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Extreme Holiday Side Dish Makeover

Posted 11/17/2017 by UHBlog

Extreme Holiday Side Dish Makeover

Make your favorite holiday foods healthier without sacrificing flavor.

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Go Out With a Bang

Posted 6/16/2017 by UHBlog

Go Out With a Bang

Keep your family safe this Fourth of July by following these fireworks safety tips.

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Best Holiday Gifts for Athletes

Posted 11/30/2016 by UHBlog

Best Holiday Gifts for Athletes

Have an athlete on your holiday list? Find the perfect fitness-themed gift.

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How to Take the Stress Out of the Holidays for Kids

Posted 11/17/2016 by UHBlog

How to Take the Stress Out of the Holidays for Kids

The whirlwind of activities surrounding the holiday season can cause stress for kids as well as adults.

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Have a Holiday Heart to Heart

Posted 11/16/2016 by UHBlog

Have a Holiday Heart to Heart

Ask questions about your family’s medical history to learn more about your own health risks.

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An Athletes’ Guide to Holiday Feasting

Posted 11/15/2016 by UHBlog

An Athlete’s Guide to Holiday Feasting

Planning ahead and making wise substitutions can help you enjoy holiday favorites without overindulging.

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7 Stress-Relieving Techniques to Survive the Holidays

Posted 11/14/2016 by UHBlog

3 Stress Relievers for the Workday

The constant activity during the holidays can be stressful. Learn how to slow down and enjoy the season.

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3 Healthy Recipes for Saint Patricks Day

Posted 2/26/2016 by UHBlog

3 Healthy Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

It's possible to have a healthy St. Patrick's Day if you plan ahead.

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Boosting Health and Performance This Holiday Season

Posted 12/16/2015 by Amy Jamieson-Petonic, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LD

The holidays are by far my favorite time of year. The bright lights, a dusting of snow, and a warm winter fire makes this time of year special. The reason for the season makes some of us a little on edge as well, with a never-ending to do list which may include holiday cleaning, baking and shopping. Our desire to keep healthy through it all is always in the back of our mind, but should not be forgotten. I am a big believer in getting the most out of your nutrition and wellness plan by consumin...

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Working Off Your Holiday Gluttony

Posted 11/30/2015 by UHBlog

Maintain your holiday glow well into the new year by working on your health goals now. We can help. Are the months between Halloween and New Year's ones in which your motto is: eat, drink and be merry? Holiday gluttony often means weight gains of 5 or 10 pounds for many of us, plus indigestion, moodiness, depression and insomnia. If you dream of starting a new year without feeling badly about your weight, nutrition and/or exercise choices, you'll need to plan ahead, says registered dietitian nu...

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Telling Your Kids the Truth about Santa

Posted 11/27/2015 by UHBlog

Do you need help talking to your child about confusing and/or emotional questions in an age-appropriate way? We can help. For some parents, anticipating the “Santa question” may be nearly as stressful as the inevitability of someday having to explain where babies come from. But fielding even those inquiries can be simple compared to answering questions about more complex situations – for instance, inquiries involving adoption or divorce. The way you answer your child's questio...

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Holiday Feasts Without Derailing Your Health

Posted 11/24/2015 by UHBlog

Looking forward to stuffing yourself this holiday season? Ask us how to enjoy holiday feasts without blowing up your blood sugar and diet plan. Everybody faces eating challenges during the holidays – which sometimes starts at Halloween and lasts until after the New Year. If you have diabetes, it’s especially important to maintain healthy blood sugar levels year-round, regardless of the temptations. “We’re all trying to be good for the beginning of the year. Then when it ...

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De-Stress During the Holidays with These 10 Good Nutrition Tips

Posted 11/19/2015 by UHBlog

Healthy does not mean boring – and you don't need to jeopardize your health and well-being to be festive. Ask us. For many people, stress causes overeating. During the holidays when everyday stresses of life reach new levels, you may need a healthy mindset about eating before saying “yes” to your work party or a family gathering. “During the holiday season, more food choices are available to us,” says Jennifer Gallman, holistic health coach at University Hospitals ...

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Healthy Holiday Recipes for Kids

Posted 11/18/2015 by UHBlog

Holiday treats can be part of your child’s healthy diet. Ask us how. Your children devour the brownies at the neighborhood cookie exchange, while you fixate on the amount of sugar and fat they are consuming. Give them – and yourself – a break. “Holidays don’t come around all that often,” says clinical dietitian Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD. “Like with adults, if kids eat healthful meals and snacks 90 percent of the time, they can splurge 10 percent of the...

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Lose the Fat, Not the Flavor: Healthy Holiday Feasting

Posted 10/15/2015 by UHBlog

You can celebrate even with a healthy plate. We'll show you how. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve and company holiday parties. ‘Tis the season when carb-heavy comfort foods and sugary sweets greet us at every turn. It may be tempting to shelve our diets, but that’s a recipe for packing on pounds that will be hard to shed after the last ornament is packed away. According to registered dietitian nutritionist Heather Butscher, eating sugar and fat laden foods may ...

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Get a Handle on Holiday Stress

Posted 11/26/2014 by UHBlog

Is stress impacting your day-to-day life? Let your doctor know. It may be the season for joy and wonder. But with the demands of gift buying, food preparation and decorating for the holidays, it’s also the time for unrelenting stress. “Our memories of holidays as children clash with modern expectations: spending a lot of money, being all things to all people and completing lots of projects,” says stress-resilience specialist Heidi M. Weiker, MSSA. It’s no wonder that the...

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Enjoy the Holidays – Without Gaining Weight

Posted 11/24/2014 by UHBlog

Keep your doctor in the conversation. There’s good news and bad news when it comes to holiday weight gain. First the good news: Research shows the average amount gained between Thanksgiving and New Year’s celebrations is just one to two pounds – not the five to 10 pounds you might expect. The bad news? People never take off the added pounds. “Year after year, these small gains add up,” says registered dietitian Renee Cooper. “The other major issue is that som...

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Tips for Finding a Happy, Healthy Balance During the Holidays

Posted 11/20/2014 by Kristen Heitman

Do you often find yourself over-indulging during the holiday season? Traditionally, the holidays have been a time of overeating, satisfying your food cravings, and packing on the pounds. This holiday season can be different, though. Try to make this season more balanced by incorporating some healthy habits into your celebration routines. You will not only feel better, but will truly get the most out of this special time of year. This does not mean that you have to eliminate a slice of grandma’s ...

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