Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

Meal Making Basics

Weight Management

I get asked almost daily, can you make me a meal plan to follow? This is a hard question to answer as each of us has our own set of taste preferences, budgets and schedules. In general, most of us know the types of food we should be eating. Yes, fruits and vegetables are wonderful for us and sweets should be limited. Another tip is to make half your plate fruits and vegetables, with the other half protein and grains. Yet most of us still struggle to compile a balanced and healthful meal. With some planning, you can make a properly portioned (and tasty) meal in no time! Meal Making Basics: Choose one from each column Protein Non-starchy Vegetable Grain … Continue reading

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Leah James, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Benefits of Breastfeeding Program Extend Beyond Babies and Moms

Community Benefit

You may know that breastfeeding is best for the health of baby and mom. But did you know breastfeeding also reduces health care costs, decreases absenteeism and increases workplace productivity and morale for moms and dads? It’s even better for the environment. According to data from Lincoln’s two maternity care hospitals, 91% of moms intend to breastfeed. By receiving consistent breastfeeding information and by having access to appropriate breastfeeding management when issues arise, moms are able to meet their breastfeeding goals and feel a sense of accomplishment and empowerment in the process. Every day we work with breastfeeding moms — some first-time parents, some knowing they want to breastfed, others undecided. A story that captures the reason why I love this … Continue reading

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Mary Cate Eklund, RD, LDN, LMNT

What can color do for you?

Weight Management

Spring has sprung! We can start to move on from gloomy winter weather and look forward to more color. Spring is the perfect time to take a look at the color on your plate as well. Adding more pigment to your plate increases the variety of foods you eat and the nutrients your body receives, including phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are a group of naturally occurring compounds found in plant based foods that can provide positive health benefits. One of the most common names for phytonutrients are antioxidants. These compounds can provide protection against cancer and support many of our body’s functions. Here are some of the common phytonutrients we find in colorful fruits and vegetables: LYCOPENE- You will find lycopene in … Continue reading

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Megan King, MS, RD, LD

Healthier Habits: Cooking Class Teaches Community How to Prepare Nutritious Meals

Nutrition, Recipes

A nutritious diet can boost health in amazing ways. You might lower your weight, blood pressure and risk of diabetes, for starters. But what if healthy ingredients and cooking techniques are foreign to you? Good nutrition shouldn’t be complicated or stressful. CHI Mercy Corning has been offering free monthly health-focused cooking classes at our wellness center since the spring of 2014. During each class, we make nutritious meals and snacks and sample them together. The recipes emphasize foods that are largely under-consumed, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins as well as vegetarian options. Participants are sent home with recipes that include nutrition calculations. They also periodically receive free samples and incentives such … Continue reading

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Robyn Teply, PharmD, BCACP, MBA

This Test Could Save Your Life – The Deadly Disease Baby Boomers are 5 Times More Likely to Have


Baby boomers, this question is for you: Could you be walking around unaware that you have a silent, deadly disease? The answer is yes for three out of four people with hepatitis C. They have the disease but have not experienced symptoms or been tested. Boomers in particular need to be aware because an estimated 75 percent of those with hepatitis C were born between 1945 and 1965. National prevalence data show that people born during this 20-year span are five times more likely than other adults to be infected with the hepatitis C virus. For that reason, one lifetime hepatitis C screening is resoundingly recommended for everyone born during that time frame, regardless of risk factors. It’s a simple … Continue reading

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