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Iron Deficiency Anemia

By Greg Zacarese Iron deficiency anemia is the most prevalent micronutrient deficiency worldwide. Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, which is a substance in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen. There are two forms of dietary iron, heme (from hemoglobin and myoglobin) and non-heme. Heme iron comes from animal-based food sources such […]

Five Tips for Getting Started with Diabetes Meal Planning

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes and feel lost in your efforts to put together a meal that is satisfying, healthy, and does not send your blood sugar soaring, here are some tips to get you started: Follow a heart healthy diet as heart disease is the number […]

Try adding other herbs/spices to food besides salt

By Greg Zacarese The American Heart Association recommends that a person consume 2300mg or less of sodium per day, and 1500mg per day or less for adults with high blood pressure. Many people add salt to their food for more flavor. However, there are ways to add flavor without adding sodium: Add lemon juice, lime […]

Tips for Families with Children to Foster Healthier Eating and Activity Habits

By Kim Manfried, RD CDN Plan a family walking day(s) each week at a local mall, park, or around the neighborhood. Wear a low cost fitness tracker or free app on phone for older children to track steps. Look for ways around the house to safely increase activity, such as walking or running in place, […]

Diabetes: Keeping Blood Sugar Logs

By Kathy Sinkin, RN, CDE People often ask, “If my glucose meter has a memory that records all my blood sugar values, why should I keep a blood sugar log?” Blood sugar testing and tracking your numbers provide useful information for managing your diabetes. This helps you see changes in your blood sugar levels to […]

Good Carbohydrates vs. Bad Ones

By Greg Zacarese Which Carbohydrates are good? Carbohydrates have a bad reputation. We’ve all heard people say “I’m eliminating carbs” or “Carbs are bad for you.” People might try the ketogenic diet which eliminates most carbs in order to lose weight. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for our bodies, and no other nutrient […]

Little Chefs Big Fun!

By Christina F. Toscano 5 Fun Recipes to Cook WITH your Toddler Cooking with your little one is a great way to bond while establishing healthy eating habits. It can be a fun rainy day activity, a learning experience, and a teaching moment-all in one! Here are some ideas for easy meals you can create […]

The Big FAT Truth: Why fat is an important part of your toddler’s diet.

By Christina F. Toscano When people think of “healthy”, they often think of low-fat or fat-free. But low-fat does not always equal healthy. In fact, healthy fats are an essential part of your diet. Your body can ONLY absorb certain vitamins (A, D, E and K) with the help of the fat you consume. Fat […]

Catch of The Day

By Kim Manfried, RD CDN For those of us who enjoy seafood, there are many choices and ways to prepare it which can be a bit confusing. Here are some tips and benefits for enjoying seafood: Always use a reputable supplier to purchase seafood. Fresh and frozen seafood are both good options. “Sustainability” means that […]

What are Prebiotics and Probiotics and How Can They Improve Your Health?

By Donna Moodie, RD CDN CDE You may have heard health professionals or friends tell you to eat some yogurt when you are taking antibiotics, but you never understood why. As it turns out, yogurt contains some good strains of bacteria called probiotics (example: Lactobacillus acidophilus) that help keep you healthy. They are like the […]

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