Like you, we’re keeping an eye on news – especially the bits that could affect our health or the well-being of our families. But let’s face it, those stories don’t always get to what it means. That’s why the Premier Health Now team came up with this idea to give you more insights into the headlines you and your friends will be talking about. Whether the story is close to home or far away, whether it causes worry or makes you smile, we invite you to check in with Premier Health Now to get the "so what" behind the day’s news.

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Stories in Nutrition

Meatless Fast Food: A Whopper Of a Trend

May 7 | Comments | Nutrition

When Wendy’s restaurants famously asked, “Where’s the beef?”, who could have anticipated that a generation of hungry consumers would start asking where it isn’t? Last month, Burger King began test marketing a vegetarian burger in a limited number of its franchises. The response was more than...

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Can Taxes Reduce the Sweet Allure of Sugary Drinks?

April 8 | Comments | Nutrition

Sugary drinks lure us with their sweetness. Then sock us with calories that often bring on weight gain and health threats like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. What’s the answer to reducing this risk and our intake of sodas, sports drinks, and juice? One approach: recent...

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The Promise and Perils of Fad Diets

February 28 | Comments | Fitness, Self-Improvement, Nutrition

If you’re thinking about jumping into a quick-fix fad diet because you heard a friend of a friend lost a lot of weight on it, hold that thought. Set yourself up for success. Join Dr. Joe Northup and nutritionist Diana Weathers on this Premier Health Now On-Air podcast to learn how to spot which...

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I Won’t Drink to That: Dry January Movement Grows in Popularity

January 11 | Comments | Self-Improvement, Nutrition, Sleep

As 2019 begins, the only thing that may be more synonymous with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne” is the customary practice of making — and then breaking — New Year’s resolutions. Though you may be resigned to the idea that you may never live up to the promises you make before the clock strikes 12, a...

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‘This I Resolve’: Step by Step to a Healthier 2019

12/31/2018 | Comments | Fitness, Self-Improvement, Nutrition, Emotional Health, Sleep

Despite good intentions, many New Year’s resolutions – like losing weight, eating better, getting fit and quitting cigarettes – don’t survive the year. Often that’s because resolutions are unrealistic. And so general you can’t get your arms or mind around them.Dale Block, MD, of Premier Family Care...

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CDC: Say No To The Dough!

12/12/2018 | Comments | Safety, Nutrition

It’s the time of year for holiday baking — and for a food safety refresher. Many of us may sneak a taste of raw sugar cookie dough, or let our kids lick the chocolate cake batter from mixing beaters. That’s not such a healthy move, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Raw flour can...

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Should You Hold the Burger to Fight Antibiotic Resistance?

10/26/2018 | Comments | Nutrition

All but two of the Top 25 burger chains in the U.S recently received failing grades for their efforts to serve antibiotic-free beef in a report card from a group led by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Should you be concerned? Antibiotics are essential to fighting and preventing...

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Why You and Goldfish Need to Call It Quits – For Now

7/27/2018 | Comments | Illness, Nutrition

Toddlers call them “fishies.” But you can call them “temporarily unavailable.” This week Pepperidge Farm issued a recall of four types of Goldfish crackers because they contain whey powder that may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. Several varieties of Ritz crackers are also included on...

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Should You Drink Alkaline Water Like LeBron?

5/1/2018 | Comments | Fitness, Nutrition

To quench your thirst after working out or mowing the lawn, any kind of H2O will do. Water is water. Right? You may have your doubts, though, if you’ve noticed NBA stars’ current obsession with alkaline water. The players — like LeBron James — are raving about the supposed superior hydration and...

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Could Some Protein Powders be Hazardous to Your Health?

3/22/2018 | Comments | Fitness, Nutrition

Protein powders have become a dietary staple for many people trying to build muscle, lose weight or get sufficient nutrition on the go. But are consumers getting more ingredients than they bargained for?  Consumer Reports recently covered a study of protein powders by the non-profit Clean...

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Tim McGraw's Concert Collapse Spotlights Proper Hydration

3/16/2018 | Comments | Fitness, Nutrition

When it comes to maintaining our overall health, it could be argued that we largely underestimate and overlook the importance of routine water consumption, even though a significant portion of our body is made up of the stuff. Paying closer attention to how much water we drink is important since it...

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How to Block and Tackle a Super Bowl Gall Bladder Attack

2/2/2018 | Comments | Nutrition

Odds are high that many of us will spend this Sunday at a Super Bowl LII party. Whether you watch the commercials or the game, you’re likely to eat some of the rich, fatty foods that herald the day. Super Bowl Sunday is the nation’s second-biggest food consumption day— behind only Thanksgiving —...

