Fruits and Vegetables—Low on Calories and High on Fiber

  “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” What is it about apples and other fruits and vegetables that make it so crucial for us to have them in our daily diets? Fruits and vegetables are great sources of fiber which helps to fill us up, promote health, reduce constipation, reduce blood glucose levels, increase immune support and aid with weight management. An average person needs 25 grams of fiber per day. To put that into perspective, one apple has more than 4 grams of fiber. An apple a day helps you reach your fiber goals! A diet rich in fruits and vegetables also provides essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are important for good health. Phytonutrients are disease fighting properties that only plants (phyto) possess. These nutrients may also reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. [...]

Spotlight: Be Well’s New Lifestyle App

Weigh of Life | Be Well’s New Lifestyle App Read Time: 1 min 23 sec Do you find it difficult to transform bad habits into healthy ones? Are you tired of fad diets and complicated exercise apps? The experts at Be Well Solutions have designed a program to help overcome these obstacles. Weigh of Life is a 12-week educational program based on up-to-date research and best practices. The folks who have tried it have reported great results – three-quarters of participants lost weight and reported making healthy changes on account of the program. Participants receive weekly messages and challenges focusing on nutrition, exercise, and stress management. They have access to short and understandable videos, handouts, resource guides, and interactive worksheets Our easy-to-use app makes tracking new behaviors simple. In addition, ongoing support from our team of Registered Dietitians and Certified [...]

Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke Awareness Month May is recognized as Stroke Awareness Month. Up to 80% of stroke cases can be prevented through lifestyle changes, and yet it remains the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Non-fatal strokes can also be tragic and life-altering.  High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity are controllable stroke risk factors. You can manage these risks by eating a well-balanced diet, being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol intake and not smoking. Exercise plays an important role in reducing your risk of stroke by lowering high blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need 75-150 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity or 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. To reap the most benefit, this exercise should be broken up and spread out throughout the week.  There [...]

Eat Right, Bite By Bite

Eat Right, Bite by Bite March is National Nutrition Month® and the theme this year is to Eat Right, Bite by Bite. This theme reminds us that making small changes, one bite at a time, can help lead you to an overall healthier lifestyle. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages you during National Nutrition Month® to focus on the themes below. Week 1: Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day! Include healthful foods from all food groups. Hydrate healthfully. Learn how to read the Nutrition Facts Panel. Practice portion control. Take time to enjoy your food. Week 2: Plan your meals each week! Use a grocery list to shop for healthful foods. Be menu-savvy when dining out. Choose healthful recipes to make during the week. Enjoy healthful eating at school and at work. Plan healthful eating while traveling. [...]