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Small weight loss leads to big health gains

Rates of obesity in the U.S. show little sign of slowing down.  In 2017 and 2018, more than four in 10 American adults, or 42.4% had obesity and over 9% had severe obesity according to a report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. In 10 years, a 2019 study in the New England…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Mar 2, 2020

First-rate foods protecting liver health

One of the most fascinating organs in your body is your liver. But do you know how healthy it is? That’s a tough question to answer yet all of us would be wise to protect and preserve this vital organ. Next to your skin, the liver is the second largest organ in your body. Weighing…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 17, 2020

Prioritizing the 3 pillars of wellness

Look up the definition of ‘wellness’ and there’s plenty to choose from.  “Making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life;” “Necessary to live a higher quality of life;” or “The quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort,” are all good examples depicting the essence of…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 3, 2020

This is what the inside of a health-promoting refrigerator looks like

Before reading any further, get up, open your refrigerator and take a look inside. What did you see? A peek inside your refrigerator can be a revealing look at how well your health goals are being met. Is it clean, well-organized and stocked with plenty of healthy foods? Or is it more of a disarray…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 17, 2020

Hydration still important during cold weather

Just because cold temperatures have arrived doesn’t mean keeping hydrated should be an afterthought. In fact, hydration is just as important in cold winter months as it is during hot, humid summer days. Likely you’re not breaking out in a noticeable sweat on a frosty winter day, but drinking a sufficient amount of water still…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 2, 2020

Crazy for cranberries all year long

The Holidays are here and for Americans, cranberries will be front and center next to the Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham on dinner tables across the nation. Seeing beautifully displayed bags of cranberries in grocery stores this time of year, is a cherished reminder of this special season.  For being a top antioxidant-rich food, it’s…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 12, 2019
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Stress less, enjoy more this holiday season

Decorate the house, buy gifts, wrap gifts, address holiday cards, make holiday treats, host a party, go to parties, attend children’s school holiday events….and the list goes on.  Ever feel a bit stressed out this time of year? Relax.  We all do.  Yes, it’s a wonderful time of year but the pressure to make it…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 10, 2019

Stave off winter weight gain with these expert tips

Beginning with Halloween candy and ending with a New Year’s Eve toast, the last months of the year can challenge even the most disciplined weight watcher.  By the time the New Year arrives, you may feel heavier yet in reality most people have not packed on as many pounds as they think. The average American…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 19, 2019

Fitting healthy fats into your diet

Healthy fats; is there such a thing? Yes, and fitting them into a healthy eating plan is a smart way to improve your overall health and well-being. However, if there are “healthy” fats then there must be “unhealthy’ fats we need to limit. That is correct. But, how do you make the distinction between what…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 5, 2019

5 spices to spice up your health

Did you know your spice rack is really your medicine cabinet? One look and you’ll be staring at some of the most powerful and effective secret weapons known for fighting inflammation, heart disease, cancer, and more. These aromatic substances used for flavoring food, have an impressive array of health potential.  Before automatically shaking salt or…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 15, 2019