10 steps all families can do to prevent childhood obesity

Childhood obesity continues to be a major problem in the United States.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity among preschool-aged children has declined but for children and adolescents aged 2-19 years, the obesity rate persists at about 17% or 12.7 million being affected. Physicians are becoming more proactive in referring this…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 29, 2015

Treat yourself this Halloween with careful candy choices

*WARNING – Proceed with caution when reading this article.  If you must have candy, here’s how to do it without completely undoing your healthy eating habits.* It’s that time of year again of when we go into the annual holiday eating frenzy cycle of where much of the focus is on food.  It all begins…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 28, 2015

Saving cents at the supermarket

Ouch!  Have you felt the “pinch” of rising food prices at the grocery store lately?  Up and down the aisles, prices are soaring for basic staple foods such as meat, milk, eggs, fruits and vegetables. There are many factors driving the high food costs.  At the latter end of 2014 into 2015, 49 million chickens…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 23, 2015

Plant 6 seeds of health into your diet

In case you haven’t noticed, seeds are everywhere and I’m not talking about the kind you buy at a greenhouse.  I’m talking about the kind you buy at the grocery store to feed yourself.  These tiny nutritional superstars come in all shapes, sizes and colors and need to be a part of your daily diet. …

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 21, 2015

Decreasing risk of osteoporosis in men

  Osteoporosis – the brittle bone disease – is often regarded as more of a “woman’s disease.”  We seldom hear of the toll this “silent disease” has on men, yet worldwide, approximately one in five men aged 50 years or older will break a bone due to osteoporosis.  Each year, October 20th is designated as…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 19, 2015

Food Fallacies – separating fact from fiction on Organic Food

Organic food is here to stay and lucky for us it is. Should we all go organic or can you still eat a healthy diet from conventionally grown food? What it boils down to is your own personal decision. What are you looking for – reduced pesticide residue, less antibiotics, and hormones in food, environmental…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 16, 2015

It’s okay to ‘go nuts’ a little each day

If you feel a little nutty some days, go ahead be that way – as in terms of adding them to your diet. In the past, nuts were often considered taboo – not any more. These nutritional standouts have risen to the top of the good-for-you food list ranking up there with fruits and vegetables…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 14, 2015

Banish belly fat for good

Tired of persistent belly fat? By making eating and lifestyle changes, you can make a difference in going from belly fat to belly fit. Here are some ideas to help you get started: · Make fiber-rich foods your best friend · Ease up on alcohol · Resist salty foods · Slash sugary foods · Increase…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 12, 2015

Artificial Sweeteners – sweet deal or not

Artificial sweeteners have been a part of the food supply for a long time. Ever since a Russian chemist discovered saccharin by accident in 1878, the quest for finding an alternative to table sugar has been nonstop. Sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners are substances that can be used to sweeten foods and beverages in place…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 9, 2015

Fall foods’ cornucopia of healthy colors

Autumn is in full swing and is beginning to show off her fall colors in the landscape around us – red, orange and yellow. This is the perfect time of year to look for these same colors in the produce section at the grocery story to reap bountiful health benefits. Foods with these bright colors…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 7, 2015