Category Archives: An Apple a Day

Adding local produce to your diet has many benefits

By Ruth Kraper, Western Baptist chief clinical dietitian Where can we find the fruits and vegetables that should make up half our plate, as discussed in our previous blog about MyPlate? We have several options no matter where we live, … Continue reading

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New food pyramid celebrates 1st birthday

By Laura Grief-King, Western Baptist dietitian MyPlate is the current nutritional guideline used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet, and it is depicted by a … Continue reading

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Tips to keep Dad healthy

By Georgia Boyd, Western Baptist dietitian This week kicked off “National Men’s Health Week,” which ends with Father’s Day on Sunday.  The goal of this week is to heighten awareness of preventable male health problems and to encourage early detection … Continue reading

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Kentucky ranks 3rd in nation for childhood obesity

By Pam Ward, Western Baptist dietitian  Obesity in the United States has increased tremendously in the last 20 years with more than one-third of Americans, or more than 78 million individuals, now considered obese.  In the most recent statistics available … Continue reading

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Is IBS caused by fructose malabsorption?

By Sherry Golightly, Western Baptist dietitian Researchers are unsure whether fructose causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms to worsen in some patients, or if they are suffering from fructose malabsorption and don’t have IBS at all. Regardless, many with the … Continue reading

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Breakfast provides necessary fuel to start the day right

Many studies say kids skip breakfast, whether they are headed to school or on summer vacation. Kids who fuel up in the morning concentrate better, perform better on tests and have fewer behavioral problems, according to Eatright.org. If it is … Continue reading

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Encourage healthy weight for the whole family

Most people know they should maintain a healthy weight today to avoid health problems in the future. But what’s the secret? The first step is getting outside and becoming active. Children need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity … Continue reading

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High-caffeine energy drinks can have serious side effects

By Laura Grief-King, Western Baptist dietitian Being the mom of a 15-year-old boy, I am constantly faced with the battle of the dreaded energy drink. He not only drinks them, but also removes the vivid-colored can tops and wears them … Continue reading

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Fad diet misuses feeding tubes

By Pam Ward, Western Baptist dietitian Recent nutrition headlines revolve around an extreme weight loss diet aimed at brides trying to lose weight for their big day. The K-E Diet (Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition) involves the use of a nasogastric feeding tube for … Continue reading

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Employees share tips for successful weight loss

By Georgia Boyd, Western Baptist dietitian As a dietitian,  I am asked frequently by employees and patients, “What should I eat on my diet?” In other words, Do I Eat This? I encourage them to try and change their thinking … Continue reading

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