Health

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

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

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

Guidance on healthy grilling 101

There’s nothing quite like firing up the grill distinguishing summer from all other seasons.  The sounds, smells and tantalizing taste of barbequed meat are one of a kind.  However, before you get to grilling nonstop, there can be some health drawbacks to this mainstream Americana ritual.  Should you forego grilling completely? Fortunately you do not….

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | May 22, 2019

Hormones in beef: Should you worry?

When it comes to food, everyone has an opinion and each of us have many questions. Take beef for instance. It seems you either eat it or you don’t. And if you choose not to, one concern for avoiding it could be the fear of hormones in beef.  How do we know beef is safe…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Apr 17, 2019

Turning breakfast excuses into breakfast reality

Are you someone who leaves your home in the morning without doing something very important like eating breakfast?  What’s your excuse?  I’ve counseled nearly a thousand patients and roughly about 20-30% admits to not eating breakfast. Because curiosity gets the best of me, I often ask them why.  Of course the answers I get vary…

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