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Foods helping you “C” better

As a nation, we are aging – fast.  So fast that it is predicted1 that the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise from 16 percent to 23…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 1, 2019

Are you under-consuming these key nutrients?

Let’s start with what many Americans over consume each day – excess sodium, unhealthy fats, and an abundance of overly sugary carbohydrates.  This barrage of overabundance over time can be a major detriment to our health. But what about nutrients we under consume also setting the stage for future health problems?  Scientists with the National…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 16, 2019

Family meals: A secret to your child’s success

Want to know a secret to raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted children?  Eat meals together as a family as often as you can.  This one simple yet often hard to make happen activity is so important it should be a main priority of strengthening your family.  In our overscheduled, busy lives, sitting down to eat meals…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 3, 2019

Boost flavor and your health with herbs

Herbs, those fragrant culinary delicacies, offer so much more than just flavoring and garnishing our food.  Whether you buy them at the grocery store, a farmer’s market or grow your own, these tender plants harbor a wealth of health benefits just waiting for you to discover. Since ancient times, herbs have been used for medicinal…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 26, 2019

A+ afterschool snacks enhancing kids’ health

Summer is almost over with a new school year about to begin. You’ve bought new book bags, shoes, and school supplies to start your child’s school year off right.  But there’s one other important component enhancing your child’s school success and health – healthy after-school snacks. The importance of after-school snacks Who doesn’t remember coming…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 7, 2019

4 Simple ways to sidestep metabolic syndrome

Results from your annual physical were not the best – high cholesterol, elevated blood sugar, high blood pressure – should you be concerned?  Yes. You may have a condition called metabolic syndrome that can erupt into multiple health worries. The good news is making lifestyle changes can significantly blunt the advancement of this health problem….

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Aug 1, 2019

The ABCs of managing diabetes

If only receiving a diabetes diagnosis was as easy as learning the ABCs.  Actually, it can be.  Anyone with diabetes should know three key steps – the ABCs of diabetes control – to better manage their disease lowering their risk of serious complications. Having diabetes is not easy.  When first diagnosed, individuals may feel overwhelmed…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 26, 2019

Why choosing cow’s milk still matters

Going to the grocery store to “get milk,” is not always what it used to mean.  Open up the refrigerator in many homes, and the “milk” might instead be a nondairy milk alternative. From soymilk, almond, coconut, rice, cashew, oat, hemp, quinoa, or hazelnut, just to name a few, cow’s milk has competition. Traditional cow’s…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jul 12, 2019

Why making every bite count matters more as we age

Humorist, novelist, and journalist Mark Twain was famous for his wit and wisdom.  One of my favorite quotes he coined was, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”  However, what does matter is how healthfully we age, at least to me. I personally hope to live a…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jun 25, 2019

Answers why exercise for prediabetes is essential

While receiving a diagnosis of prediabetes can come as a complete shock, it’s also a wakeup call to taking better care of yourself.  One way to begin is by becoming more physically active. Increasing movement each day improves energy and stamina but best news of all, it reduces risk of common complications associated with diabetes…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | May 29, 2019