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    Dairy is Undercover Nutrition

    It’s the new year, which means many of us are striving toward New Year’s resolutions. However, that often means seeking “the next best thing” which might be a new product or fad diet. Unfortunately, consumers are often willing to shell out money for the latest and greatest secret. These new fad diets and products are often impractical and in general, might not be very good for us.

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    Bring Beef to the Party!

    Tis the season for delicious cooking and while the parties are almost over, we have some ideas to help ensure you are well-equipped to bring the cheer to your New Year’s Eve party. Whether you have a date for a big bash or will ring in New Year a little more low-key with family and friends, when you arrive with a delicious beef appetizer recipe in hand, you’ll be sure to put the “happy” in “Happy New Year!”

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    Prime Rib Roast: Mastering a Holiday Classic

    It is a holiday classic and creates an amazing centerpiece for a holiday meal. But cooking a prime rib roast can be unnerving at best for some. Especially if they feel the added pressure to impress guests. The good news is – prime rib’s “wow” factor doesn’t mean it cooking it must be complicated or difficult.

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    Holiday Eating Game Plan

    Football may come to mind when you hear the phrase “its game time” but it can also relate to eating over the holidays. Many people may not realize that they will need their own game plan when it comes to eating. Food temptations are ever-present during the holidays which makes it hard to eat healthy and make wise food choices. However, you do not need to give up your favorite dishes to maintain your weight.

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    Better Choices, Better Health

    Cooperatively, the South Dakota Department of Health and SDSU Extension are launching Better Choices, Better Health® South Dakota (BCBH) in an effort to educate South Dakotans with chronic health conditions on ways to manage the impact of their disease on their daily lives. Individuals will learn coping skills to actively manage or co-manage their chronic condition and its impact on their lives.

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    Chronic Constipation

    Most of us can agree that constipation is not the most pleasant topic to discuss. Yet, if you are one of the many who suffer from the symptoms of constipation on an ongoing basis, is very important to discuss this with your healthcare team. Successfully managing the symptoms of chronic constipation is critical because the long term effects can have a profound impact on your well-being and ability to function.

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    Tips For Fast Wound Healing

    Did you know your nutritional status can greatly impact the way you heal a wound? Wounds can range from a cut, scratch, or scrape that breaks the skin. Most people can heal a wound quickly by keeping it clean and free of infection while some wounds, like pressure sores are more serious and often require medical attention. People who are bedridden, use a wheelchair frequently or who are unable to change their position are at higher risk for developing pressure sores.

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    Health & Wellness Resources for Adults

    The HealthySD website serves as one of the main hubs for South Dakota nutrition, physical activity and wellness opportunities, information and resources. The website breaks information down into 10 separate sectors: Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors, Parents, Schools, Workplace, Health Professionals, Communities, Childcare so visitors can access material most relevant to their personal or professional interest. Grant opportunities, toolkits, posters, healthy living tips and current research and recommendations are all accessible.

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    iGrow Readers

    To combat obesity among South Dakota’s youth, SDSU Extension developed iGrow Readers. A program which pairs children’s books, like Little Red Hen, Bread and Jam for Francis and Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun, with activities which promote healthy eating and physical activity. Our transdisciplinary team spent five years testing the program, The resulting data showed children who participated in iGrow Readers were more likely to try new foods and ask their parents for nutritional items when they grocery shopped together.

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    Understanding Diet and Inflammation

    Inflammation is a natural healing process in which our body responds to an injury or exposure to a harmful substance. For example, skin healing from a cut; however inflammation can be debilitating. Chronic inflammation is when the immune system attacks healthy tissue over an extended period of time. Inflammation can be associated with several chronic diseases including heart disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, etc.

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    Rethink Your Drink: Healthier Alternatives to Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

    Nearly 1 in 3 adults drink sugar-sweetened beverages such as regular soda, fruit drinks, sports and energy drinks, or coffee drinks daily. So how do you fight the tantalizing temptation of sugar-sweetened beverages? Try the following tips to ‘rethink your drink’ and choose a healthier alternative to your favorite sugary drink.

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    Sending Students to School on Hot Days

    The month of August, for some parents and students, means back to school in South Dakota. It also means that the hot summer temperatures may still be upon us. As the students head back, not all will experience the comfort of cool air in the classroom as many schools are not equipped with an air conditioning system. Keeping cool when temperatures are high isn't just about comfort. The absence of a cooling system can create sweltering temperatures inside the classroom that can lead to the development of a heat-related illness.

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    Hydrate: Before, During & After

    Staying properly hydrated is a very important aspect to a healthy diet, but is often underplayed as a critical component in nutrition. Athletes, non-athletes, children, adolescents and adults all need to stay properly hydrated to keep the body functioning optimally. One great mechanism to receive adequate intakes of fluids is through consumption of the wonderful nutrient, water.

