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.

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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Get Grillin’

Now that the snow is finally gone, it’s time to dust off the grill. Last year, we shared some tips on how to keep food safe when grilling which you can review here.  This year, we’d like to share some other grill tips with you: How to get the right grill temperature and more. How … Read more

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Food Allergy Awareness Week

May 13-19 is Food Allergy Awareness Week, sponsored by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education).  About 50 million Americans have food allergies.  Allergies can occur at any age and even to foods you have eaten in the past.  There are 8 foods that make up the majority of food allergies: eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, … Read more

Move More for April!

April is Move More Month sponsored by the American Heart Association.  Studies have shown that a sedentary lifestyle puts us more at risk for developing chronic diseases and heart failure.  Here are some tips on how to get moving!          

National Nutrition Month: Go Further With Food

March is National Nutrition Month! #NationalNutritionMonth National Nutrition Month began in 1973 as National Nutrition Week.  With the increased interest in nutrition it became a month long celebration in 1980 and is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).  The Academy’s mission is to promote optimal nutrition and well-being for all people by advocating for its … Read more

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Eating Disorders Awareness Month

#NEDAwareness February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month with a special week Feb. 26th through March 4th. It is estimated that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives.  Statistics show that: 0.9% of women and 0.3% of men had anorexia during their life 1.5% … Read more

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Break Up With Salt for Heart Health Month

February is Heart Health Month! This month is the perfect time to start thinking about ways to reduce your blood pressure and other risks for cardiovascular disease. Watch this video from the American Heart Association to learn about blood pressure: Know your numbers! Here are the guidelines for blood pressure from the American Heart Association:   … Read more

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