CHI Health

5 Things You Need to Know About Walking


Wellness

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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Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

The Importance of Breakfast


Nutrition, Wellness

Does September make you think of football, fall and pumpkins? Or does it make you think about breakfast? September is national breakfast month, and no, a pumpkin spiced latte doesn’t count as breakfast. Breakfast helps with brain function, attention span, concentration and memory according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. One major barrier to getting breakfast is time. Most of us are going to work, getting kids to school or rushing to an early exercise class. So how can we get the benefits of exercise in minimal time? One way most people find success with breakfast is planning ahead. Meal prep: Batch-make whole grain waffles or pancakes. I make 50-60 at a time and freeze them. When breakfast comes, … Continue reading

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Kaitlyn Hemmingson, MS, RD, LMNT

The Carbohydrate Confusion


Cardiology, Wellness

Carbs have gotten a really bad reputation in recent years. Everywhere you turn there is a new low-carb diet promising amazing results. Although low carbohydrate diets can be helpful for weight loss, carbohydrates from natural sources are actually GOOD for you and can be helpful for long term weight management. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, low fat dairy products and beans are carbohydrate-rich foods that also contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals that have been shown to reduce inflammation, fight disease, improve gut health and aid in weight loss. The other “not-so-healthy” carbs coming from sugary beverages, candy, fast food, desserts, chips, crackers and highly processed grains (think white bread/buns, white rice/pasta) are often overeaten, which can lead … Continue reading

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Erica Jackson, MS, RD, LMNT, CNSC

The Truth About Detox Diets


Nutrition, Wellness

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past thirty years, you’ve probably heard of the term “Detox Diet.” Infomercials and  celebrities alike tout such benefits as weight loss, increased energy, improved cognition, and the ability to “reset” your metabolism. There are several cleanses on the market, lasting anywhere from one day to several weeks. One popular cleanse has you consuming nothing but laxative tea and a mixture of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water for 10 days. You couldn’t pay me enough to drink that! If you have even a basic understanding of your body’s physiology, the concept of the detox diet simply doesn’t make sense. What does detox mean? In the traditional sense, detoxification refers … Continue reading

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Jim Kleveter, MS, LIMHP, NCC

How To Keep Your Cool At A Sports Game


Mental Health, Wellness

It is that time of the year when the thermometer begins to drop to produce a nip in the air and the fall season is upon us. The kids are back to school and are struggling to adjust their sleep hours from summer to school time. A few things that I look forward to this up and coming fall season are chilly morning runs, the smell of cold air, the changing of the leaves, patio fireplace get-togethers, and football season. Especially here in Nebraska, the Cornhuskers are on center stage every weekend. This means going to Memorial Stadium to attend the game(s) or having the gang over to the house to watch the Huskers vie for a victory. This is also … Continue reading

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