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Tests You Should Have if You Have Diabetes*

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE If you have diabetes, you know how much stress it can cause in day-to-day living. You need to take your medications, eat carefully, test your blood sugar, make time for physical activity, and both schedule and keep doctor appointments. In addition to managing your own care, there are specific tests […]

Serving Size versus Portion Size…..Is There a Difference?

By Kim Mendel, RD CDN These two terms are often used interchangeably, but they are different and should be treated as such. Learning the difference between these terms can help us to eat more healthfully, as many of us struggle with weight management and diabetes. Portion size is the amount of food we decide to […]

Heart Health

By Amy O’Shea February is National Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is still the leading cause of death in America, accounting for one in four deaths each year. The CDC also reports the shocking news that about half of the American population has at least one of three […]

Cooking With Farro (Part two of a three part series on cooking with whole grains)

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE Farro is a whole grain, a type of wheat often used in Italian and Mediterranean cuisines. Wheat berries (from common wheat) are a similar whole grain and can be used interchangeably with farro in recipes Farro has a delicious nutty and chewy texture, and can be used in many […]

Diabetes- Friendly Holiday Recipes

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE With the holidays almost here, we need to ask ourselves how to eat healthfully during this festive season. Diabetes Forecast magazine has a section devoted to healthy celebration cooking, with 12 recipes for entrees and sides. Check out this website: and then type into the search engine: 12 Diabetes […]

The Power of the Pedometer

By Kim Mendel, RD CDN With the recent surge in popularity of fitness trackers, it has never been easier to track your steps. Just simply downloading a free app on your cell phone may be all you need to get you walking more. There are many positive reasons for tracking your steps. Some organizations and […]

Support Quality Diabetes Education

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE Please help us support Certified Diabetes Educators. We would like to reach more people who have diabetes and help them to learn how to manage this chronic disease. Diabetes is at epidemic proportions and is the seventh leading cause of death. Certified Diabetes Educators are credentialed and are uniquely […]

Sugar Guidelines, What is too much?

By Kim Mendel, RD CDN Most of us know that excess sugar, especially refined white sugar found in cookies, candy, pasta, sweetened cereals, and soda, is not a healthy choice. Risks to our health, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity, are associated with excess sugar intake. Until earlier this year, there was no RDA […]

Turkey and Veggie Chili

Shared By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE Even though it’s summer, this chili makes a great one-pot meal. The beans provide healthy carbs, the turkey provides lean protein, and the carrots, zucchini, onion and tomatoes supply the veggies. Quick, easy and serves 8 for $10! Prep Time: 10 minutes     Cook Time: 30 minutes Nutrition Facts […]

Chia Seeds

By Kim Mendel, RD CDN This tiny seed is a new buzz word, but it’s worth looking into….….here’s why: Chia seeds, which are grown mainly in South America and are related to the mint family of plants, are packed with fiber, protein, essential omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, […]

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