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20 tips for a healthy Thanksgiving

For many, November kicks off the holiday season. Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) is a time to be grateful for all you have and continue to work for. (And also a time to eat more turkey in one day than you do all year.) You can enjoy Thanksgiving and stick to your wellness goals. Jessi Boehme, MS, a…
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Experts share easy, healthy snack ideas for fall

Expert blog: Jessi Boehme, MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. She and other members of the Mary Free Bed nutrition team offer tasty snack ideas for fall. Autumn is upon us. School is in full swing, flannel-wearing is at an all-time-high and we’re savoring those last hot, sunny days. As we…
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Fall into autumn with a colorful and delicious fall salad recipe

Expert blog: Jessi Boehme, MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. Below she offers expert advice — and a tasty recipe! — to help you prepare for the upcoming seasonal shift. Are you ready to start saying goodbye to summer? I am not so sure about the farewells, but I’m ready for autumn…
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Expert tips to make healthy summer eating a breeze

It’s finally summer! In addition to heat and sunshine, summer means picnics, open houses, beach days, camping and summer parties. Foods that go along with the summer fun typically include hot dogs, potato chips, burgers, pop/lemonade/alcoholic beverages, sauces, pickles, coleslaw and more pasta/potato salad than we’ve had all year. Although it’s OK to enjoy ourselves, we should…
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Low-impact exercises to help you ease into activity

Have you been thinking about starting to exercise but having a hard time deciding what or how to begin? Low-impact exercises are a great starting point. Designed to best suit those who cannot handle a lot of stress on their joints, low-impact exercises are great for easing back into a routine or for a lighter…
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How fruits and veggies support your healthy weight loss goals

When gardens flourish and farmers’ markets are in full swing, our palates tend to reap the benefits of the spring and summer growing seasons. Likewise, our healthy weight loss goals benefit from access to so many nutritious foods. The USDA recommends filling half your plate with fruits and veggies at every snack or meal. When fresh local produce…
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The ‘deets’ on sweets: How to reduce added sugar

Have you ever been confused about the sugar content on a food label? Apple juice seems healthy in moderation, but the label says there’s 25 grams of sugar in the unsweetened varieties – why? The latest federal dietary guidelines recommend consuming less than 50 grams of added sugar per day. The key word? Added. For perspective,…
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Nichols family works together to become a weight loss success story

Dave Nichols needed a total hip replacement, but his doctor told him that he had to lose 70 pounds before the surgery could be performed. His wife, Denise, saw a brochure for the Mary Free Bed’s Weight Management Program, which helps men and women of all ages and in all stages of their weight-loss journey….
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How the buddy system supports successful weight loss

A successful weight loss or weight management plan includes strategies to manage common day-to-day temptations, like those freshly-baked cookies in the company breakroom or the friend who wants you to skip yoga in favor of happy hour. Enlisting a support person–or “buddy system”–is a fun and effective way to stay on track with your wellness goals. Kim Meeuwsen,…
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