Eat Smart For The Holidays

Frosted cut-out sugar cookies. Green bean casserole. Homemade fudge. With an abundance of delicious foods at holiday gatherings and office parties, it’s hard not to overeat. BCBSND Wellness Services Team Leader Lori Howard offers six strategies to help you keep on track at those special events during the holidays. She is a licensed, registered dietitian.…
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Simple Steps To Improving Your Health

We live such busy lives that it seems like we’re always running somewhere. Yet we rarely actually lace up the sneakers and go for a run. It’s easy to put off exercise and healthy eating as we rush through our busy lives. But with as many as 50 million Americans living sedentary lifestyles, it’s as…
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How To Provide A Nutritious Breakfast

Mornings are often rushed, especially if you have kids getting ready for school.  But research shows it’s important to make time for breakfast. Kids who eat breakfast perform better at school.  Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Wellness Services Team Leader Lori Howard shares tips to provide a nutritious breakfast for kids (and adults).…
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How To Help Kids Eat Right For Breakfast

Now that your children have settled into their school routine, it’s time to pay a little more attention to breakfast. This meal is very important because your body has been fasting all night as you sleep and it is ready to break its fast in the morning.  Kids need to get that extra fuel in…
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Childhood Obesity Dropping Elsewhere, But Not In North Dakota

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that obesity rates for preschool aged children dropped in 18 states between 2008 and 2011. The news was celebrated, as it showed that for the first time in decades some states were making progress in reducing childhood obesity. But North Dakota is among…
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