CAND BLOG

Vitamin D Deficiency

By Jean Ziegenhorn / February 11, 2019

If you live 37 (or more) degrees north of the Equator, you experience such little sunlight that your body can’t synthesize adequate vitamin D from sun exposure alone. That includes anyone north of Atlanta! This isn’t necessarily a bad thing- the American Academy of Dermatology recommends against getting vitamin D from sun exposure given the…

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American Heart Month

By Brenna Wallace / February 4, 2019

February is the month of LOVE! American Heart Month is all about raising awareness of heart disease and how to prevent it. It’s important to not only educate adults how to prevent heart disease, but also to promote healthy eating patterns in children that will turn into lifelong habits. Let’s get heart healthy!   Incorporate…

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All About Adaptogens!

By Brenna Wallace / January 18, 2019

It’s officially 2019 – and with every year comes new fad food trends and diets. One trend expected to be on the rise this year is adaptogens. Adaptogens are considered to be herbs that provide a non-specific, non-toxic resistance against environmental stress to maintain homeostasis within the body (1). While adaptogens have been around since…

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Intuitive Eating During the Holiday Season

By Brenna Wallace / December 17, 2018
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With the holiday season comes holiday parties. Whether they are work-related, with family, or with friends, it seems that all holiday parties revolve around one thing; food. Holidays tend to bring up feelings of anxiety and obsession towards food. We spend them eating Thanksgiving and Christmas treats, followed by planning our New Year’s resolutions (that…

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Breaking the Lunchbox Blues

By Stephanie Hofhenke / October 7, 2018

Nothing quite brings on the excitement of new beginnings like the first day of school! Fresh shoes, backpacks, supplies, and lunchboxes all make the end of summer break seem less depressing and the onset of the new school year more exciting. If you have been diligently packing those snacks and lunches you know that the…

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Health Benefits of Alkaline Foods

By Amanda Izquierdo / June 20, 2018

There has been a lot of recent focus on the suggested health benefits of alkaline foods, such as new products like alkaline water or certain fruits and vegetables, including spinach, tomatoes and lemon. These foods are claimed to provide a variety of health benefits include reducing inflammation, helping with weight management and reducing the risk…

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National Dairy Month: Dairy Myths and Facts

By Kate Egan / June 12, 2018
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Happy National Dairy Month! In June, dairy farmers and producers are honored for their important work in agriculture and the food industry. While dairy has been a part of our food system for hundreds of years, it has recently received negative attention alongside the rise of plant-based “milk” beverages. (For those who choose to consume…

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Frozen Yogurt Day

By Amanda Hookom / June 4, 2018

Summer is upon us and that means it’s time for frozen treats!  One of my favorite cold desserts by far is frozen yogurt. It’s the perfect treat for a warm summer night! A few reasons to choose frozen yogurt for your dessert:   Probiotics: Some frozen yogurts, like regular yogurt, contain beneficial bacteria called “probiotics”.…

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National Brown-Bag It Day: Tips for Lunch Packing!

By Kate Egan / May 25, 2018

Happy National Brown-Bag It Day, where we celebrate the healthy, wallet-friendly and sustainable practice of bringing your own lunch to work! While some of you might be brown-bag pros already, here are some tips for those just getting started in a new habit of packing lunches. 1. Plan ahead Packing a lunch at the last…

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National Hummus Day

By Amanda Izquierdo / May 13, 2018

Mild and nutty tasting, hummus is a Middle Eastern condiment that can be garnished with spices and herbs for unique flavors that pairs well with vegetables of all kinds, breads, and can even be used as pasta sauce or topped on chicken before baking for a crust that keeps meat from drying out. Traditionally made…

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Eat What You Want Day

By Amanda Hookom / May 11, 2018

We all know that healthy eating is important, but what does that really mean?  Do you need to forever forfeit cookies and ice cream in the name of good health?     Ask a dietitian and the answer you’ll probably get is that healthy eating is all about balance and variety.  It means adding lots of…

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Tips for Searching for Your First Job Post-Internship

By Kate Egan / April 25, 2018
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Job searching – the two scariest words for a student about to graduate. There are few things worse than getting questioned by friends and family on how your job seeking is going prior to a graduation from undergrad, grad school, or a dietetic internship. Here are a few tips to keep you from losing your…

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Lima Bean Respect Day

By Amanda Hookom / April 20, 2018

Do you respect your lima beans?  If you’re like me, you probably don’t give lima beans much thought.  They’re a legume, they exist, they’re your least favorite part of frozen mixed vegetables and probably one of your least favorite beans too.  Is there more to lima beans than meets the eye though? You may be…

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Seven Ways to Walk More for National Walking Day

By Melissa Smith / April 3, 2018

Volunteer April is National Volunteer Month, so what a great way to get more walking in! Volunteer to walk and play with shelter dogs, walk and pick up the liter for your city, or walk and exercise with elderly, youth, or other groups. Not only are you increasing your step count, but you are also…

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