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I shared this on our Facebook page, but thought I’d post here on our site too for those who don’t have Facebook. I came across a great article about the hot topics of “clean eating,” GMOs, and organic foods. I couldn’t have said it better myself….take a read if you’re interested in this topic! I included a few of my favorite parts from the article below.


“Meanwhile, after years of research, GMOs are agreed to not only be safe, but in many cases also more nutritious than their non-GMO counterparts, D’Orazio says. Not only has no one ever died from eating a GMO, but GMO crops are in fact a tool that can help save many of the 3.1-million children who die of malnutrition each year. “

“At the end of the day, weight loss, gain, or maintenance is calories in, calories out,” Lowe says. Years of scientific research agrees. “Claiming something like a non-GMO or organic food will help you lose more weight is like me saying ‘what’s the alignment of the stars, and which alignment are you born under, and then I’ll tell you whether you can lose weight or not,'” Lowe says.”






IBS Support Group Meeting Notice

A support group for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 26th at 6:30pm in the west conference room at Prairie Lakes Hospital.

The group works to educate those who are living with IBS and to increase awareness of the disorder. IBS is a functional bowel disorder characterized by recurrent abdominal pain and diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both. There is no cure for IBS.

The support group was formed a year ago. It focuses on sharing experiences and discussing symptom management. The July 26 meeting will include a discussion of diet, exercise, stress management, and medications to treat and manage IBS symptoms.

There is no cost to attend. Everyone is welcome!

To learn more contact Bruce Ford at 880-5213.












Summer is the perfect time to grill! Everyone loves to grill but there are some important food safety issues to be aware of when grilling. First off it is crucial that you keep raw meats/poultry and cooked meats/poultry separate. Have an extra clean plate (not the one that had the raw meats) next to the grill to place the cooked meats on. Make sure to keep hot food hot and cold foods cold, and transport any food in the car and not in the trunk especially in these hot months. Have a meat thermometer next to you and make sure your meats reach the appropriate temperature. Keep meats and fruits/vegetables separate on your grill, so raw meats do not contaminate the fruits/vegetables. Have a safe grilling season and remember your food safety! Refer to the infographic below for more grilling food safety tips plus the temperature all your meats should get to.

-Written by Elizabeth Honner, SDSU Dietetic Student

References: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


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Wanting some fun ideas for your family to get your daily exercise in? The weather is nice and your kids have a bunch of energy built up… why not use it and do some family activities!

  1. Sign your kid up for a local sport or swimming lessons. Whether it is little league or teaching your kid to swim on their own, they are both great activities to get your kid after and catch up with some school or neighbor friends that are on the same team.
  2. Schedule a night to go on a family walk, run, bike ride, or a family sports night.
  3. Go on a hike or walk through the park, and have your kids make a list of their 10 favorite things they saw on the walk.
  4. Invite some friends over and have a dance party. It helps their kids stay active with their friends!
  5. Can’t seem to get your kids away from the screen? Turn the commercial breaks into exercise opportunities by incorporating jumping jacks, sit-up, or a variety of exercises until the show comes back on.
  6. Do a walk/run race in your community. There are always plenty of 5K races in the community throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
  7. Work on a family garden. Your kids will love digging in the dirt and it gives your kids a chance to see where their food comes from. Plus, you can harvest the food you grow and your little ones might want to try what they grew! This is a great way to introduce new fruits and vegetables!

Just a few ideas to get the kids active throughout the summer!

