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Do You Know How to Go Further With Food?

by Julia S. Buckley, MS, RD

Posted on March 20, 2018

March marks the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign focused on the importance of making informed food choices and promoting healthy eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Go Further with Food” and it encourages us to not only start our day with a healthy breakfast, but to be mindful of our food choices, meal planning and meal preparation in an effort to reduce food loss and waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home and how to cut back on your food waste will help us all to “Go Further with Food” while also saving nutrients and money. 
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Heart-Healthy Soup for Valentine’s Day

by Nikole Gavriilidis, MS, RD, CDE

Posted on February 14, 2018

Do you need some ideas on how to warm your Valentine’s heart this February? Why not try this heart-healthy soup in honor of American Heart Month! Simmering with flavor and packed with vegetables, this soup will become your sweetheart’s winter favorite. The featured ingredient is butternut squash, a seasonal vegetable that is a great source of vitamin A. Vitamin A plays an essential role in immune function, which is crucial during these cold winter months. Butternut squash is also a good source of fiber. A half-cup serving of butternut squash has three grams of fiber, which helps keep you full longer.  
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Meal Planning Made Easy

by Janet Brancato, MS, RDN, Valley Dining

Posted on January 23, 2018

We all know that cooking is much healthier than frequent eating out or take out because a home cook is more in control of the ingredients and portions. Unfortunately, it can be much easier with a busy schedule to do the latter. I have many clients that struggle with planning, shopping, and cooking during the week, when the schedule is fast paced and time is limited.
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Healthy Eating — Tips for the Holiday Season

by Janet Brancato, MS, RD, Outpatient Registered Dietitian

Posted on December 1, 2017

This holiday season is a great time to try new recipes and make healthy recipe substitutions to continue your wellness goals.
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Are You Guilty of Overeating During the Holidays? Check Out These Simple Ways to Beat Weight Gain

by Meredith Urban, MS, RD, CDN, The Center for Metabolic Surgery and Weight-Loss Management, The Valley Hospital

Posted on January 10, 2017

As we look forward to the fresh start that a new year brings, many of us will also be struggling with the addition of the unwanted pounds we’ve gained during the holidays. In my role as a bariatric nutritionist, I have acquired a few tips and tools that can help you get back on track—and, hopefully, back to your goal weight!
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Tips for Dealing with Candy Overload

by Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar, M.D., Director, Center for Pediatric Wellness and Weight Management, Valley Medical Group

Posted on October 30, 2016

While many kids wait all year for Halloween to come, their parents dread the annual sugar overload! But there are ways to let your kids enjoy their trick-or-treating loot without overindulging.
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Back to School Lunches: A Key Part of Your Child’s Health and Education

by Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar, M.D., Pediatric Wellness & Weight Management

Posted on August 30, 2016

Getting the kids ready to go back to school often involves shopping for school supplies, new clothes and attempting to get everyone back into a normal sleep routine. However, another key part of ensuring that your kids are prepared to tackle the new school year is sending them to school with a healthy lunch. And, fortunately, packing a healthy lunch is easier and faster than you might think!
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Your Farmers Market Guide

by Valley Health System

Posted on August 2, 2016

You've heard, "Eat your fruits and vegetables," since childhood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's good advice. Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. With more farmers markets taking root across the U.S., buying fresh is easier than ever.
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The Truth about Children and Gluten-Free Diets

by Katherine Orellana, DO, Childrens Services, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Diana Volpert, MD, Childrens Services, Pediatric Gastroenterology

Posted on July 5, 2016

The popularity of a gluten-free diet, or GFD, has increased dramatically over the past 10 years. “While in some cases, going gluten free is a health necessity, in most cases it’s not. For people who don’t have celiac disease or a wheat allergy, children especially, there is no data supporting the presumed health benefits of a GFD. In fact, the opposite may be true in certain cases, particularly when the diet is followed without the guidance of an experienced registered dietitian or physician” explains Katherine Orellana, D.O., Pediatric Gastroenterology, Valley Medical Group.
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March is National Nutrition Month: Does Your Diet Measure Up?

by Joseph R. Juliano, DTR, Manager of Clinical and Community Nutrition, The Valley Hospital

Posted on March 15, 2016

Although there is increasing awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet to support physical wellness and longevity, Americans of all ages are still struggling to achieve optimal nutrition. 
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