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5 ways to make date night healthier

With Valentine’s Day approaching, people are thinking about roses, chocolate, and of course, going out to eat. But date night can mean extra calories that add up to weight gain.

Updated: February 10, 2016 - 10:34 am
Finding motivation: What makes you want to quit makes this Omaha woman work out harder

What makes me, among other athletes, continue to get up and get moving day after day? What does it take to stay focused when things get rough, or when you simply get tired? 

Updated: February 08, 2016 - 10:19 am
10 vegetables kids should eat — but probably don't

Here are 10 common myths that mischaracterize vegetables - followed by facts about why these vegetables are worth a place on your child's plate.

Updated: February 07, 2016 - 2:04 pm
How to make the most out of your lunch hour for more energy

Regardless of what you are doing, you can still make your lunch hour a time for refueling your energy stores. 

Updated: February 09, 2016 - 12:59 pm
Why this Omaha mom fighting cancer loves chemotherapy

I love chemo days. They are my “attack days” when little ninjas are let loose in my body and fight off the bad guys, which is what my three little boys think. 

Updated: January 31, 2016 - 8:12 pm
Having a bad day at the gym? Here's what a local expert says you should do

Off days at the gym, like bad hair days, can do a number on your self-confidence. The reality is, that these days are normal.

Updated: January 27, 2016 - 11:05 am
An Omaha dietitian's No. 1 rule for better willpower, fewer cravings

How do I control myself around food? It is the most-asked question in my practice.

Updated: February 09, 2016 - 12:59 pm
How to squeeze in exercise on a busy schedule, plus a sample workout

Many people believe that it’s necessary to work out for hours a day to get healthy and more fit. And those who are unable to make this type of commitment tend to get discouraged, then neglect exercise altogether.

Posted: January 25, 2016
An alternative to counting calories; macronutrients explained

If counting calories isn’t your cup of tea, or it isn’t helping you lose weight, consider looking into what kinds of calories you are consuming.

Updated: January 26, 2016 - 2:25 pm
How to create healthy habits you can live with; tips from a Nebraskan who lost 152 pounds

What is standing in your way to living a healthy lifestyle? Are your habits aligned with your desire to live a healthier life? For many of us this is what is troublesome.

Posted: January 18, 2016
16 dietitian-approved tips for a healthier 2016

What better time than the new year to reflect on changes you can make to be healthier, trim down and firm up?

Posted: January 15, 2016
8 ways to encourage healthy habits in friends, family

If you have a spouse or friend who is attempting lifestyle changes, there are a few things to remember to ease this potentially stressful time.

Updated: February 02, 2016 - 12:36 pm
If you want to reach your health goals 'yesterday,' read this

Many of us have some pretty great and grand ideas for the new year but, let’s face it: Most of us lose our motivation fairly quickly.

Posted: January 12, 2016
The key to cold-weather running

How cold can you run outside and what things do you need to take into consideration? When should you turn to a treadmill? Keep the following in mind.

Updated: February 05, 2016 - 2:18 pm
Is the January gym mob as bad as the DMV? How to cope with overcrowding

It’s like clock-work. Every January. New year, new people at the gym. They make their New Year’s resolutions. They vow to exercise. They buy a gym membership or get one for Christmas.

Updated: January 07, 2016 - 4:52 pm
Omaha dietitian explains how to reset your diet, fitness flubs in the new year

It’s time to start over, hit the reset button and get motivated. If December and holiday eating was a disaster remember that was then, and this is now!

Updated: February 02, 2016 - 12:36 pm
Omaha pro athlete shares 6 tips to make working out something you enjoy

Going to the gym isn’t the only way to maintain your fitness. Maybe you like to be outside. Maybe you like to play sports. Maybe you like to swim. Whatever it is, it’s time to rediscover your passion for being active.

Updated: January 26, 2016 - 4:19 pm
16 small diet tweaks that can make a big difference to your waistline

Getting into a complicated diet routine, restricting yourself and counting every little detail can be overwhelming. Try making some small changes, and you will decrease your calorie intake without missing much.

Updated: February 09, 2016 - 12:59 pm
Doc explains why you're so stressed this time of year; tips to cope in healthier ways

Stress, anxiety and depression tend to increase the level of stress-related hormones called cortisones in your blood which can cause hypertension, increased blood sugar levels, high lipid levels and an elevated heart rate.

Posted: December 30, 2015
These health conditions take their names from the holiday season

Beyond holiday fevers and Christmas blues, there are a few health conditions that specifically take their name from the upcoming season.

Posted: December 24, 2015
The 3 worst holiday health mistakes people make and how to avoid them

There are a lot of ways people overindulge during busy seasons, but there are a few that can have long-lasting effects on your body. Here are three of the most detrimental mistakes people make during the holidays and how to avoid them.

Posted: December 23, 2015
Dr. Google doesn't always have the right answer; where to turn for reliable health info online

Unfortunately, we can run into trouble with Google when it comes to health questions. Google pulls up the most popular answers, and they’re not always the correct answers.

Updated: December 30, 2015 - 10:29 am
Why it's important to lose weight the healthy way

People often try to lose weight without a clear understanding of how to do it safely.

Posted: December 21, 2015
It's the healthiest option but doesn't always come naturally: 10 tips for better breastfeeding

Most new moms know that breast milk is the best, healthiest option for baby. But what surprises many women is that breastfeeding does not always come naturally.

Updated: December 18, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Nebraskan who lost 152 pounds shares how to set manageable, meaningful goals for new year

It’s important all of your resolutions and goals are SMART. This was a goal-setting tool that Chris and Heidi made sure I used when I brainstormed goals for myself on “Extreme Weight Loss.”

Updated: January 15, 2016 - 11:31 am

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