Tim Hron, MA, LIMHP

How to Make Sure Your Kids are Ready For This School Year


Mental Health, Wellness

Hello fellow parents! It’s that time of year again where we begin to prepare our kids to return to school. I can already hear the complaining from my teenagers about having to get up early or how dumb school can be. My favorite complaint is about how awful school lunches can be. All of these concerns are real for kids but don’t take them personally as they are very developmental. It’s natural and expected for kids to not look forward to the school year starting. As a parent we want our kids to enjoy their education however sometimes we have to offer support and encouragement to set them up for success. Support can look like several things: 1.) Go back-to-school … Continue reading

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Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

How to Get the Most out of National Family Meal Month


Nutrition, Wellness

Did you know that August is not only when kids go back to school but also Family Meals Month? With summer coming to a close that means activities, sports and homework are gearing up for a busy fall. Is the following a common scenario for you? Get home from work only to get back in the car and drive your kids to their activities. Of course football practice ran long so you decide to swing through the drive thru. Everyone eats in the car because they have to study and clean up when they get home. I hear situations like this on a daily basis. Fact is, we are so busy we forgot the importance of making time to prepare and … Continue reading

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Kaitlyn Hemmingson, MS, RD, LMNT

Back to the Basics of Eating Right


Nutrition, Wellness

As a dietitian I hear all kinds of misinformation regarding nutrition, most of which stems from a diet-obsessed society that is all too focused on physical appearance and all but backed with evidence-based research. It’s easy to get caught up in that world just as it’s  easy to find oneself using food as entertainment, comfort or a pass-time. Not to mention that America has many “foods” available to us that are very low cost, are not very filling, taste extremely good and that have very little nutritional value; think chips, white bread, candy, soda etc. Unfortunately our misuse of food over the years has derailed our ability to see the true purpose of food, which is to provide nutrients needed to fuel or bodily … Continue reading

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Robin Duhon, RD, LMNT

Not all Milks are Created Equal – Understanding Non-Dairy Milks


Nutrition, Wellness

Whether for personal reasons or due to allergies, millions of people choose to avoid drinking cow’s milk. With all of the options available, it can be difficult to find a dairy alternative that provides the nutrients comparable to those found in cow’s milk. While you can certainly meet all of your nutrient needs without consuming any dairy, most plant based milks are not adequate by themselves. Here are some options, and how they stack up. Soy Milk:  Similar to cow’s milk, soy milk provides about 8 grams of protein per cup and is rich in, or is fortified with, calcium, phosphorous, vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin B-12. Soy milk is also a source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acid, which … Continue reading

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Chelsea Gauer, RD, LMNT

The Part of Our Body We Are Most Self-Conscious About Might be the Most Underrated


Weight Management, Wellness

We’re all obsessed with our guts.  We hate our: big guts, beer guts, gut rolls, bloated guts (shall I continue?). We feel like we’re always working toward: flat bellies, washboard abs, and lean cores.  We are hard on our guts, and usually embarrassed by a lot of its actions (insert “toilet flush” sound effect now).  But, research is telling us that the gut (stomach, small intestine, and colon) has more control over the brain and body than we realized, and that we’re all obsessed for the wrong reasons. The brain and gut are more connected and alike than we might realize: They both have their own nervous systems – Essentially, the gut can function without any oversight from the brain. … Continue reading

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