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Get your vitamin D checked!

By Greg Zacarese Having low levels of vitamin D is very common, especially during the winter months. Vitamin D in the body comes from food consumed, and is made in the skin through synthesis. We need Vitamin D to maintain bone health and for calcium homeostasis. New areas of research suggest that Vitamin D can […]

Fiber Consumption and its Benefits

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN “Dietary fiber is a material from plant cells that cannot be broken down by enzymes in the human digestive tract.1“There are two types of fiber, soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers absorb water during digestion, while insoluble fibers remain unchanged during digestion. Soluble fibers include “fruits, vegetables, legumes, […]

Greek Yogurt

By Rachel MacKinnon Greek yogurt is one of those foods that bring joy to the gut and our health. Nutritionally, it contains more protein and less sodium and carbohydrates than regular yogurt. Aside from the nutritional benefits, it also is a great probiotic for gut health, boosting the immune system. Selecting Greek yogurts can be […]

Teens and Vaping

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. E-cigarettes came on the market about ten years ago. They were originally marketed as a way for adults to quit smoking regular cigarettes. However, one effect was that these e-cigarettes (vapes) became very attractive to teenagers. Some vapes are fruit flavored, with ads and social media directly targeting teens. The […]

Pets Can Provide Many Benefits for Young Children

By Dinah Torres Castro Having a pet to play with, talk to, and touch can be a great benefit for young children, especially shy ones. Pets give unconditional love, and because they are non-judgmental pets can help a child who is lonely, shy, or emotionally distressed. Pets can make your children feel like they have […]

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 […]

Is Play the Answer?

By Kerri Kreh Reda, M.P.H. Play is an essential component of a happy, healthy, and well-developed child. There is much concern these days about the social and emotional health of our children as they have greater rates of depression, stress, and anxiety. We hear all too often about school shootings, bullying, and addiction. There seems […]

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, […]

The Importance of Staying Hydrated

By Greg Zacarese Our body needs water to survive. All of the cells, tissues, and organs in our bodies need water to function properly. We need water to maintain our body temperature, remove waste, and lubricate our joints. Because our body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it is important that we drink water […]

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