7 Dinners for $16

You’ve probably heard the news that food costs have been rising and will likely continue to increase. Since February, produce prices have grown by nearly 2%, and the index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs has risen by 0.4%. The spike results from higher gas prices, an increase in commodity prices, severe weather in the…

Mercury in Fish

It seems that health professionals are always telling us to eat more fish, but most people are aware that some species are too high in mercury, which causes damage to nerves and can lead to memory loss, irritability, and balance problems.  In 1953, 121 individuals became ill from mercury poisoning in Matamata, Japan. Twenty-three of…

Go Outside and Play

If you’re looking for an easy way to improve both your mental and physical wellbeing quickly and at no cost, bundle up if necessary and head outside. Ecopsychology is the study of how and to what degree nature impacts psychological wellness. There’s something to be said for taking a step (or a couple thousand) away…

The Wellbeing of Children and Adolescents During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Emotional Children’s worlds have shifted considerably in the past few months. Suddenly they are dealing with school and child care closures, being quarantined at home, not being able to see their friends, losing their routine, and changing family dynamics as parents begin to define what their new “work-life balance” looks like. Children are also struggling…

Coronavirus Fact or Fiction (with free handout)

Skip to the free handout. The rumors about Coronavirus and COVID-19 (the illness caused by Coronavirus) have led to panic, confusion, and frustration for many of us in recent weeks. For example, some people are saying that thousands more have died than we are being told, while others report that they believe the numbers to…

Some Ugly Truths About Weight Loss

There are some ugly truths about weight loss that many dietitians and health coaches avoid discussing. I choose to talk about them because I want people to understand why it’s so damn hard to lose weight and to stop immediately blaming themselves when their efforts don’t pay off. I know that this sounds depressing to…

Polypharmacy: A Growing Problem with Free Patient Handout

A new report has confirmed what many people already know – older adults are taking way too much medication. A study published in April 2016 in JAMA Internal Medicine exposed the fact that 38.5% of adults with an average age of 71 take at least five prescription medications. A total of 67.1% take five or…

5 Examples of How Social Determinants of Health are Being Used to Improve Wellbeing

“Social determinants of health” (SDoH) are much discussed in medical facilities and managed care companies these days. According to Healthy People 2020, SDoH are “the conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age, which affect one’s health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes.” Highly-cited statistics state that SDoH impact up to 90…

How Much Will Medical and Drug Price Transparency Help?

The truth is that there is no clear and concise way to explain how hospitals determine prices and negotiate with individual insurance companies. What you end up paying out of pocket has little to do with the price hospitals charge your insurer and more to do with how your insurance plan is built. For example,…