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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02/26/2018
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02/28/2018
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The Mayo Clinic Diet Program

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03/06/2018
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The Mayo Clinic Diet Program

Fitness & Weight Management

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4:45 p.m.
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07/11/2018
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The Mayo Clinic Diet Program

Fitness & Weight Management

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09/04/2018
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From The Blog

Food intolerance or food allergy?

Food intolerances are very common. In fact, many people often confuse food intolerance with food allergies. However, they are different. Learn how to distinguish between the two.

Victoria Louwagie PAC By Victoria Louwagie February 13, 2018

Embrace a healthy mindset for eating — no matter the occasion

Holidays can be particularly difficult, but adopting a healthy eating mindset is important throughout the entire year. Read on for tips on how to improve your approach to balanced, mindful nutrition.

Lisa Hardesty PhDLP By Lisa Hardesty January 30, 2018

Make a super bowl (of chili) for your football party

Football’s championship game is about more than what’s happening on the field. There are the commercials, the half-time show and the food. Score major points by bringing this hearty, healthy chili to your football party.

January 22, 2018

The not-so-sweet truth about added sugar

You have yogurt and cereal for breakfast, a salad for lunch and make a stir fry for dinner. You haven’t had a sweet all day. Or so you think. But chances are you’ve consumed countless grams of added sugar, which is hiding in many foods.

January 18, 2018

Tips for drinking more water

Upping your water intake may seem easy. Yet many of us aren’t coming close to getting enough water: 2.7 liters per day for women, and 3.7 liters for men. Get tips for upping your water game.

January 18, 2018

Supplements: What you need to know

You’ve been hit hard by your first cold of the season and stop by the store for supplies. Herbal supplements sound like healthy, natural choices for treating colds and addressing a host of other health concerns. But that’s not necessarily true.

January 18, 2018

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