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What is the Connection Between Breast Cancer and Bone Health

Submitted by Porselvi Chockalingam, 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, May is typically the month we start grilling. 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, according to the...
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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. 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. This diet should...
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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. 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 allergens. When...
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Women and Heart Disease – Make 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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Boost Your Metabolism for Better Health

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

Metabolism is a term used to explain the way the body burns energy or calories. Basal metabolism, or the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), represents all the involuntary activities completed by the human body to sustain life at rest in a fasting state. These activities include respiration, circulation,...
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Red & Processed Meats: Delicious or Dangerous?

Submitted by Jaclyn Hennemuth MS, RD, LDN

If you follow the latest diet and nutrition trends, it was hard to miss the most recent report on red and processed meats from the World Health Organization (WHO). Scary headlines claiming processed meats are as bad as smoking had people dropping their bacon cheeseburger and ordering a salad. While...
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