Jessica Hinds, RD, LMNT

Are You Getting Enough Fiber?


Nutrition, Wellness

First of all why do we even need fiber?  Adequate fiber in the diet is important in normalizing bowel movements and maintaining bowel integrity.  Fiber also can contribute to lowering blood cholesterol and controlling blood sugars.  Fiber also keeps our body feeling fuller longer so we tend to eat less which helps us achieve or maintain a healthy weight. How are we supposed to know how much fiber to have?  It is recommended that women should get at least 21-25 grams per day and men 30-38 grams per day.  Those who are 50 years or younger should aim for the higher end of this range.  Check with your dietitian before consuming a high-fiber diet.  There are some situations where a … Continue reading

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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

From Adolescent to “Adult” – The College Freshman’s Transition


Mental Health

Every new school year offers new challenges for students as they promote into the next grade. There’s excitement and maybe even a little bit of anxiety about the new school year, the new goals and challenges that each student starts to anticipate. Parents do their best to prepare their kids, no matter what the age. But there might be one student category that has a bit more anxiety and needs just a little more support … that would be the college freshman. College freshman have some different challenges that other students may not. Since most college freshmen are typically between the ages of 17 and 19 they have an interesting and possibly difficult situation to navigate. When I think about … Continue reading

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Grant Hewitt

Trans Fats to Disappear from American Foods


Weight Management

“…not generally recognized as safe…for any use in food.” This is what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had to say about the consumption of trans fats less than two years ago.  The FDA has now taken a bold step to act on that assessment by outlawing their use by the food industry.  While it is true that decades past have given dietary fat, in general, a bad reputation which it did not quite deserve, this is not the case with trans fats.  Nutritionists and savvy consumers alike have rightly been concerned about trans fats for years due to its negative health effects.  In fact, unlike most nutrients, there has never been a safe “upper limit” for these fats, because according … Continue reading

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNNT

7 Ways To Make Your Salad Healthy


Nutrition, Wellness

Salad week is the fourth week of July. Summer is in full swing and it’s the perfect time to gather fresh ingredients to create healthy salads. Enjoying a salad is a great way to get a majority of your daily vitamin and mineral needs. They can be a light and refreshing meal to help you beat the summer heat, and can even be prepared in advance to help you eat a healthy meal during your busy summer schedule. Here are some tips to help you utilize the season’s produce to create healthy, delicious and satisfying meals. Keep the protein lean Use grilled, sautéed or broiled meats in your entrée salads. Go for lean cuts, like loins, or use chicken breast … Continue reading

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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

Make the Most of What’s Left of Summer


Mental Health, Wellness

  If Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff of summer, July 4th is sort of the unofficial mid-point of summer. The Fourth of July has come and gone, which makes it feel like summer is flying by.  Hours, days and weeks have been spent swimming, picnicking, grilling and playing (or watching) softball games. I talked with a 14-year-old girl yesterday who told me that her school resumes August 12th. While that sounds early, I know that means teachers have to be back in the classroom at least one, if not two weeks, prior to that. So, how do we take what’s left of summer and make the most of it with our kids and our families? As we all know, work … Continue reading

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