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.

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From The Blog

8 healthy tips for summer dining

It’s summer and the warmer weather tends to influence our dining habits. Whether you are dining out or grilling at home, here are some healthy reminders.

July 26, 2019

What's 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. Try something new to make mealtime more exciting.

July 10, 2019

Water: Essential to your body

Nearly all of your body’s major systems depend on water to function and survive. You’d be surprised about what staying hydrated can do for your body.

June 18, 2019

Keep track of bite, lick and taste calories

A nibble here and a bite there can quickly add up to a 1,000 or more extra daily calories. Read how easily it can happen.

Rhonda Jenson By Rhonda Jenson June 13, 2019

3 steps to control your environment and weight

When you think about managing your weight, eating healthy foods and physical activity come to mind. But have you thought about your eating environments? Tackle them with some addition, subtraction and saying no.

Elizabeth Lindsay By Elizabeth Lindsay May 28, 2019

Stop by a farmers market for fresh, healthy finds

Trying new fruits and vegetables from a local farmers market is one of summer's joys and a good way to eat healthy foods. Try this asparagus recipe to get you started.

May 22, 2019

Don't fall for a fad diet

Hear about a diet plan that seems too good to be true? It probably is. Learn the signs of a fad diet and three key elements in all healthy plans.

May 21, 2019

Do you need to say goodbye to gluten?

Thinking about trying a gluten-free diet? Learn why it's not necessarily a healthy option for everyone.

May 15, 2019

14 common food package claims

You want to eat healthy, but what does “healthy” on a package really mean? How many calories does an item labeled “calorie-free” have? Learn the meanings of common food package claims.

April 18, 2019

1-2-3 approach to eating fruits and vegetables

Is it a challenge for you to eat all five servings of fruits and vegetables every day? Learn how easy it is with this 1-2-3 plan.

Pamela Franz, R.N. By Pamela Franz April 4, 2019

Rethink your drink: Beware of hidden sugar

Sugary drinks are everywhere and, even worse, can be quite tempting. They taste good, and our taste buds have been trained to love them. But they serve no nutritional value and can be detrimental to your health and waistline.

March 20, 2019

Rethink your energy drink: Beware of extreme caffeine

Energy drinks are a great way to get a blast of energy, but are you aware of what that extra caffeine is doing to your body? Maybe it’s time to rethink your caffeine drink.

March 11, 2019