Kaitlyn Hemmingson, MS, RD, LMNT

5 Keys to Successfully Eating Healthy

Weight Management, Wellness

Have you ever wondered what you can do to minimize your waistline? It all starts at the grocery store. In order to eat healthy, we need to start buying the right foods and prepare it for success. Here are some tips to help you plan accordingly: Try the Rule of 2: Rotate through 2 breakfasts/2 lunches and 2 suppers per week (keeps grocery shopping easy and meal planning shorter) Do a Cart check: is half of your cart produce? ½ protein? ¼ carbohydrates? Organize a Fridge re-do: don’t put uncut unprepared veggies in the bottom drawer to rot, instead cut them right away or buy the pre-cut and put them at eye level in your fridge, put your less healthy … Continue reading

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Chelsea Gauer, RD, LMNT

Food Fraud: It Might Happen More Often Than You Think

Nutrition, Weight Management, Wellness

Think the Italian Mafia has no hold on you?  Think again. “Food Fraud” is a term starting to make a name for itself in the households of Americans.  The term is specifically defined as “the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering, or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients, or food packaging; or false or misleading statements made about a product, for economic gain.” To put it simply, certain mainstream products in your grocery store might not actually contain ingredients stated on their food label.  In many cases, criminals or illegal organizations are responsible. While this is a new public concern for the US, the food tampering business has some serious roots. In 1906, the United States government passed the “The U.S. Pure Food and Drug … Continue reading

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Erica Jackson, MS, RD, LMNT, CNSC

How To Have a Healthy Tailgate


The weather is cooling down, the leaves are starting to change, and school has started up again. All of those things are signs of fall, but also something much more exciting: Football season! Football means a lot of things: long-time rivalries, thousands of people in their team colors, and tailgating to name a few. Unfortunately, this time of year usually means weight gain for many of us. It doesn’t take much to gain 5, 10, even 20 pounds over the next few months. How do we enjoy tailgating and football parties without packing on the pounds? Healthy tailgating is more than just staying away from the food table altogether. There are all kinds of options as long as you plan … Continue reading

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Tanya Wagner

Tricks for Treats

Nutrition, Wellness

I love fall. The beauty of the changing leaves, the comfortable weather and the anticipation of the holiday season. My kids start early trying to decide on the perfect Halloween costume, and we look forward to the family outings to pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate. What I dislike is this is also the time of year where the candy bowl begins to overflow. From now until Easter each month seems to bring a new event to add to the sweet treats. Although many people are now offering non-food ‘treats’ to the little goblins, most kids come back from a night of trick-or-treat with enough candy to last them the entire year. How do you balance celebrating the holiday while … Continue reading

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CHI Health

5 Things You Need to Know About Walking


We’ve all heard that walking is good for our health.  Here are five things you’ll want to consider before going on your next walk. 1. Is walking better on your joints than running? If you consider just the impact alone, then over the long haul walking is less stressful on the joints. Whether you choose to walk, run, or combine the two, the benefits outweigh the potential harm you may or may not do to your joints. 2. Are those toe shoes all they’re cracked up to be? There isn’t a lot of research in regard to toe shoes. There are many factors to consider such as how much training are you doing in these shoes, what kind of surface … Continue reading

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