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Tag Archives: Diabetes Education

Strawberries are a sign of Spring!

by Joan Bahr, MS RD CDE, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator at Southwest Health Imagine a plump, succulent, beautiful red strawberry! Is your mouth watering? Strawberries are a delicious fruit – but did you know they are also VERY nutritious? First, here’s some strawberry facts that might shock you! Ninety percent of US households eat [read more]

Making breakthoughs every day

Southwest Health Family Physician Aditya Sukhwal, MD, MS, FAAFP has been awarded a grant of $4000 from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Badwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment to positively impact community health by studying the impact of diet and exercise on patients with diabetes. With both the grant and the assistance of fourth year students from [read more]

WE DID IT! Small steps and a kind coach helped Jaime lose 202 pounds.

“I had a really great childhood,” Jaime Bies says with a beaming smile. With confidence and energy she hasn’t felt since her weight began to roller coaster after high school, she now eagerly shares the story of her struggle with being overweight and the impact it’s made on her life. “I wasn’t so overweight when [read more]

ASPARAGUS – A SPRING VEGETABLE.

By Joan Bahr, MS RD CDE -Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator at Southwest Health. What is that peeking out of the grass? Asparagus. Finally spring is here and the asparagus is sprouting. May is National Asparagus Month and it can be found along fence lines, in gardens, at farmers’ markets, and also in the [read more]

Kids in the kitchen. Creating bonding and education.

By Joan Bahr, MS, RD, CDE Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at Southwest Health Cooking may soon be a lost art. More and more people are eating out; fewer high schools are offering cooking classes; and processed foods are everywhere. But there is still an opportunity for parents (and grandparents) to change this trend. [read more]

So…do I have Diabetes or Not?

What to do with a pre-diabetes diagnosis. By Sandy Andrews, RN, CDE at Southwest Health The numbers don’t lie—1 in 3 American adults have prediabetes and only 1 in 10 knows they have it! But prediabetes is a very common condition that can be prevented or improved with lifestyle changes and education. Let’s face it; [read more]

Family Meal Time…YES, It’s Important!

By Joan Bahr, MS, RD, CDE at Southwest Health Between work, chores, activities, and more it can be hard to make time to sit down at the table together and eat as a family; especially when everyone’s schedules are different. We may all have the best intentions when thinking about planning a family mealtime, but [read more]

New Eating Guidelines Made Simple

by Joan Bahr, MS, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator at Southwest Health Americans now have new Dietary Guidelines thanks to the Federal Government… and you may be curious what that all means for you! Every five years the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and of Agriculture (USDA) must jointly publish a report [read more]

A Healthy Holiday – Is it possible?

by Joan Bahr, MS RD CDE We are in the midst of the holiday season. Is your healthy lifestyle surviving? The average person struggles with a holiday weight gain of up to 2 pounds (Per New England Journal of Medicine). The unfortunate part of this seasonal weight gain is that it isn’t likely to disappear with the [read more]

So you have diabetes? Here’s what you need to know.

by Sandy Andrews, RN, CDE You have just visited your provider for your annual check-up, and labs reveal an elevated blood sugar. It’s at a level, you are told, that meets the criteria for a diabetes diagnosis.  How can that be?  How can you have diabetes and feel so good?  “I just can’t have diabetes,” [read more]