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Diabetes support: Why is physical activity important for people with diabetes?

Written by: Louise Borzcik, RD, CD, CDE, certified diabetes educator, Agnesian HealthCare Physical activity, at least 30 minutes a day, is important for everyone! However, for people with diabetes, consistent physical exercise does a lot of good things! Physical activity: Helps insulin work better. Insulin is what takes the sugar out of your blood and [...]

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Eating outside the home

Written by: Rebecca Hoerth, APNP How can a person make good food choices in a fast food world? Unless we are careful, even one fast food meal can pack on enough calories for the entire day. Often, they are loaded with carbohydrates, fats, salts and MSG to make for a tastier temptation. Try to stick [...]

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Broiled Fish with Romesco Sauce and Couscous

Makes: 4 servings Hands-On Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: 15 Minutes 1 cup dry couscous 1/3 cup sliced almonds 4 6oz. tilapia (or other white fish) fillets 3 tsp. olive oil ½ tsp. salt 1 tbsp. plain bread crumbs 1 7oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained ½ tsp. sherry vinegar 2 garlic cloves, minced ¼ [...]

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Diabetes support: Increasing plant foods for diabetes management

Written by: Louise Borzcik, RD, CD, CDE, certified diabetes educator, Agnesian HealthCare Increasing plant foods in our diet is important: for weight management (very few calories in fruits and vegetables!) for maintaining optimal blood sugars (especially with non-carb vegetables) for prevention of some chronic diseases for increasing fiber to feel more full, improve cholesterol and reduce [...]

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Cooking for Health

Eating healthy is all about eating a variety of foods with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. A healthy diet is also one that incorporates heart healthy fats, like olive oil, and limits intake sodium and added sugars. Eating health can be intimidating for many. When I talk to people about eating healthy,  [...]

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Chicken with Black Bean and Mango Salsa

Serves: 4 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 8 Minutes ½ cup finely minced red onion 4 cups boiling water 1 ½ cup diced ripe mango 1 ½ cups black beans, canned or cooked ½ cup finely diced red bell pepper 3 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice 2 tsp. minced garlic [...]

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Targeting high blood pressure with exercise

Exercise is a drug free approach to lowering blood pressure.  Regular aerobic or dynamic (moving) exercise depend mainly on the energy derived from consuming oxygen or your increased oxygen consumption helps your heart/cardiovascular system become stronger and more efficient at pumping blood, thus lower/control blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure (the top number) will rise with [...]

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What is heart disease: An interview with Dr. Schmidt

Please share your first name, last name and position at Agnesian. Heather Schmidt, DO  Medical Director of Health and Wellness and Family Medicine physician Can you provide a simple definition of heart disease? Is this an umbrella term for a range of conditions? It is difficult to give a simple definition, but according to www.familydoctor.org, [...]

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How Do You Get Your Omega 3s?

If you don’t know about omega 3 fatty acids, you haven’t been paying attention. Fish oil and other omega 3 supplements are among the most popular items on the market today, resulting in $25 billion worth of sales in 2011. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends omega 3 fatty acid consumption through foods, if possible. [...]

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Healthy Recipe: Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna

Makes: 4 servings Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes 6 lasagna noodles (about 4 oz) ½ lb fresh sweet Italian sausage 2 garlic cloves, minced ¼ cup plus 1 tbsp. shredded parmesan 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 tbsp. olive oil ½ medium onion, finely chopped ¼ tsp. salt plus additional [...]

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