maximizing memory? Research suggests following an eating plan that provides a healthier selection of dietary fats and an array of plant foods rich in phytonutrients. There still is a lot to learn about what makes a brain-healthy diet.

June 21, 2017

Get more veggies with a spiralizer

Using a spiralizer is not only a great way to cut down or control carb intake, but it also is great for getting more of those nutrient-rich vegetables needed in your diet.

Arlene Hrdlicka, R.N. By Arlene Hrdlicka May 31, 2017

Looking to try something new? Start with what you eat

Are you finding yourself stuck in the same old eating patterns? One of the best ways to spice up your daily meals is to try something new that will benefit your health today.

Kristi Wempen RDN By Kristi Wempen May 30, 2017

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