Food & Eating

Reasons to Enjoy Your Local Farmer’s Market

By Breanna Callahan, Marketing Coordinator I love farmer’s markets. Strolling through the park on a sunny Saturday morning picking out delicious produce and beautiful flowers. What’s not to love? Let me share with you a few reasons I enjoy visiting farmer’s markets. Buy Local When you visit a farmer’s market, you are supporting friends and [read more]

Rhubarb is a sign of Spring!

By Joan Bahr, Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Imagine a beautiful rhubarb pie! Or delicious rhubarb sauce!  One sign of spring is this beautiful green plant with red stalks. Have you checked the rhubarb plant in your yard?  Rhubarb makes excellent desserts, sauces, and jams/jelly. Is Rhubarb a fruit or a vegetable? In the botany world, [read more]

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Enjoy Picnic Food Safely

By Katelyn Schobert, Dietitian The weather is warming up, making it more possible to enjoy time with family and friends outside. A common outdoor activity is going to picnics. Picnics are a great way to get out to enjoy fresh air, nature, and the company of others. However if not properly prepared, picnics can pose [read more]

Sticking to your health-related goals for 2021

By Andy Stader, Physician Assistant at the Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health As we transition into the New Year, a lot of us will make some changes to take control of our health, especially after the wild year that was 2020. Many of us will set a resolution to eat better and exercise in early [read more]

Berries: healthy and delicious!

by Katelyn Schobert, Southwest Health Dietitian We are celebrating Berry Fest virtually this year, offering kids the chance to complete our online Passport to Fun ( and giving you some ideas on how to enjoy berries at home. Common types of berries include blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and cranberries. These can be eaten fresh, frozen, [read more]

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Red Meat: Ok In Moderation

Every time we eat, we expose ourselves to risk. Food could arrive from a contaminated farm, a food-handling mistake could get someone sick, or eating too much of a favorite food could increase your chances of having a heart attack. We often hear about the risks of an unhealthy diet, but what does it mean [read more]

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Not a fan of water? Become one!

By Breanna Callahan, Marketing Coordinator I have never been a fan of drinking water. I struggle to even come close to drinking the amount daily that you are supposed to. So, I decided to do a little exploration to help convert myself and maybe even you into a water-drinker. Benefits We’ve all been told, “You [read more]

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A Love Story

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications I am in a long-term relationship that’s really good for me, but it hasn’t always been like that. It was a rocky road for many years. The relationship I have now is healthy for me because I not only really enjoy our time together but also know [read more]

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Beyond Thirst: Signs You’re Dehydrated

The average human is about 60% water. True. Dehydration (when your body does not have enough water to function properly) can cause blood clots, seizures, and other potentially fatal health issues. That’s unfortunately true, too. In fact, even mild dehydration can cause problems, so everyone should know about the not-so-obvious signs of dehydration that don’t [read more]

Eat To Remember: The 10 best foods for a quick mind and strong body

by Healthbeat Committee at Southwest Health You think of food to fuel your workouts, but it also can improve your brainpower! A study from Rush University in Chicago found that adults who followed a heart-healthy diet reduced their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 50% compared to those who didn’t. The diet, a hybrid of [read more]