Jean Larsen RD, LMNT

Your Fruit Rulebook


Nutrition, Wellness

Necessary nutrients found in fruit: 1. Getting fiber is a reason to eat whole fruit, including the peel to improve digestion; eating edible peels can help improve cholesterol levels. Fiber-rich fruits include: apples, Asian pears, blackberries, pears, pomegranates and raspberries. 2. Nutrients found in fruits include folate, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and K. Many of these are under-consumed by Americans in general, and by specific at-risk groups. Fruits that are high in vitamin C include papaya, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, watermelon, blackberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes and oranges. Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Fruits high in potassium include bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, orange juice, dried apricots … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

Is the BMI Chart Actually Accurate?


Weight Management, Wellness

One of the first pieces of literature a patient receives when walking into our Weight Management department is a BMI (body mass index) chart.  Over the years I have observed hundreds of patients and their facial expressions while they locate their own BMI number.  Once the patient realizes just what the chart is saying, those facial expressions usually morph to some blend of curiosity, frustration, and a where-did-they-get-this-bogus-information grimace.  Not long ago I had an overweight gentlemen look up at me from his BMI chart which he had just received, and in an agitated tone said, “this says I’m extremely obese” – I think he wanted me to tell him that he was fine and the chart was wrong…  Either … Continue reading

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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

Signs Someone Could be Suicidal


Mental Health

Monday night, on my way home from work, I heard the news about Robin Williams. I heard that a very famous, very funny, very bright person had died of suicide. He was only 63 years old, had a family, and countless fans across the world. The following morning’s news was filled with speculation and commentary regarding different things that he might have been going through. One thing I heard from several news outlets is that he was reportedly suffering with an increase in depression. I don’t know a lot about Robin Williams, but through the years I’d heard he struggled with addictions and depression; I also heard that he been treated for both, but something shifted for him and he … Continue reading

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Alexis Peak, MA, LIMHP

Transitioning to College: Tips for Parents


Mental Health

Use these tips from mental health therapist, Alexis Peak for easing the transition into college for both you and your child.

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Alegent Creighton Health Food and Nutrition Services

DIY Food Preservation


Nutrition, Wellness

You’ve been to the farmer’s market and brought home a trunk full of produce. Your neighbor has given you a sack of fresh tomatoes from his garden. Zucchini mysteriously appears on your doorstep one morning. You’re not sure what to do with all of this produce. Have you thought about home preservation? Home preservation, in some form, has been around since the beginning of civilization. Preserving fresh produce at the peak of flavor and freshness also helps preserve its nutritional value without all of the additives and extra preservatives found in most commercially processed foods. The most common methods of home food preservation are canning, freezing, and dehydration. What method you chose to use will depend on your preferences and what foods you want to preserve. … Continue reading

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