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Center’s New Name Reflects Goal of Lifelong Change

January 25th, 2021

The Duke Diet and Fitness Center will now be called the Duke Lifestyle and Weight Management Center. The center’s director explains why the new name more accurately represents his team’s holistic approach to health. Darla Olson has lost 80 pounds in one year. She’s traded breakfast biscuits for fruit and yogurt parfaits. She’s walked five miles daily. And she’s embarked ...

How to Avoid Five Common Keto Mistakes for Weight Loss

January 7th, 2021

By Hailey Nicholson, Duke University Hospital Dietetic Intern with the supervision of the Duke Diet & Fitness Center Nutrition Team. There is no doubt that the keto diet, which is a high fat, moderate protein, very low carbohydrate diet, has recently become one of the most popular weight loss methods in the United States. Many people achieve great success, but ...

Make Resolutions Into Intentions

December 28th, 2020

By Kathy Murray - LCSW - Clinical Social Worker - Duke Diet & Fitness Center.  When the holidays end and the New Year arrives, many people are ready and eager to make positive life changes. That desire for change is often channeled into making New Year’s resolutions. But if you want to see big life results, perhaps you should start ...

Cooking Geek Product Review: 3 Kitchen Gadgets for Healthy and Delicious Home Meals

December 11th, 2020

By: Duke Diet & Fitness Center Nutrition Team Cooking meals at home is an important component of a healthy eating plan. But making healthy meals that actually taste good can be time-consuming and overwhelming— especially for cooks who don’t know a whisk from a spatula! But there’s good news for home cooks. Kitchen gadgets can help! Learn more about multi-cookers (like ...

Ancient Grains: What Are They and Why Should We Eat Them?

November 30th, 2020

By Ashley Rinehart, Student of North Carolina Central University’s Dietetics Program and Intern at Duke Diet & Fitness Center with the supervision of the Duke Diet & Fitness Center Nutrition Team. What’s an “Ancient” Grain? The Whole Grains Council loosely defines ancient grains as “grains that are largely unchanged over the last several hundred years.”   Ancient grains recently gained popularity in the ...

Exploring The Relationship Between Exercise and Immunity

November 30th, 2020

By Sadie Engelken, Duke Diet & Fitness Intern from Carroll University, and the Duke Lifestyle and Weight Management Center Nutrition Team. The immune system is the body's protection system. The body recognizes and defends against bacteria, viruses, and foreign and/or harmful substances to prevent or limit infection or disease. Regular exercise is an effective way to keep the immune system strong; ...

The Magic of Music on Exercise: Five Tips to Build the Perfect Playlist

November 3rd, 2020

Studies in sports and exercise have shown that music can improve performance in several areas. For instance, during repetitive exercise such as running, music can narrow a person’s attention away from sensations of fatigue. In other instances, it can be a stimulant before a competition or have a calming effect on anxious athletes. Music can often be an untapped source ...

Five Tips to Get Started on the Mediterranean Diet

October 5th, 2020

You may have heard that the Mediterranean Diet was named the best diet for 2019. Every year, health experts with U.S. News evaluate and rank various diets that are on the market. According to their report “to be top-rated, a diet had to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss and protective against diabetes and ...

Duke Diet & Fitness Center – Virtual Personal Training

July 21st, 2020

We are now offering a safe, non-contact personal training in partnership with the Duke Health & Fitness Center. Work with a trainer from the comfort and convenience of your own home or location of your choice. Our staff will assist you in developing good habits to achieve fitness goals. Virtual personal training sessions will be hosted in WebEx or ...

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