Nutrition

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, DNP, RN, MSN, NP-C

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

Each year starts off the same - with goals and resolutions that we hope to achieve, but that we often fall short of completing. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, individuals should get at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate aerobic activity...
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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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The Benefits of Working with a Health Coach

Submitted by Rita Karapurkar Williams, MA, CHES

Do you ever wonder why it’s difficult to make some health changes you know would be good for you? Well, you’re not alone! In this age of information and technology, many people know what to do to be healthy. There are resources galore – websites, articles, videos, podcasts, lectures, webinars, and...
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Trick or Treat: Surviving the Sweetest Season

With dozens of varieties of Halloween candy lining the shelves this October, avoiding your sweet tooth may prove to be very difficult. While it is still okay to indulge in Halloween treats, you might wish to educate yourself on some of the candies. Be in the know - follow our Halloween Candy Guide...
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Losing Weight is Hard, but Staying Overweight is Also Hard

Submitted by Ellen Converse, Bariatric Surgery Coordinator

Losing weight is hard. But you know what? Staying overweight is also hard. It’s hard on your joints, your heart, and your blood vessels. Excess weight is the primary cause of type 2 diabetes. It is also linked to high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, joint disease, cancer, and...
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