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What Is Environmental Restructuring? And How Can It Help You Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

March 24th, 2022

By Elisabetta Politi, RDN, Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center. If you raised your eyebrows when you first heard of environmental restructuring, you are in good company. In the world of behavioral change, environmental restructuring refers to modifying the physical environment around someone to influence health outcomes. Re-designing a work cafeteria to emphasize healthy foods is an example of environmental ...

Planning for a Healthier Holiday Season

November 22nd, 2021

By: Christine B. Tenekjian, MPH, RDN, LDN, NBC-HWC, Dietitian Clinician, Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center, and Kim Ha, Dietetic Intern at Duke Hospital. As the weather becomes colder and the leaves are changing color, the holidays seem to be right around the corner. With this, there may be mixed emotions of anxiety, joy, and confusion around food. Anticipating and ...

Improve Core Strength and Posture with Chair Pilates

November 4th, 2021

By: Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Team Pilates, a form of exercise and body conditioning that focuses more on muscle tone than building muscle mass, is a great way to strengthen your core. Pilates specifically focuses on isolating and relaxing muscle groups, strengthening them with control and breath. Get the benefits of a Pilates session without any complicated gear with ...

Healthy Convenience Foods that Require No Cooking or Prep Time

October 21st, 2021

By Kira Jennings, MS and Christine Tenekjian, MPH, RDN/LDN, NBC-HWC In our ever-changing world, many of us are struggling with our lives getting increasingly busy again. We are always seeking foods that are convenient and require little to no cooking/prep time. There are plenty of food options that are nutritious and able to contribute to balanced meals for these lifestyles. To have ...

Your Burning Questions About Heart Burn Answered

July 20th, 2021

By Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Medical Team GERD is the medical term for Acid Reflux and the common description is’ heartburn’. This condition has nothing to do with anyone’s heart burning. GERD is the acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease. For a variety of reasons, the acidic contents of the stomach leak up into the esophagus where the acidity is ...

Meal Preparation: Starting Simple

May 28th, 2021

Meal preparation is the process of planning and preparing whole meals ahead of schedule. The initial time investment for meal planning and preparation can be daunting, but the benefits outweigh the challenges. Meal prep can help you:

  • Control your portions
  • Increase your fruit and vegetable intake
  • Save time cooking during the week
  • Save money. All of these benefits also contribute to
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Eating for Mental Health: How What We Eat Can Affect Our Mood

May 13th, 2021

By Isabella Swiecicki – Dietetic Intern, Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center. Over a year has passed since COVID 19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). For many, the challenges caused by the pandemic go beyond the threat of physical infection, emphasizing the need to address mental health as a measure of wellbeing. The US Census Bureau ...

Six Ways to Make Water Fun

April 28th, 2021

By Isabella Swiecicki - Dietetic Intern, Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center. The weather is getting warmer. We are starting to head outside more often. Stay hydrated and increase your water intake with these six simple flavor ideas. Add Fresh Fruit

  • Fruit adds some fresh and natural sweetness.
  • Craving something sweet? Add strawberries,
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March is National Nutrition Month!

March 8th, 2021

By Nicole Muller, Dietetic Intern at Meredith College and the Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center Nutrition Team. Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates nutrition and food and encourages everyone to spend some time learning how to make the best choices for themselves! This year's theme is "Personalize Your Plate". Through each bite of food you eat, ...

Explore Plant-Based Eating

February 22nd, 2021

By: Marnie Stober, Dietetic Intern, Meredith College and the Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center Nutrition Team. Plant-based eating has become a popular lifestyle change in the past few years as people have noticed the health benefits, from weight loss/management to a decreased risk of heart disease, it can provide. However, plant-based is a broad term that could include a ...

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