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Resolve to be Healthy this Winter

1/22/2018 | Comments | Safety, Fitness, Nutrition

Premier Health physicians Anessa Alappatt, MD and Jon Sulentic, DO, discuss strategies for a safer, healthier winter season from exercise and healthy eating for weight loss to cold weather safety.  

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Simple Steps to a Safe and Healthy Holiday Season

11/21/2017 | Comments | Safety, Nutrition

Keep the “happy” in your holidays with these helpful reminders for making safe and healthy choices in the seasonal rush – from Dr. Aaron Block and Premier Health Dietitian Meredith Jones in this Premier Health Now On Air podcast.  

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Timely Health Tips so Fall Won't Trip You Up

10/30/2017 | Comments | Safety, Flu, Illness, Nutrition

Premier Health physician Dr. Melinda Ruff and clinical dietitian Meredith Jones discuss strategies for a safer, healthier fall season from covering flu protection, Halloween safety, carbon monoxide and holiday eating.  

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What’s Behind Your Pumpkin Spice Addiction?

10/7/2017 | Comments | Nutrition

As even more pumpkin spice products hit the shelves, your craving for the fall flavor may seem unending. The funny thing is many items — from yogurt and marshmallows to goat cheese — don’t contain pumpkin. Yet we still want it. What’s going on? To find out, Premier Health Now talked with Meredith...

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'Overfat' Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

8/10/2017 | 0 Comments | Fitness, Nutrition

Could your level of body fat say more about your overall health than your body mass index (BMI) or even your weight? CNN recently reported on a condition researchers call “overfat” that describes a harmful amount of fat in your body, particularly in your belly — even if you have a healthy...

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Bone Up on Ways to Beat Vitamin D Deficiency

7/14/2017 | 0 Comments | Nutrition

If you feel fatigued, not like yourself and maybe a little depressed, you might need more vitamin D. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. citizens do not get enough of the nutrient, which your skin makes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The rate of vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic levels, say some health...

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Step Away from the Fries

7/12/2017 | 0 Comments | Heart, Nutrition

Although your favorite fast food restaurant may entice you with discounts on National French Fry Day, July 13, there are good reasons to pass. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and reported by CNN, people who eat fried potatoes two or more times a...

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Alert: Beware Harmful Ingredients in Bodybuilding Supplements

6/29/2017 | 0 Comments | Fitness, Nutrition

The bodybuilding supplement you’re relying on to enhance your strength and muscle mass may contain an ingredient that’s hazardous to your health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a consumer alert that products containing anabolic steroids (synthetic testosterone) or...

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Coconut Oil: Healthy or Unhealthy?

6/23/2017 | 0 Comments | Heart, Nutrition

What’s to be made of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) recent Presidential Advisory that saturated fat — coconut oil, in particular — raises your risk of heart disease? The advisory, published online in Circulation, received widespread media attention. In response, many weighed in across the...

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Know Your Limit: Daily Drinking and Breast Cancer Risk

6/13/2017 | 0 Comments | Cancer, Nutrition

Daily drinking may increase your risk for developing breast cancer — but don’t forego that glass of wine with dinner just yet. A new report from the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research says sipping an average of 10 grams of alcohol a day is associated...

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4 Ways to Make Lunch Count

4/13/2017 | 0 Comments | Self-Improvement, Nutrition

If you catch a quick lunch at your desk most days, take a break and celebrate Make Lunch Count Day on April 13. Founded by TGI Friday’s in 2016, Make Lunch Count Day encourages breaking the trend of eating at your desk to get out for lunch and have stimulating conversations.  Premier Health...

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Popular Lenten Detox a Real Headache

3/24/2017 | 0 Comments | Nutrition

Giving up sugar for Lent is no easy challenge. Two reasons:   Sugar is seemingly everywhere – a hidden ingredient in many foods.  The effects of sugar withdrawal can be a real headache.  To find out more about what many people may be experiencing right now, Premier Health Now...

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Apple Cider Vinegar: How Powerful Is It?

3/17/2017 | 1 Comments | Nutrition

New scientific studies tout the ability of apple cider vinegar to regulate blood sugar, prevent weight gain, reduce inflammation and boost the levels of good bacteria in our gut. Can one fermented product really provide all these health benefits? Premier Health Now talked with Dale Block,...

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