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Grant Hewitt

Avoiding the Scale is Avoiding Reality

Weight Management

Not long ago I had a heart-to-heart conversation with a friend of mine, we’ll call him “Joe,” who desperately wants to lose weight. He called me to ask for help. After he told me his journey of trying “every diet you can think of,” Joe began to recount how he doesn’t eat “that much” and that he always tries to eat organic. When someone needs to lose 150 lbs. and has been gaining and losing weight their entire life, it’s very discouraging and difficult to know where to even begin. I think he expected me to comment on his current diet habits and give him nutrition advice. However, having consistently worked with individuals and groups who are obese for the … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

The Newest Weight-Loss Drug: Does it Really Work?

Weight Management, Wellness

Last month the FDA approved another drug for weight loss, known as Contrave, made by Orexigen Therapeutics Inc.  Because of the many hopes that are raised when these products are approved, I couldn’t let this pass without a few comments. Contrave, which is actually a combination of two other drugs (one used to treat addictions and the other depression), was first rejected by the FDA in 2011 over concerns of heart attacks and other cardiovascular risks.  It is now approved.  But like any drug, side-effects are to be expected.  In this case a few of the known possible side-effects are: suicidal behavior and ideation, seizures, liver dysfunction, glaucoma, nausea and vomiting.  Now, before you dismiss it entirely, the benefits of … 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

…But She Gained All Her Weight Back!

Weight Management

On, Tuesday October 8, Alegent Creighton Weight Management sponsored a ‘Weight of the Nation’ event for the community where we showed a portion of HBO’s extremely well-done documentary, The Weight of the Nation, which explores the obesity crisis in the US .  Immediately following the screening was an engaging Q&A with four panelists, each chosen for their ability to speak to various aspects of the obesity crisis: 1. Mary Baluff, Division Chief, Community Health and Nutrition Service at Douglas County Health Department 2. Becky Vinton Dorn, Executive Director, WELCOM (Wellness Council of the Midlands) 3. Michael Hovey, M.D., Bariatric Surgeon 4. Jim Phillips, Alegent Creighton Health Weight Management patient (has lost -155 lbs.) During the Q&A there were some probing … Continue reading

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Shana Skillstad

They Made Me a Better Educator

Weight Management

As a health educator for the Weight Management program, I help patients modify their behavior to be healthier. I was blessed to have my own eyes opened to new understandings of my work thanks to four Muslim patients from Saudi Arabia. When they started the weight loss program, I knew I had to build their trust and a relationship with them if they were to succeed. It can be difficult for patients to modify their diets and exercise habits. Breaking barriers and showing patients I care is my first job.  When they know I care, then they care about what I know. Our team discussed how to meet their needs and identified these barriers: language (only one of them spoke … Continue reading

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