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Child wearing sunglasses while running
Does your kid spend a lot of time running around and playing outdoors? If you're like most parents, you probably lather them up with suntan lotion every couple of hours, right? Especially since there's nothing worse than getting a bad sunburn. But what about their eyes? Does your child have sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sun? The truth is, most parents...
Managing Osteoarthritis with Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASUs)
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, you are probably familiar with the pain and swelling that comes with the cartilage and tissue breakdown between your joints. Thirty million Americans suffer from this disease, and most take prescription drugs to manage symptoms. This article will discuss recent research on an exciting alternative treatment that may aid in reversing the tissue damage: avocado...
Here's How the FDA Approval of IDx-DR Will Impact Diabetics
There are currently over 4 million people living with permanent vision loss from diabetes. This is especially sad because, according to the National Institutes of Health, the risk of vision loss from diabetes can be reduced by 95% with regular access to eye care. In this article, I'm going to review what diabetic retinopathy is as well as talk...

Introduction to the DASH Diet

It is no surprise that the diet industry is one of the biggest money-making industries. Many people want to achieve a healthy weight and reduce their risk of severe health problems. As a registered dietitian, I want to help you find an eating plan that is safe, effective, and sustainable. If you have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or want...
Fat Facts - The Good, the Bad, and the Truth
Dietary fat should not be feared. In fact, fat is essential to a healthy, nourishing diet. Fats are indeed a very dense source of calories. There are nine calories in one gram of fat. For comparison, carbohydrates and proteins have only four calories per gram. Regardless, this does not mean that eating fats will make you fat. Let me...
Curable vs Incurable STDs - Screening and Prevention
Discussing sexually transmitted diseases (aka STDs, sexually transmitted infections or STIs) can be very uncomfortable. The most important part of understanding STDs is learning about proper screening and prevention. In fact, it’s critical to know that with every sexual encounter you should use protection. And when I say protection, I mean condoms! Why? Other methods of contraception...
Easy Ways To Reduce Food Waste & Be Environmentally Friendly
Living a healthier lifestyle and making more of your meals at home comes with an often-overlooked consequence: more food waste. You may end up with leftover peels, stalks of vegetables, eggshells, coffee grounds, and bones that you toss in the trash. Fortunately, all of these things can be repurposed and reused! This article will discuss a few easy ways to...
The Top 5 Visual Skills for Sports (& How To Improve Them)
Vision is by far the most dominant sense used in sports! To get an idea of just how important vision is to your athletic performance, imagine yourself playing your favorite sport while wearing a blindfold. Pretty tough, right? Most people don’t realize that vision is a learned ability that is made up of 17 different visual skills.  What are visual skills? Humans...
How Effective Is Birth Control? Know Your Contraceptive Options!
How much do you really know about your birth control options? Which forms are the most effective? You go to the doctor and we tell you “use condoms every time you have sex!” Then we provide you with the small, yet highly relevant disclaimer, “but they’re not a guarantee against pregnancy so you should use another form of birth control." If condoms...
5 Signs Your Child Could Have a Learning-Related Vision Problem
The link between learning and vision cannot be overstated. In fact, research shows that 80% of learning happens through vision! This means that a vision problem can cause major setbacks for your child’s success in school. As a result, this can lead to frustration and poor self-esteem. If your children are performing below their potential in school, look for these...