In Part 2 of our look at Northwestern University’s recent findings on portion control, Katie Horstmeyer, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian with Memorial Medical Center, answered questions on ways to practice healthy portion control under the USDA’s MyPlate guidelines.
Q: My friends and I go out to eat a lot. I want to eat healthy, but it’s hard for me to stray from the kinds of things they order. I don’t want them to tease me. What do I do?
Just when things were starting to look easy for the Chicago Bears, the team was hit with a little adversity on Sunday. After winning its fifth-straight game, the team announced that quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a throwing-hand thumb injury that would require surgery. The recovery timetable is still unclear, according to the Bears’ front office.
Brett Wolters, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the Orthopedic Group at Springfield Clinic and Memorial SportsCare, provided some insight into Cutler’s injury based on his professional experience in treating and repairing similar injuries.
Thanksgiving often is considered the Super Bowl of food consumption. The average Thanksgiving meal is 3,000 to 5,000 calories – that’s up to almost two-and-a-half times the total DAILY recommended amount of calories.
Yes, it’s a holiday, and yes you should splurge if you so choose. But if you are looking for ways to diminish the possible damage to your waistline, here are three tips to keep Thanksgiving a little more diet-friendly, from Memorial SportsCare sports enhancement specialist, Gabe Stinson.
The holidays provide us with numerous reasons to be stressed: the high expectations, the related costs, the time spent on preparation, and the numerous invitations to family, friend and work gatherings. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety or a major life transition, the holidays can be even more troublesome.
Thanksgiving is a holiday famous for over-indulgence. The typical holiday meal usually spans several hours and can easily exceed a day’s worth of calories. But by making a few simple substitutions, you can reduce calorie and fat intake while still enjoying traditional favorites. Here’s how:
Appetizers: Try pairing raw vegetables with salsa, or lighten up dip mixes with fat-free sour cream instead of cream cheese or full-fat sour cream. Serve this with a fresh fruit assortment and light vanilla yogurt for dipping to hold off even the hungriest of guests.
Just because the colder months have arrived, that’s no excuse to forego the idea of getting your flu shot. Plenty of vaccine still exists, and flu season isn’t expected to peak until after the new year. Dr. Rajesh Govindaiah, chief medical officer for Memorial Health System, explains:
Today is World Diabetes Day, a national initiative aimed to increase awareness of the disease, its symptoms and potential complications if not properly controlled. Dr. John Lee, a family medicine physician at South Sixth Medical Associates, provides insight on some of the more common questions people have about this condition.
This Saturday, Nov. 12, our community will have the chance to attend the grand opening of the new SportsCare facility inside the Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA. From 9 a.m to 4 p.m., you can be one of the first to get an inside look at the new Y.
WICS NewsChannel 20 recently visited the facility to give viewers an inside look before the doors open. The video is embedded below. Among the featured areas:
Osteoporosis – the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time – is a silent disease.
“Most people are unaware of their deteriorating bone health until they fracture a bone,” explains Jennifer Perkins, RN, coordinator of Memorial’s JointWorks, which oversees the care of more than 1,500 patients receiving hip or knee replacements each year.
Perkins says one out of two women are at risk for developing osteoporosis as well as one out of four men.
Sorry, Santa: Winter isn’t “the most wonderful time of the year” for most exercise enthusiasts.
“Exercising outdoors is tough when it gets cold,” says Dan Adair, MD, a Springfield Clinic orthopedic surgeon and co-medical director of Memorial’s SportsCare. “It’s not typically good for your respiratory system to be sucking in all that cold air.”
And yet continuing your exercise routine is a must, both to maintain your healthy lifestyle and to justify that extra piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.
During the switch from outdoor to indoor exercise, be aware of the impact on your body. Here are some tips from Adair: