Welcome to North Country Nutrition & Wellness! My name is Ashley Wentworth and I am the Registered Dietitian here at Littleton Regional Healthcare. I firmly believe that good nutrition is essential to overall health and can prevent or help manage chronic diseases like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and more. Here you can find nutrition and wellness news, learn new cooking skills, and experiment with delicious recipes to help keep you healthy, or get on the right track.

International No Diet Day

Yes, you read that right! There is a holiday to celebrate NOT DIETING.  International No Diet Day was started by Mary Evans Young of Britain (an eating disorder survivor) and is celebrated on May 6th each year.  The purpose of this holiday is to encourage body acceptance, body shape diversity, promote a healthy life style, and raise awareness of the dangers … Read more

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Celebrate Screen Free Week!

Did you know? Most preschoolers spend 32 hours per week with screens and older kids usually spend more.  There are several risks associated with too much screen time like poor school performance, decreased physical activity, and problems with attention.  Screen Free Week is a campaign used to reduce screen time, especially for children.  Individuals, schools, and businesses have started … Read more

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In Season: Mango

Mangos are one of the most popular fruits in the world! They are mildly sweet and tangy, juicy, and just plain delicious.  They provide a lot of nutrition in small amounts and are a great addition to many recipes.  Mango can be used as an addition to salads, smoothies, yogurt, salsa, marinades, and much more! Look … Read more

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In Season: Pomegranate

Pomegranates are in season and probably on sale at your local grocery store.  What better time to learn a little bit more about them and how to prepare them! Pomegranates are full of delicious, sweet seeds and like most fruits contain lots of fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C.  Pomegranates also contain folate and vitamin K.  … Read more

Eating Disorder Awareness

February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month with a special celebration week from Feb. 25th through March 3rd.  Eating disorders are not well understood and stigmatized since they are a mental health disorder, making diagnosis and treatment difficult.  It is important to spread awareness of what eating disorders are and how to help those in need. … Read more

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Mindful Eating

January is World Mindful Eating Month.  Mindful eating allows us to follow cues from our bodies to determine what and when to eat.  This allows our bodies to be nourished and satisfied naturally from within instead of finding a diet or program to follow.  Check out this graphic to learn more about mindfulness and mindful eating: Mindfulness and … Read more

New Year, New Mindset

Happy New Year! About now most of us are trying to decide on a New Year’s Resolution, and most of us will choose something having to do with our weight, food, or exercise.  It’s great that we all want our health to become more of a priority but New Year’s resolutions don’t usually stick, and … Read more

Holiday Wellness Tips

The holiday season often brings joy and cheer, but it can also bring a lot of stress.  We are often over scheduled, over stimulated, over stuffed, and under budgeted from Halloween until New Year’s.  This combination is bound to create some stressful times, which can make us feel lousy and increase the chances of getting sick.  Let’s … Read more

CDE Guest Post! Diabetes Awareness Month

In honor of November being Diabetes Awareness Month, we are featuring a guest post from Littleton Regional Healthcare’s Certified Diabetes Educator, Lucy Gordon.  Check it out! Did you know 30.3 million Americans or 9.4% of the population have diabetes? Of the people with diabetes 95% of them have the type called Type 2. Type 2 … Read more

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Food Safety Education Month

September is Food Safety Education Month! About 48 million people get sick from foodborne illness every year and about 3,000 people die from this illness.  Anyone can get sick from a foodborne illness but people with weakened immune systems are especially at risk.  These populations include: Pregnant women Young children Older adults People with weakened immune … Read more