Elizabeth Honner- SDSU dietetic student


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High School for the first few years was tough for me. As I mentioned in my last post, as a twin, and being small, it was a little tougher for us to get adjusted. Our sophomore year was really tough. There were a group of kids who liked to single us out, and they had the same lunch period as we did. We would get harassed all the time, they would throw food at us, and it did not matter what we otherwise tried to do, it did not change, until one day just before Thanksgiving. This particular day they were throwing food again, and I got hit in the head with an apple. I had taken enough! I had a banana, and stood up, and went over to the kid who threw the apple, and smashed into his hair, and then I threw the first punch. We managed to get several more hits in each before it was broken up, and long story short, we both got expelled for three days. But you know what…it all ended after that. No more harassment, no more food throwing…it ended! I like to think they realized I was not going to take it anymore, or maybe that first punch actually hurt…who knows. I did not care, it was done.
I was still trying to do some running on my own at that time, but still felt intimidated. I did not think I would be good enough. I think deep down I just did not have the confidence in myself to believe it. My Junior year went by, and nothing really changed. Then the Summer before my senior year, I did more running. I ran quite a few different 5k and 10k races, including the Diet Pepsi 10k race that changed my outlook. I finished right behind 5 other Washington High School Cross Country runners, and all of us were within 10 seconds of each other. I felt like I could actually compete. I decided after that I was going to go out for Cross Country no matter what, or regret my whole life not participating in sports in High School. I had a very good coach, Coach Dick Brook. He helped me believe in me! I owe a lot of this to him. He was bringing out the best in me, and it took me awhile to realize this. I remember him like it was yesterday. Whoever says coaches/teachers don’t make a difference doesn’t know what they are talking about. He had many motivating speeches and talks, and this definitely made an impression on me. I had a great senior year in Cross Country and Track…memories to last forever as well.

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That running experience gave me lots of time to think, plan, socialize, make even more friends, and build confidence in me…confidence to believe in myself, and to stand up for myself. Later in Track that Senior year, this same kid who I had gotten in a fight with my Sophomore year, wanted to go out for track. I beat him so bad in the first race that he ended up quitting after that. I did not want him to quit…after all, I would have liked to have beat him many more times in races (ha!), but it was not meant to be!

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When you are surrounded by crowds during a race, and pushing yourself to keep going, and to dig deeper than you ever thought you could, you feel like you can take on the world. I am running right behind the front runner in this picture. This was a JV race I was in, and following this race, I got moved onto the Varsity team. In Cross Country, when it came to deciding who was going to go to the State Meet, only the top 7 runners count for team scoring. You were allowed to take 2 alternates in case somebody got sick or hurt. I was the first alternate…this after only going out for the first time my Senior year. The year only got better as I learned so much about running, training, getting in shape, what it took to be involved, and many life lessons.

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Coach Brook would always give us a pep talk before we lined up for each race. In this picture, I am right in the middle, at the front. Those speeches got you going, and made you believe in yourself. He always talked about “intestinal fortitude”–When the going gets tough, do you settle for something less than your best effort? Or can you endure some pain and discomfort and stay ahead of your nearest opponent? Just like life! Life always has big challenges. Are you going to keep pushing yourself, and just settle for ok? This coach had a huge influence on me…an influence I will never forget. Coach Brook had a speech framed on his wall of his office, and it was written by a Coach Ray Graham. Now, I don’t remember who Coach Graham was, but I remember my coach. This speech was the following:

“Cross Country is a sport which requires no specific physical endowments. Anyone can excel who has the desire to run, and the will power to keep running past the point when it seems the price is too much to pay for the rewards received. This athlete works hard, while realizing they will receive little praise, as Cross Country is not a glory sport. Their rewards are the few seconds they shave from their last effort, the spirit of competition, and the sense of accomplishment from hard work and a job well done. In learning to endure physical work beyond the point of discomfort of pain, the Cross Country athlete gains psychological advantage. They are better able to handle their mental processes in all aspects of their life. These are the lessons of a sport that will last a runner a lifetime!”

Perfect! Any runner knows this! To all my friends on our Watertown Area Run Club…you get what running does for you! You get what it takes to accomplish your goals, the work you have to put in to do it. The life lessons learned by this are countless! The influence coaches and teachers have on us growing up can either make us or break us. Coach Brook…I will remember you forever! Thank you! I have been running ever since, with no foreseeable end in sight! The “intestinal fortitude” lives on. The confidence and determination running taught allowed me to accomplish what I have done so far in my life! I firmly believe running helped me not only become a doctor, but become the kind of doctor I am!

Keep moving everybody…whether running, biking, walking…whatever…just keep moving!

Dr. Dan

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