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

Fitness & Weight Management

Mankato, MN
12-1 p.m.

Why Diets Don't Work

Community Education

La Crosse, WI
Noon (25 min.)

What's the Deal with Detox Diets?

Fitness & Weight Management

La Crosse, WI
Noon (25 min.)

Fuel Your Performance

Fitness & Weight Management

La Crosse, WI
Noon (25 min.)

The Scoop on Supplements

Community Education

La Crosse, WI
Noon (25 min.)

The Mayo Clinic Diet Program

Fitness & Weight Management

Onalaska, WI
4:45 p.m.

The Mayo Clinic Diet Program

Fitness & Weight Management

La Crosse, WI
4:45 p.m.

The Mayo Clinic Diet Program

Fitness & Weight Management

La Crosse, WI
3:45 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

How nutrients impact physical performance

Many physiological and nutritional demands occur within the body during exercise. The human body requires a continuous supply of energy to perform its many functions. As energy demands increase with exercise, additional energy must be supplied or the exercise will end.

November 7, 2017

Tips for cooking for one or two

Cooking for one or two doesn’t mean you have to let your health go by the wayside and resort to meals of cold cereal, grilled cheese and canned soup, or microwave meals. With some helpful tips, you can be cooking healthy and efficiently for a smaller household in no time.

Kristi Wempen RDN By Kristi Wempen October 17, 2017

Extend vegetable season with squash and zucchini

Squash and zucchini extend the summer vegetable season and are available in your garden or local farmers market through October.

October 6, 2017

Little changes, big results: After managing his diabetes, Colin Minehart wants to help others

Colin Minehart, a 61-year-old resident of Albert Lea, Minnesota, was determined to improve his health. He listened to what his doctors told him. But, for some reason, he found it hard to follow their advice.

October 4, 2017

Convenience stores have the opportunity to offer healthier options

I used to think of convenience stores as anything but healthy, with 32-ounce sodas and rolling hot dogs and day-old donuts. However, changes may be coming. Due to the convenience and accessibility of these stores, there's a large opportunity to change the way Americans eat.

September 26, 2017

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.

May 31, 2017