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.

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

Back to School Lunch Ideas

Now that the kids are back to school, it’s a great time to spice up your cold lunches and learn more about the School Lunch Program, otherwise known as “hot lunch”.  There have been some changes to the School Lunch Program over the past few years and it’s always great to learn about the nutrition guidelines your … Read more

Build a Better Burger

National Burger Day is on August 27th this year.  Let’s take a look at some burger facts and learn how to build a better burger to celebrate!   As expected, beef and burgers from fast food restaurants is typically high in saturated fat which makes calories in a fast food burger add up quickly.  Not to mention … Read more

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Got Milk?-Navigating the Dairy Aisle

Lately there has been an explosion of alternatives to dairy products.  Cashew milk, almond milk yogurt, non-dairy nut cheese just to name a few.  Let’s look at the difference between some of these products and good old, regular milk. Milk from Mammals Dairy products have been getting a bad rap lately related to misconceptions about the use of … Read more

Eat Your Vegetables Day!

June 17th is Eat Your Vegetables Day! What a great way to kick off summer, the season of fresh produce.  Below are some great ideas on how to choose, store, and include more vegetables in your meals.   Recipes to include more vegetables in your meals: Avocado and Shrimp Salad Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti Black Bean & … Read more

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