Teri Lee RD, LMNT

The Benefits of Eating Whole Grains


Nutrition, Wellness

A whole grain is a simple food. While simple, it is a complete grain  composed of 3 parts, including bran, germ and endosperm.  Additionally, a whole grain provides phytonutrients, antioxidants, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and carbohydrates. Tips for finding whole grains: Read ingredient list:  Look for Whole or Whole Grain at the beginning of the ingredient list. Example: Whole Grain Oats Look for Whole Grain Symbol: If a product shows a 100% stamp then all the grains in the product are whole grains. This means that the product provides 16 grams of whole grains which is a full serving. If a product shows the basic stamp it means the product contains at least a serving of whole grains which is 8 grams. Not all foods have … Continue reading

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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

How to Prepare Kids for the New School Year NOW


Mental Health, Wellness

We are at that turning point of summer. As I write this blog, July 4th is this weekend. I’ve talked with various teachers, parents and students who use July 4th as a mid-point of summer. For most, it’s a fun time of year, a much-needed time of year to rest up from the previous school year. Many indicate that the July 4th Holiday is the turning point they use to reset their barometers to the upcoming school year. The start of the school year does seem to approach quickly once July is underway. Because so many of our schools here in the Omaha area start early and mid-August, it really is time to start thinking about how to prepare. I’ve … Continue reading

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Paula Miller, APRN

Firework Safety


Wellness

We all enjoy having a good time on Fourth of July, and we want you to be safe during this holiday season.  Each 4th of July season about 9,500 people are injured from fireworks. Always purchase fireworks from a reputable service, never make your own. Do not allow children to play with fireworks unsupervised; even adolescents should be supervised.  Most injuries with adolescents are from shooting fireworks at each other or throwing them at each other.  This can be deadly in some cases, but serious in others with eye injuries as well as burns. It is recommended you use eye protection during shooting fireworks. Never use a cigarette as a lighting device. Always use a lighter or a device specifically … Continue reading

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Carol Kolo RD, LD, LMNT

Eating in Season: A Recipe for Health


Nutrition, Wellness

Shopping and preparing meals within local growing seasons is a creative experience that has a positive impact on our health and our environment. Explore the many ways preparing seasonal foods can enrich you and your family’s lives. Benefits of Seasonal Food Choices Flavor: Vegetables and fruits will taste fresher and more flavorful if eaten during the peak growing season. For most of us, the taste of the food we buy is every bit as important as the cost, if not more so. When food is not in season locally, it’s either grown in a hothouse or shipped in from other parts of the world, and both affect the taste. Compare a dark red, vine-ripened tomato still warm from the summer sun with a winter hothouse tomato … Continue reading

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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

Summer: Fun Activity Ideas


Mental Health, Wellness

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer for most of us. It’s the kickoff to time away from school, maybe a vacation plan or two with family and friends, cooking out, swimming, baseball – all sorts of activities and outdoor fun. Often, during this time of year, providers with Alegent Creighton Health are talking with our patients about their summertime plans. Here are a few of the things patients have been telling us they are planning on doing this summer: Going to the zoo. Playing sports – organized and not-so-organized Riding bikes Swimming Day Camp A day trip to a nearby town or city Going for walks. Playing tag or hide-n-seek Visiting the library Singing songs around a campfire … Continue reading

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