Grant Hewitt

Is the BMI Chart Actually Accurate?

Weight Management, Wellness

One of the first pieces of literature a patient receives when walking into our Weight Management department is a BMI (body mass index) chart.  Over the years I have observed hundreds of patients and their facial expressions while they locate their own BMI number.  Once the patient realizes just what the chart is saying, those facial expressions usually morph to some blend of curiosity, frustration, and a where-did-they-get-this-bogus-information grimace.  Not long ago I had an overweight gentlemen look up at me from his BMI chart which he had just received, and in an agitated tone said, “this says I’m extremely obese” – I think he wanted me to tell him that he was fine and the chart was wrong…  Either … Continue reading

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Alegent Creighton Health Food and Nutrition Services

DIY Food Preservation

Nutrition, Wellness

You’ve been to the farmer’s market and brought home a trunk full of produce. Your neighbor has given you a sack of fresh tomatoes from his garden. Zucchini mysteriously appears on your doorstep one morning. You’re not sure what to do with all of this produce. Have you thought about home preservation? Home preservation, in some form, has been around since the beginning of civilization. Preserving fresh produce at the peak of flavor and freshness also helps preserve its nutritional value without all of the additives and extra preservatives found in most commercially processed foods. The most common methods of home food preservation are canning, freezing, and dehydration. What method you chose to use will depend on your preferences and what foods you want to preserve. … Continue reading

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Arli Boustead, Breastfeeding Outreach Contractor

It’s Natural: The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Parenting, Wellness

Being a mom is stressful so you need all the help you can get. That’s why local moms and Live Well Omaha Kids created a campaign to help soon-to-be and new moms know about the benefits and power of breastfeeding. No; it’s not just for Earth mothers or stay-at-home moms. Many more mothers are choosing to plan for breastfeeding and as a result their babies will benefit for a lifetime. Really? Really. Yes! The campaign is centered on a conversation about the surprising facts about breastfeeding and skin-to-skin. You would be shocked about what can happen as a result of this American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation. Did you know? The average mom burns between 500 – 700 calories per day … Continue reading

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Jacque Thiele RD, LMNT

The Not-So-Sweet Side of Sugary Drinks

Weight Management, Wellness

There are fingers pointing every which way when it comes to the cause of obesity. There is new technology which allows us to do more without getting out of our seats, the high fructose corn syrup found in all sorts of food items, and fast food industry which spends unbelievable amounts of time and money on advertising their foods and building locations at every corner: all topics which have received some sort of criticism for the obesity epidemic. One of the latest concerns is the amount of calories we consume from sugary beverages. Whether it’s the giant soda we grab at the gas station, the juice that usually comes with the statement “it comes from fruit so it must be … Continue reading

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Cheryl Wiliams RD, LMNT, LD

The Skinny on Nutrition Labels

Nutrition, Wellness

Label reading is very important when it comes to making healthy choices. All of the information needed is listed right there on the package. However, reading and understanding the Nutrition Facts label are two very different things. Here are some tips to make label reading easier. Tip #1: Start at the top. Always look at the serving size first. Every nutrient listed on the Nutrition Facts label is based on this amount. If more than one serving is consumed, the calories and nutrients need to be multiplied by the number of servings consumed. Tip #2: Pay attention to the calories per serving. This information is very important when it comes to achieving and maintaining weight goals. Limit foods with the … Continue reading

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