Lauren Schreffler, APRN

Is It a Stomach Flu or Influenza?


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I get a lot of questions about the difference between the different kinds of “flu.” Sometimes people mistake symptoms of stomach flu for the viral infection we commonly call “the flu,” but they’re not the same. They are caused by different viruses and have different treatments. The easiest way to tell the difference is by the symptoms: Stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis)               Stomach cramps Nausea Vomiting Diarrhea Headache Muscle aches Low-grade fever Influenza (“the flu”) Fever (usually >100.4°F) Cough Body aches Nasal congestion Sore throat Headache What is the stomach flu? The stomach flu is an infection that happens when a person’s stomach and intestines (also called the gastrointestinal or GI tract) get infected with a virus. Both adults and … Continue reading

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Julie Cobos, MS, CPT, RTY 200

Eat This: Food Tips for Beginning Walkers


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Everyone’s workout is different, so nutritional needs vary from person to person. For those starting a walking program, no special diet is generally required. But there are some important factors to keep in mind to ensure proper nutrition for your workout: 1. Aim for a balance of proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats. -Carbohydrates provide energy. -Protein aids in the repair of muscle. -Healthy fats help maintain cell structure and support organ health. Balancing these nutrients in meals (examples below) provides a strong foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Breakfast: 1 piece of whole grain toast 1 tablespoon of peanut butter ½ banana Lunch or dinner: 3 oz grilled chicken ½ cup whole wheat angel hair pasta ¼ cup marina sauce 2 … Continue reading

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Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

3 Kitchen Staples. 9 Healthy Meals.


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Batch cooking and meal prep are great ways to save time and money. Ever find yourself picking up dinner on your way home because nothing is thawed or ready to go? Me too. Wouldn’t it be great to come home from work and have dinner 75% ready? Choose one day each week to dedicate to meal prep – peel, dice, grill, bake, cool and portion your way to stress free meals. Benefits of planning and prepping ahead can include: cost effectiveness, portion control, time savings and healthier choices. I love to meal prep for many reasons but have found it allows me to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with my family. Chicken, brown rice and vegetables … Continue reading

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Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

Make Time for Healthy Eating: Tips for Success


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Healthy eating should be attainable and enjoyable. However, just like the floor doesn’t vacuum itself, healthy food doesn’t just appear on your table. Check out these short cuts and planning tips that keep you on track and out of the drive through lane. Keep a stocked pantry. Set yourself up for success and keep healthy foods readily available. 1. Keep a variety of fresh, canned and frozen fruit at home. Smoothies, desserts, snacks, lunches – the possibilities are endless. 2. Check the sales. Buying for a family can be pricey, so plan meals around what sales are available that week. 3. Consider buying in bulk. Wholesale clubs and local stores are offering larger quantities, which decreases shopping trips and maximizes … Continue reading

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Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT

5 Ways to Exercise Outside Smarter…Not Harder


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If you are anything like me, the warmer weather has you wanting to get outside! Why not get the best of both worlds, soak up some vitamin D while getting in your daily workout? Long walks on a Sunday afternoon are amazing, but thinking creatively and implementing these tactics can upgrade your fitness routine. These are my go-to tips for success:  Find a partner: Spouse, friend, child and dog – all make awesome workout partners. They will keep you going. Vary your location: Add diversity to your trek by utilizing parks, lakes and trails to add diversity to your trek. Try new tools: Bands, dumbbells and TRX trainers are all portable forms of equipment to take along with you. Be creative: … Continue reading

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