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Omnipresence of Sugar

By Shaun Hurdelbrink and Natasha Cole, MPH, RD   Are you aware of sugar’s omnipresence in your life or how much you truly consume? Added sugar is found in many foods: breakfast cereals, fruit juices, granola bars, ketchup, BBQ sauce, soymilk, energy drinks, protein bars, etc. You get the idea. Unsurprisingly, Americans consume “an average […]

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3 Diet Resolutions for the New Year

With the start of 2015, many of you might have made New Year’s resolutions. Many times these resolutions involve getting into shape or cleaning up your diet. Unfortunately, most steps taken to achieve these goals only work as a quick-fix but don’t provide lasting results. Here are 3 resolutions you can start this year that […]

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Whole Fruits or Vegetables, or Juices: Which Packs the Most Punch?

We all know that fruit and vegetables are the cornerstone of a healthy diet.  Government health recommendations state that most of us should be eating two cups of fruit and two and a half cups of vegetables each day.  But how many of you choose your servings of fruits and vegetables from juice drinks? While […]

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Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Hard work is valued in many cultures, and it often takes hard work and thoughtfulness to make sure you are productive in the various roles you serve. In the workplace, productivity is required for those that desire to keep their jobs.  For those of you that might be struggling with productivity at work (or home), […]

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Constructing Food Choice Decisions

Have you ever thought about how many food choices you have to make in a day? Eating is something that is required for survival and health, and is an activity that is repeated when making food choice decisions. Each time you eat it requires decisions including: what, when, with whom, how long, how, and how […]

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Food and Mood: Evidence for Diet-Related Changes in Mental Health

Do you ever feel down in the dumps some days and cheery other days? It may be because there is a connection between diet and mental health. The food you eat plays an important role in every stage of your life. Your brain is sensitive to the foods that you eat, and to remain healthy […]

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Dump My Caffeine Habit…NOOOO (Really, I don’t have to?)

It is well documented that caffeine is a stimulant, meaning that it can increase alertness. In fact, we all know that too much caffeine can disrupt sleep patterns, causing a myriad of health issues. But, do you need to cut out caffeine completely in order to get a good night’s sleep? Researchers have discovered that […]

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There’s an App for That! Using MyPlate Text Messaging!

We all know that making good food choices during college can be difficult. You are busy attending classes, working, completing homework or hanging out with friends. Before you know it you have put on a little weight. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on tools to help you make better food choices and […]

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Family Matters: How Family Meal Patterns Create LifeLong Habits

********************Melissa Crone, guest author As we grow out of adolescence many of the eating habits that were instilled in our childhood impact the choices we make as adults. These choices can define the quality of our lives.  For example, we have all heard of the health benefits of eating breakfast. Did you eat breakfast every […]

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You had me at…,”Would you like some water?”

It is a challenge to stay properly hydrated, especially during summer.  Hydration status is essential in improving one’s overall health and well-being and plays a vital role in both physical and cognitive functioning.  Water plays numerous roles in the body (e.g. regulating body temperature, controlling blood pressure, and transporting nutrients) making daily consumption essential. Even […]

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