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It’s Time to Unwind—5 Natural Ways to Relax

Posted by Becky Morgan, MHA on Aug 11, 2017 10:50:00 AM

The summer season is often busy and hectic. Vacations, weddings, cookouts, sports games…it can sometimes feel like you’re constantly on the go. Taking the time to slow down and relax will help to prevent you from getting overly stressed, tired, and rundown.

In support of National Relaxation Day on Tuesday August 15, here are five natural ways you can relax.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Fighting Food Guilt

Posted by Karla Guffey, MS, RD, LD, CDE, BC-ADM, CLS on Aug 4, 2017 9:07:00 AM

Have you ever been derailed by cheating on your diet or healthy eating plan?  Have the feelings of guilt overwhelmed you? If so, you are not alone. It’s easy to fall into a love-hate relationship with food. We are constantly inundated with information about food—trends, cures, and risks. So when you do go astray, you may find yourself overcome with guilt. This mindset is often referred to as “food guilt.”  To a certain extent, some food guilt is normal, but when it consumes your thoughts it can lead to disordered eating patterns.  Here are a few techniques to fight food guilt.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Keeping up with your Health Goals While on Vacation

Posted by Dawn Heeke, RD, LD on Jul 28, 2017 11:12:00 AM

You have been eating healthier and exercising regularly the past six weeks. It took a while to get started, but you did and you’re feeling comfortable, in a routine, and reaping the rewards. You feel better than you have in a long time when….BOOM!  It’s time to go on vacation and you are worried about getting off track.  Does this sound familiar?  If so, worry no more and consider these tips for success.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Superfoods for a Super Summer [Infographic]

Posted by Danielle Caron on Jul 21, 2017 9:47:00 AM

Summer weather is officially here and that means it is peak season for many fruit and vegetable superfoods. A superfood is a, “nutrient powerhouse,” meaning they are packed with large amounts of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals that can help improve overall health and well-being when consumed regularly. If you’re wondering which fruit and veggie superfoods to add to your next grocery list, take a look at this [infographic] for some suggestions and the health benefits they provide.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Celebrate the Season—5 Tips to Stay On Track During Cookout Season

Posted by Kayce Boggs on Jul 14, 2017 1:26:00 PM

 

Summer cookouts and picnics are a popular way to enjoy the summer season, but that doesn’t mean that unhealthy temptations need to get in the way of your health goals. Here are a few ways to make your next cookout or picnic healthy and delicious.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

8 Outdoor Exercises to Try this Summer [Infographic]

Posted by Danielle Caron on Jul 7, 2017 10:42:00 AM

The summer months are here and that means it's a great time to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. There are many exercises you can do outdoors that contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle. This summer, ditch your indoor fitness routine and try these refreshing outdoor exercises instead!

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Topics: Health and Wellness

The Five Stages of Change—How to Succeed in Making Lifestyle Changes that Last

Posted by Jennifer Stinson, RD, LDN on Jun 30, 2017 10:24:00 AM

We’ve all tried to make changes in our lives, right? Whether it’s quitting smoking, eating less, exercising more or learning a new skill, chances are you went through these stages of change and may not have even known it!

Check out these five stages of change and learn how to reach success with your goals.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Get Fresh!—Summer is a Great Time to Start Eating More Fresh Produce

Posted by Joi Gleason, RD, LDN, CHWC on Jun 23, 2017 11:46:00 AM

June is national fresh fruit and vegetable month and a great time to start eating more produce. Connecting with local farms, farmers markets or a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm can make getting fresh and seasonal produce easy.  Check out these “fresh” suggestions for purchasing and preparing fresh fruit and vegetables this summer.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Diabetes – The Problem

Posted by Caroline Hoffman, MS, RD, CDE on Jun 15, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Right now there is a national effort to prevent type 2 diabetes. Diabetes in the U.S has been increasing throughout the decades and is expected to continue increasing significantly. 29 million people have type 2 diabetes—that’s 1 out of 11 people.1

Even more concerning is that 86 million U.S adults have prediabetes, and 9 out of 10 of them don’t know they do. It’s clear that this is a big challenge we are facing, and without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15-30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.1

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Topics: About Stroke, Diabetes and CVD, Health and Wellness, Clinical and Science

Four Lifestyle Factors That Can Reduce Your Risk For CVD

Posted by Joi Gleason, RD, LDN, CHWC on May 18, 2017 11:30:00 PM

Eating right and regularly exercising are not the only ways to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. These four lifestyle factors play an essential role as well.

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Clinical and Science