Health Topics

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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

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

Tips to keep runners hydrated

The National Academy of Medicine determined that adequate intake for men is roughly 13 cups and women is nine cups per day. For athletes, the thirst mechanism can be an unreliable signal to drink. Your observed thirst may be reduced because you’re focusing so much on the activity in which you’re participating.

Allyn Wergin RDN By Allyn Wergin April 2, 2018

Dinner is on us! Check out this weekly menu

You have a lot to do each week so let us handle one thing on your list: your dinner plan. Here's five healthy, quick recipes your family will love.

March 23, 2018

Grocery store tour: Shopping the perimeter

Most of us grocery shop in the center aisles, when we really should mainly be shopping in the outside perimeters. This is where you’ll find the freshest foods, including produce, meat and dairy.

March 22, 2018

Grocery store tour: Shopping the dry goods

Even though shopping the perimeter of the grocery store is the best place to get nutritious foods, sometimes you need cereal, canned foods or peanut butter. Know what to look for on the packages before you put those items in your cart.

March 9, 2018