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 high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and more. I also believe in providing weight neutral care and that all foods can fit in meal plans. 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.

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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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!