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Latest by Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

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Parenting

5 Ways to Reduce Your Child's Sugar Consumption

Credit: iStock There is overwhelming evidence that a diet high in added sugar during childhood puts kids at an increased risk for heart disease, obesity, and hypertension in childhood and young adulthood. In response to this danger, in August 2016 th...

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Top 10 Food Trends of 2017

It’s the start of a new year, and you may have already noticed some new food products that are making headlines this year. Here are 10 products you will likely see making an appearance at your local supermarket in 2017.

Squares of dark chocolate.
Nutrition

Dark Chocolate Recipes: Sweet Treats That Can Boost Heart Health

Who doesn’t love dark chocolate? These healthy recipes will have your mouth watering.

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Lifestyle

5 Simple Tips That Work for Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

If you’re like most people, you make resolutions to get healthier each year. Unfortunately, most resolutions fail, likely because they are unrealistic and/or hard to achieve. Here are some simple tips to help you keep that particular New Year’s resol...

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Popular Diet Trends: 2016 Wrap-Up

There were many diets that gained popularity this year — some for weight loss, and others to improve overall health. Here’s a wrap-up of the most popular diet trends, and if they are worth a try: 1. Detox or cleanse diet What is it? Proponents of thi...

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Recipe/Cooking

Healthy Holiday Baking Swaps

Butter, sugar, and heavy cream — oh my! The holidays are a time for indulgence, but that doesn't mean you have to leave every meal feeling completely guilty. If you have dietary restrictions, these swaps will still leave you fulfilled, without all the guilt.

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Prevention

8 Simple Things Men Can Do to Improve Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men in the United States have a lower life expectancy than women but are far less likely to seek preventative health care. Here are simple things men can do to decrease the risk of ch...

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4 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Prevent and Control Diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Diabetes Statistic Report published in 2014, over 29 million people (or more than nine percent of the U.S. population) have diabetes. What is surprising is that more than eight mill...

Young girls playing soccer.
Family Health

Fueling Your Student Athlete to Maximize Performance

We all know that proper nutrition is essential for athletes to be at the top of their game. But as parents, we can’t always be in control of what our kids eat while they’re at school, on the field, or traveling with their team. I sat down with the ex...

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How to Eat Like an Athlete

Athletes spend months preparing for races, meets, and other events — including endurance competitions — through daily workouts and training. But how do athletes competing at the highest levels prepare their bodies for an event from a nutritional stan...