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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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


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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