Alegent Creighton Health

Are My Symptoms Ebola or is it the Flu?


Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan, from CHI Health Alegent Creighton Clinic Infectious Diseases explains the symptoms of Ebola vs. the symptoms of Cold and Flu.

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Susan Wright RD, LMNT

Reducing Your Sodium Intake

Nutrition, Wellness

High sodium diets are linked to high blood pressure, a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. Up to 75% of the sodium that Americans consume is found in processed foods, such as, tomato sauce, soups, condiments, canned foods and prepared mixes. Only 6% of salt in our diet comes from adding it at the table. On average Americans consume more than 3400mg of sodium per day, which is over 1 1/3 teaspoons of salt. So why are we consuming so much? The sodium intake has risen steadily since the 1970s by more than 1000mg per day to present day. This has health officials concerned since the guidelines for health Americans is 1500mg sodium per day. So what can we do as consumers to cut … Continue reading

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNNT

Three 1-Pot Wonders

Nutrition, Wellness

With the fall season comes chilly weather, warm clothes and early nightfall. Don’t let the lack of sunshine keep you from making healthy and delicious meals. Whether you like to play catch with the kids, walk the dog or enjoy a simple walk after dinner, you do not have to give up these activities to make a family dinner. Try these one pot wonders, and you will be able to enjoy time outside before dark, and your dinner will be ready when you are! Hearty Bean and Quinoa Soup Ingredients: 1 tbsp vegetable oil ½ onion, chopped 2 celery stalks, diced 2 carrots, diced 1 garlic clove, minced 3 cups vegetable broth 3 cups water ¾ cup dry quinoa 1 … Continue reading

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Jacque Thiele RD, LMNT

Head Hunger vs. True Hunger

Weight Management, Wellness

Head hunger vs. true hunger. It is a constant battle most of us face on a daily basis. Head hunger is that urge to eat when the physical hunger isn’t there. Maybe your mind wanders as you head home, passing what feels like every food joint in town. The sights of the fast food neon lights, the smells of the foods as your pass; you must be hungry or you wouldn’t be so tempted, right? Is it true physical hunger, or head hunger? What if you didn’t have those food options along your commute? Would you still feel “hungry”? When was the last time you had something to eat? Would anything satisfy that “hunger”, or are you craving that specific … Continue reading

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Peg Quinlan RD, LMNT

Are You at a Healthy Body Weight?—Understanding BMI

Nutrition, Wellness

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is calculated from your height and weight. BMI is a useful measure of overweight status and obesity; it is an estimate of body fat and a good gauge of your risk for diseases that can occur with more body fat. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for certain disease such as: Heart disease High blood pressure Type 2 diabetes Gallstones Breathing problems Certain cancers The Centers for Disease Control The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses BMI to define terms like overweight and obese. Use the BMI tables to estimate your body fat. The BMI score means the following: Although BMI can be used for most men and women, it does have some limits: … Continue reading

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