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    Campfire Safety in Drought Conditions

    Recently, fire authorities in California announced that a large wildfire in their state was sparked by an illegal campfire that, although contained in a fire pit, was not completely extinguished. When drought conditions exist, as they currently do in many areas of western South Dakota, this simple act can result in catastrophic damage to land, wildlife, structures and human lives.

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    Do You Have an App for That?

    “Do you have an app for that?” is a valid question to ask now days due to the fact that there are so many different apps out there created to help make our lives easier. According to a report, more than 8,700 medical-related apps have been developed and around 9% of mobile users have apps to help them track their conditions or manage their health.

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    Fighting the Winter Blues

    Daylight savings brings upon early darkness, cold days, comfort foods and busy schedules. These new changes can bring a variety of feelings, one being a feeling of “winter blues”. With this feeling, exercise might be the last thing on your mind. Instead of falling into a winter slump and skipping your work outs, use the winter months as a time to refocus and set new goals for your health.

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    Exercise When You Have a Cold

    It’s that time of year again, sore throats and the sniffles seem to be abundant and hard to avoid. With a change in your normal health status, you may question how being sick influences your physical activity routine. Prevention is key and a great way to decrease the risk of getting sick is engaging in regular exercise. Studies have shown exercise helps our immune system fight small infections, like a cold.

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    Exercising Safely in the Heat

    July and August can be some of the hottest months in South Dakota. Along with a drastic change in temperature, many individuals participate in a variety of different sports and spend prolonged periods of time in the sun during this seasonal change. The human body serves as a great temperature regulator, but without practicing proper safety precautions, it is possible for the body to overheat.

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    Knowing When Pets Are Getting Too Hot: What to do about it?

    This week’s intense heat wave has many people reminding themselves about how to keep themselves safe from the heat and humidity – but people should consider those measures for their pets as well. Heat stress signs serve as an alert to animal owners that their pet’s body is working hard to cool itself down, and that more severe problems – such as heat stroke - may result if help is not provided.

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    Your Core’s Got Your Back!

    The spine is a support structure for the back, and a complex system of muscles that attach to the spine reinforce its strength and stability which keeps our bodies upright and mobile. Back pain is most commonly caused by strains to these muscles. Muscle strain is often induced because of weak core muscles which increases the amount of stress being placed on the spine. Core muscles are comprised of the muscles of the back, abdominals, and obliques. Strengthening these 3 muscle groups assists with alleviating back pain caused by muscle strains.

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    Exercise in the Water

    Many people participate in exercise to improve their health status, reduce disease risk, modify body composition and improve all around physical fitness. In order to receive the best results from an exercise routine, it is important to choose an exercise that uses the large muscles of the body in a continuous, rhythmical fashion, and that is relatively easy to maintain at a consistent intensity.

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    Revamping Holiday Favorites

    Tis’ the season for enticing winter holiday food to be everywhere we look, including magazines, television and social media. Photos often accompany holiday recipes that leave us with “visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads”. Traditional favorite recipes can help us make the holidays memorable for everyone, but it’s also important to take time to consider your needs as well.

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    Summer Frozen Treats

    The really warm days of summer make me think of the old saying, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” It’s hard to resist the temptation to stay cool with a tasty, frozen treat. While ice cream is a much-loved favorite of adults and kids, it is usually loaded with added sugars and sometimes fat. Homemade frozen snacks are a healthier option when you’re craving something sweet.

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    Berry Nutritious

    Strawberries are the most popular of all berries. Americans eat 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries each year, plus 1.8 pounds of frozen berries. Wild strawberries have been around since the times of the Greeks and Romans, but in more modern-day years, a wild meadow strawberry was first discovered in colonial Virginia. Strawberries are now grown in every state of the United States.

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    Seafood Savvy

    Most Americans get enough foods from the USDA’s Choose My Plate Protein Foods Group, but many could make healthier and leaner choices. Seafood is an excellent source of lean protein to include in a healthy eating plan. A healthy eating plan gives your body the nutrients it needs every day, while staying within your daily calorie goal. Proteins included in a healthy eating plan include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.

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    Healthy Pizza Choices

    It’s probably safe to say that at one time or another, pizza was your favorite food. Some individuals are so into it they truly believe happiness is a slice of pizza. The average American eats about 23 pounds of pizza annually (that’s about 46 slices). With 1 in 8 Americans eating pizza on any given day, pizza adds pizazz to meal planning.

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    Hearty Soups for Winter Weather

    There is nothing quite as good as a hearty bowl of soup to warm you up on a cold winter day. It can be inexpensive and convenient. Soup has been around since ancient times and was considered one of the first fast foods. Why not make soup ahead of time in large amounts so you can freeze and enjoy for more than one meal? Soup is a great way to eat a healthy meal in a hurry.

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