Nutrition

Super Foods of the Sea

Submitted by Mackenzie Bowman, RD, LDN

Ever hear of the phrase “good kind of fat” and wondered what exactly those are? Well I am here to help by talking about one of the best sources of healthy fat to include in your diet – Omega 3 Fatty Acids. While these Omega 3’s can be found in a variety of foods, such as flaxseed, walnuts, and...
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Triglycerides & Your Health

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

Triglycerides are a type of fat that accounts for about 95 per cent of all dietary fats. Both animal and vegetable fats contain triglycerides. Once digested, triglycerides circulate in the bloodstream to be used as energy by our cells. Any excess triglycerides are stored as body fat to fuel the...
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What is the Connection Between Breast Cancer and Bone Health

Submitted by Selvi Lingam, MD

So many great strides have been made in breast cancer research in the past few decades that there are more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today. Although the tragedy of experiencing breast cancer cannot be diminished, the fact is that more than ever before, breast...
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How Salt Affects Our Health

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

The words “salt” and “sodium” are often used interchangeably, but have different definitions. Salt, or sodium chloride, is a crystal-like compound found in nature and is used to preserve and flavor food. Sodium is a chemical element found in salt and is a mineral. Sodium is an essential nutrient...
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A Healthy Grilling Guide

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

Although many individuals grill foods all year long, summertime is typically when we start grilling more often. This favorite cooking method causes us to handle raw meat, poultry, fish, and plant foods. Cross contamination of raw and cooked foods may lead to food borne illnesses. In addition,...
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Part Two: Eating to Reduce Inflammation

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

This is part two in a two-part series examining the link between food and inflammation. Read Part One here. Inflammation can cause a number of health issues – from arthritis to cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. A healthcare provider may recommend a diet that aims to reduce inflammation...
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Part One: The Connection Between Nutrition, Inflammation, & Pain

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

This is part one in a two-part series examining the link between food and inflammation. Read Part Two here. The word inflammation is derived from the Latin root “inflammare,” which means “to flame within.” Inflammation is part of the human body’s immune system defense against injury, infection, or...
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Women and Heart Disease – Take Steps to Decrease Your Risk

Submitted by Lynn Toth, RN, MSN, NP-C

Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus , a best-selling novel several years ago, clearly convinced women that emotionally they differed from men. Unfortunately, despite American Heart Association’s increased awareness campaign for women, 46% of women still don’t know their relationship to heart...
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Understanding the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans & Heart Health

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

The release of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) has generated a lot of interest. The DGA are used to develop federal food, nutrition, and health policies and programs as well as education materials for schools, colleges, businesses, community groups, media, and the food industry...
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Exercise and Set SMART goals to get fit

Submitted by Rita Karapurkar Williams, MA, CHES

The New Year is a time to reflect on the past year, while making resolutions and planning for the upcoming year. The top two New Year’s resolutions are getting fit and losing weight. For both, and simply for overall health and wellbeing, exercise is a key component! According to the U.S. Department...
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