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Alert! Are you at risk for diabetes?

Written by Community Health Network on 3/24/2015 8:00:00 AM

Each year the American Diabetes Association hosts Alert Day. It's a one-day campaign dedicated to asking Americans to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and 25 percent of them do not even know they have it. An additional 86 million, have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. continue reading ...


Green eats for St. Patty's Day

Written by Dietitian and Nutrition Team on 3/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

Healthy St. Patty's Day foodsForget the shamrock shake and opt for celebrating St. Patty's Day the healthy way. Here are five green foods you can eat in celebration: 

Brussels sprouts
These tiny cabbages are packed with nutrients. Try recipes from our Pinterest board to cook brussels sprouts in new ways. continue reading ...

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Race day nutrition tips

Written by Dietitian and Nutrition Team on 10/11/2014 8:00:00 AM

Jackie Dikos is a registered dietitian and a certified specialist in sports dietetics.

Should or shouldn't you eat before your race? If you do eat, what should you have? Community Sports Medicine dietician, Jackie Dikos, provides race day nutrition tips for those runners taking on the Indianapolis and Indy Monumental marathons.

Before the race
Consider performance fuel first.

  • Aim for pre-race fueling to emphasize carbohydrate-rich food sources as well as a small source of protein. 
  • Limit the amount of slow to digest fat and fiber as part of pre-race eating. 
  • Carbohydrates – Protein - Fat - Fiber
Look for lemonade.
  • Aim for light colored urine before the start of the race as a sign of proper hydration.
During the race
Take two. 
  • Be sure to take two fluid cups at each aid station. A second cup of fluid will be very helpful if the first cup is inadequate at meeting hydration needs. 
  • Simply pinch the second cup shut while you drink from the first to minimize spilling. continue reading ...


Marathon training: Nutrition essentials

Written by Jackie Dikos, RD, CSSD on 8/8/2014 6:30:00 AM

A key component in marathon and half-marathon training is nutrition. Fueling your body for endurance is essential. Here is some advice from Jackie Dikos, registered dietitian and sports dietetics specialist at Community:

Eat carbohydrates.
Your body turns carbohydrates into glucose which gives you energy and fuels long, demanding training sessions. Carbohydrates are an essential part of a good endurance diet. Try to include a source of quality carbohydrates with each meal and snack. Oatmeal, whole grains and brown rice are a few examples. continue reading ...


Fair food: Making the right choices for you

Written by Robin Stahl, RD, CD on 8/2/2014 8:00:00 AM

Robin Stahl is a registered dietician at Community Health Network. 

Make healthy choices at the fair

When asking around the office what people love to eat when they attend the Indiana State Fair, I was not surprised to hear elephant ears, corn on the cob or lemon shake-ups. There's no doubt that Hoosiers love their traditional fair food.

It's easy, as a registered dietitian, to say that on your one trip the fair, you can let your stomach be your guide and eat what you want.  But these days, most foods are available year-round. Corn dogs and cotton candy are no longer just fair food. You can find them in the grocery store any time of the year. 

So, consider these parameters when choosing fair food:
  • Eat what you mentally and emotionally connect to the fair experience and value the food as a treat - something you truly only eat on a special occasion. (Elephant ears are an example.)
  • Eat what tastes good and you feel good about eating. In other words, eat what won’t make you feel sick and tired when you are trying to enjoy your time at the fair.
For those of you trying to stay healthy, you can find decent nutrition at the Indiana State Fair. Here are some food suggestions that will not leave you with stomachache: continue reading ...


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