Health Topics

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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

Fuel for your mind

When you pay attention to what you are eating and how you eat, it can not only improve your health, but also your mind.

November 15, 2018

Not just for the fair: Lunch on a stick

Back-to-school time means parents back to packing school lunches. This year, take your inspiration from the fairground, and try layering foods on a wooden skewer.

September 20, 2018

Melons pack a nutritional punch

People have their favorites when it comes to melon, and each variety of melon contains some great nutritional properties. Let’s focus on melons people are most familiar with: cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon.

Linda Carruthers RDN By Linda Carruthers August 28, 2018

Cash in on the health benefits of corn

Many of us have great summer memories surrounding sweet corn. In the Midwest, when sweet corn is ready, our meals take on a different look as ears of corn make their way to our plates. But there’s more to corn than just the version on the cob.

Linda Carruthers RDN By Linda Carruthers August 14, 2018

Why take vitamin and mineral supplements?

While dietitians recommend most vitamins and minerals be obtained through food sources, this isn’t always possible. For example, if you don’t consume enough fruits, vegetables or other healthy foods, a multivitamin may be helpful.

July 3, 2018

Calorie counts: New menu labeling rule in effect

Having trouble figuring out which menu item is the healthiest option? Learn how new menu labeling rule can help.

Shirley Shelley, R.D. By Shirley Shelley June 13, 2018

The wonders of watermelon

Watermelon is a staple at many summertime picnics and gatherings around the country. While most people agree watermelon tastes good, a majority are unaware of the many health benefits this wonderful fruit contains.

Kristi Wempen RDN By Kristi Wempen June 12, 2018

Fueling strategies for distance runners

Distance running — a 10k, half marathon or full marathon — all are high-calorie-burning endurance events that require a solid nutrition plan. Depending on your body weight, the duration of the run and the intensity of your training schedule, you’ll need to adjust your nutrition plan or fuel accordingly

Allyn Wergin RDN By Allyn Wergin June 5, 2018

Fill your tank with an easy, healthy breakfast

Some days feel like a sprint; others, a marathon. Here’s an easy breakfast recipe to fuel your day.

June 4, 2018

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 this summer.

May 29, 2018

The many types and health benefits of kale

Kale is not a new vegetable, but you may have just started hearing more about it. It’s popular in northern Europe and now throughout the U.S. During the Middle Ages, kale was planted and used to feed humans and livestock.

Linda Carruthers RDN By Linda Carruthers May 29, 2018

An introduction to probiotics

As a nutritionist, I often answer questions from patients looking to know more about probiotics and their publicized health benefits. While medical science works to further understand the role the human microbiome plays in our daily health, there are a few questions we can shed some light on to help you gain a better understanding of probiotics.

Allyn Wergin RDN By Allyn Wergin May 15, 2018