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Children’s Weight Key to Health – Parents Can Make a Difference

Children’s Weight Key to Health – Parents Can Make a Difference

Childhood obesity is epidemic and a concern to many parents in the US because of what it means to health and well being now and in the future. Are you among those parents? Parents are not the only ones who have become active participants in helping our children become healthier and staying healthy throughout their…

My son is on a food jag! He will only eat chicken nuggets! Help! What can I do?

Kids often get stuck eating a particular food, mine did this too! It can be frustrating especially when you are also preparing meals for other family members. Food jags are not uncommon and usually last a short time. Pediatricians tell us that for a short period of time this will not affect their overall health…

Healthy People 2020 Initiative: Are You Headed in the Right Direction?

Healthy People 2020 Initiative: Are You Headed in the Right Direction?

We’re blasted from all sides by health message — do this, don’t do that — that can leave our heads spinning and confused about which issues are most important. So what do we do? Did you know that a listing of high priority health issues has been established by the US Health and Human Services,…

I have been hearing a lot about bad fats not really being bad in the news again. Which fat should I be avoiding?

It is true that there has been a bit of buzz lately about eating different types of fat. Some new research brings into question the need to avoid saturated fat. Let’s explore the types of dietary fat — the fat we eat and which are best for our health. Saturated fat is the type of…

Time for “Play Ball” – But Don’t Forget Healthy Eating at the Stadium

Time for “Play Ball” – But Don’t Forget Healthy Eating at the Stadium

“Take me out to the ball game…“ Who doesn’t love going to the ball park, especially when it means spending a great day with family and friends, cheering for the players, having fun with the mascots and enjoying some of the foods that are traditions at the venue? Unfortunately, we know that eating healthy in…

I have had diabetes for many years. One of my friends said there are classes at the hospital, will they help me?

That is a great question that I get asked very often from the older adults I help. Diabetes education programs are usually offered through a wellness center affiliated with a hospital organization. They have to meet national standards and accreditations in order to ensure they are providing quality care. They are open to the public…

I have heard that I should only buy food from the outside aisles of the grocery store where the fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and milk are found. What about all the food in the middle, like canned foods? Does this mean I can’t, or shouldn’t, use canned food?

The movement to use fresh, whole foods has gained momentum with a few popular diets. There are many healthy and nutritious food choices located in every grocery store aisle. We naturally want to use as many fresh food products, lean meat and low calorie dairy foods as we can but that doesn’t mean to stop…

Celebrating Frozen Food Month – Healthy Freezer Food Selections

Celebrating Frozen Food Month – Healthy Freezer Food Selections

From outer space to inside our kitchens – – did you realize that frozen foods began as a part of the space age when Apollo XII astronauts took frozen meals on their spaceflight? It puts those meals we buy for our freezer in a whole new light. President Ronald Reagan recognized in his proclamation commemorating…

Should I use sea salt instead of regular salt?

Deciding whether to use sea salt or table salt is a question I get asked a lot. If your doctor has recommended that you cut your salt intake due to a medical problem, it is best to use alternate seasonings that are salt free. Avoiding sodium is the goal. Both sea and table salt have…

My mother has been taking probiotic pills, are these helping her?

Probiotic are beneficial bacteria that help keep intestines healthy. They keep the harmful bacteria in check while increasing good bacteria. When your intestines have diminished good bacteria symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating, gas, and cramping can be felt. This often occurs after taking antibiotics. Probiotics can be found in different food products or in tablet…

Basics of Eating for Health & Nutrition – Understanding How

Basics of Eating for Health & Nutrition – Understanding How

Eating right is important to our health. We know that, but many of us, because we are busy, too often eat on the run, grabbing whatever is convenient to fill our bellies we are probably missing out on key nutrients. We don’t always have time to think about what we eat but we should put…

What is the difference between sugar and sugar alcohol?

Thanks for that great question. Many people are confused by these different types of ingredients. You will see them listed under carbohydrates on a nutrition facts label when you compare products. Sugar alcohols are ingredients used as sweeteners and bulking agents. They occur naturally in foods and come from plant products such as fruits and…

I have been diagnosed with diverticular disease for some years now. I have been told not to eat nuts and seeds but now I was told it is ok. Which is right?

Diverticular disease, often called diverticulosis or diverticulitis when it is acting up, is a common condition affecting one third of the population and two thirds of those over 85. It was thought that some indigestible fibers such as corn, seeds and nuts could get lodged into a pouch in the intestines causing an inflammation in…

Restaurant Menu Calorie Totals: Do They Influence Choices or Lifestyle?

Restaurant Menu Calorie Totals: Do They Influence Choices or Lifestyle?

Dining out is something most of us do at some point in the week or month or even just for a special occasion. For many it’s part of the daily routine, eating out is one aspect of the hustle and bustle of their fast paced lives whether in a full service or fast food dining…

I know I need to get more fiber but I don’t know which foods will help me. What are some foods I can eat to give me more fiber?

It is wonderful that you are trying to increase the amount of fiber you eat every day because most people don’t get enough in the foods they choose. The daily recommendations for fiber are 31-38 grams for men and for 21-25 grams for women and kids should have 14 grams of fiber for every 1000…



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Kathy Birkett RDN

Hi, I'm Kathy Birkett. I've been providing nutrition advice and education for many years to people in a variety of nutrition settings and have gained expertise that I would like to share with you and your family.


I am a registered, licensed dietitian with knowledge to help you achieve a sustainable lifestyle plan for both you and your family!


I have a passion for good health, nutrition and physical well-being for all ages. I want to help you in your wellness journey by providing nutrition and health information!


I encourage you to read my articles, ask a question or send me a suggestion that can help everyone as we walk the path of health together!


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