Jacque Thiele RD, LMNT

Anti-Obesity Public Service Announcement or Scare Tactic? You decide.


Weight Management, Wellness

You may have seen a new anti-obesity video floating around the media these days. It is described as a Public Service Announcement (PSA) and it is getting all kinds of positive and negative feedback. The video starts with a man having a heart attack and being wheeled into an emergency department. The man is 5’9” and weighs 300 pounds. The video then goes to flashbacks of the man’s life starting with adulthood and venturing back into his childhood. The flashbacks start with doctor’s recommendations to make changes to prevent diabetes, ordering fast food and drinking soda, using a treadmill for storage rather than exercise, playing video games, sitting on bench at recess, being rewarded for good behaviors with candy, being … Continue reading

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Chelsea Gauer, RD, LMNT

4 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthfully


Nutrition, Parenting, Pediatrics, Weight Management, Wellness

We’ve been hearing it for over a decade now: Our kids are getting heavier. One in three of our youngsters are overweight or obese. Prevalence of childhood obesity has tripled since the 1970’s, and is now America’s number one health concern for parents, even over drug and alcohol use. But these are things we already know. The more interesting topic is: What are we doing about it? As a country? A community? As parents? The government is trying its best by changing the school lunch guidelines, which will continue to slowly change until 2022. However, some might argue not slowly enough. Though the initial hype has gone down, kids are still retaliating and complaining of the severe changes made in … Continue reading

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Linda Wilhelm RD, CDE, LMNT

Giving Up Gluten to Lose Weight? Think Again!


Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness

Eating a gluten free diet isn’t necessarily harmful for people who don’t need the medically required diet – but how healthy is this lifestyle? Will it provide adequate sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber? Can it overload one with refined carbohydrates and fat? Will it put one at risk for obesity, diabetes or heart disease? People following a gluten free diet often consume less than the recommended amounts of folate, B-vitamins, iron, calcium, fiber and grain servings. A 2002 study showed that a strict adherence to a gluten free diet for 8-12 years resulted in a higher total plasma homocysteine level than the general population, indicating poor vitamin status (especially folate, B6 and B12). Elevated cholesterol is also prevalent in individuals following the gluten free lifestyle. Unfortunately … 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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Jacque Thiele RD, LMNT

The Not-So-Sweet Side of Sugary Drinks


Weight Management, Wellness

There are fingers pointing every which way when it comes to the cause of obesity. There is new technology which allows us to do more without getting out of our seats, the high fructose corn syrup found in all sorts of food items, and fast food industry which spends unbelievable amounts of time and money on advertising their foods and building locations at every corner: all topics which have received some sort of criticism for the obesity epidemic. One of the latest concerns is the amount of calories we consume from sugary beverages. Whether it’s the giant soda we grab at the gas station, the juice that usually comes with the statement “it comes from fruit so it must be … Continue reading

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