Nutrition & Weight Management

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Are Gluten-Free Foods Healthier? Understanding “Gluten-Free” in an Ever-Expanding Food Market** The gluten free product market is expected to reach over $6 billion within the next 5 years. With the growing supply of gluten free products, is there a reason for their demand? In this class you will learn what gluten is and where you will find it in your food. We will discuss the health benefits of gluten free products and the individuals who may have the greatest benefit from choosing gluten free. You will learn products available and recipes for gluten free cooking.

Are You an Emotional Eater?** Do you feel like you know what you need to eat for a healthy weight, but you just can’t get yourself to make the right choices? Emotional eating can be one of the biggest struggles towards healthy living. This class will help you understand what emotional eating is and how you can take control of your eating habits.

 Clean Eating – Choosing Foods To Feel Your Best** Are you concerned about the quality of your diet? Do you hope for your food to help you feel better not worse? Clean eating is a simple way of eating not focusing specifically on calories, fat or carbs but on the quality and the wholeness of the foods you eat. In this seminar, you will learn what it means to eat clean and how you can incorporate clean eating into your everyday life.

Dining Out the Healthy Way: Choosing healthier foods when eating out, ordering in, or eating away from home can be one of the most difficult things to do. It is easy to be tempted by the convenience of high-fat fast foods, or restaurant fare. Luckily, you don’t have to abandon the pleasure of “service with a smile” to stay healthy. Participants will learn simple dining out tips that will keep their healthy lifestyle on track.

Eating and Living Well As You Age** Do you plan for your medical future but not your future health? People that are happiest in retirement have the healthiest lifestyle! Learn how your nutritional needs change as you age and how to get started on a healthy retirement.

Eating for a Healthy Mind and Body** Does what you eat affect how you feel – your mood and behavior? In this seminar learn how foods can make you feel tired, depressed, or happy and how to make changes to your diet to improve how you feel every day.

Eating Well For Kids and Families** Are you tired of fighting with your kids about what to eat? Are you unsure of what your kids really need for a healthy diet? In this seminar you will learn what kids need for healthy growth and development and tips on getting your kids to eat right at home and away.

Eat Well For Less Stress** You know the common barriers to getting healthy: time, energy, tools. This presentation is different. During this presentation we will cover barriers that people don’t even know are there. We will cover how these overlooked barriers can sabotage your health and weight loss goals. Becoming aware is the first step in getting beyond them and getting closer to your goals.

Essential Nutrients: This seminar will distinguish between the essential nutrients: Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins, Minerals, Vitamins, & Water. Dietary recommendations and food sources will be identified, as well as, their importance in maintaining a healthy body. This is a great seminar for those looking to learn the basics behind a healthy diet.

Fad Diets – Fact or Fiction?** There are lots of diets that claim to be the answer to weight loss. If they all work so well, why is more than half our population overweight or obese? In this seminar you will learn the benefits and pitfalls of fad diets including Zone, Atkins and Sugar Buster’s diets. You will learn healthy tips for real, long-term weight loss and weight maintenance.

Fat Facts: Saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, trans fatty acids….are all these terms regarding fat confusing? This seminar will describe the benefits of fats, distinguish between the good and bad fats, identify sources of fat and provide the latest research on fats. An excellent seminar for those looking for clarification on the different fats!

Fire Up Your Metabolism!* Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of the following conditions:

  • Elevated Waist Circumference
  • Elevated Triglycerides
  • Reduced HDL “good” Cholesterol
  • Elevated Blood Pressure
  • Elevated Fasting Glucose
  • When three or more of these conditions occur together, your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes greatly increases. You will gain knowledge about how improvements to nutrition, exercise, stress management and sleep can help to get these conditions under control.

Fit Kids** Childhood obesity is becoming more and more prevalent. Give your kids the tools to be happy and healthy starting today. We will cover the amount of exercise kids should get and strategic ways to revamp their diets and add more activity throughout their days.

Grillin’ and Chillin’: The summer months mean outdoor barbeques amongst family and friends. How can you make these outings healthy for all? This seminar will cover healthy cooking on the grill and how to make regular picnic foods healthier. Come learn new recipes and healthy techniques for even the most beginner cook.

Healthy Cooking 101: You’ve probably heard that too much fat in your diet can increase your risk of developing heart disease. But you also need to remember that the body needs a certain amount of fat to utilize some vitamins, so a no-fat diet can be dangerous too. In this seminar participants will learn to make healthier choices when it comes to food selection and preparation and about the amounts and types of fat that the body needs.

Healthy Snacking for Children from Toddler to School Age** In today’s environment it is important to teach children at a young age the importance of healthy eating to promote long term health. In this class you will learn healthy snack ideas for kids from toddlers to school age children. You will take home classroom project ideas that teach kids and families the importance of healthy snacks and snack preparation.

Herbal Supplements – A Natural Alternative** This class includes a brief history of the use of herbal medicine, as well as an overview of categories of herbal supplements. Several commonly used herbal supplements will be discussed, with emphasis on their uses, effectiveness, and possible interactions with other substances.

Holidays and Hibernation** Maintain your weight and your sanity throughout the holidays and the dark drab months that follow. We’ll cover seasonal strategies to combat the effects of feasting and hibernation that come this time of year. For good measure we’ll also cover a couple other fads that are popular this time of year.

How to Stay Fit While You Sit** This class is designed for people who sit at a desk or computer all day. Proper techniques for ergonomic workplace design are discussed, as well as techniques to maintain fitness while sitting. Emphasis is placed on injury prevention.

Maneuvering Your way Through the Supermarket: Aisle by Aisle** Grocery shopping can be a drag—especially if you’re not exactly sure what is a healthy choice and what isn’t. This class will take you down an aisle by aisle tour to help you determine what foods to purchase and what items to avoid. Nutrition facts, food labels and need for organic foods will also be discussed.

Maximize your Metabolism* Metabolism – what is it and how does it affect our body? This seminar will cover the basics of metabolism & its relationship to weight loss/gain. Research on metabolism and ways to increase metabolism will be discussed. Health issues associated with metabolism will also be highlighted.

Organic and Natural Foods: Are the Benefits Worth the Cost?** Are you interested in nourishing your body well, but not sure if the benefits of organic foods outweigh the costs? In this class you will learn the requirements of organic and natural food labeling. We will discuss the reasons why you may wish to choose organic foods. And you will learn the foods most important to consider purchasing organic.

Peak Performance** Peak performance is designed to teach the participants how to achieve peak energy and performance levels. Topics covered include: nutrition for peak performance, the role of water in health, nutritional supplements, ways to enhance joint flexibility, and avoiding injury at home or at work to achieve long-term optimal performance.

Relapse Prevention: So, you have lost the weight, but now how do you keep it off? So many of us lose our weight, but then struggle to keep it off. This seminar will cover the importance of physical activity as a weight management tool, as well as, healthy eating habits for a lifetime. Participants will learn the skills to manage behavior change and also how to prepare for slips.

Soy Foods** In this seminar you will learn the health benefits of soy foods, sources of soy and how to start adding soy to your diet.

Sugar Addict Recovery** Are you a sugar addict? Do you have greater success with weight loss on a low carb diet, but know that it isn’t a healthy choice? In this class you will learn why some people are more likely to be “addicted” to sugar and how to plan a diet that will eliminate sugar cravings and promote a healthy weight.

The Competitive Edge – Eating for Athletic Performance* This seminar is designed for those who are regularly physically active and looking for more information on how proper nutrition can improve their athletic performance. Specifically, this seminar will address:

  • Energy Requirements
  • Nutrients for Peak Performance
  • Nutritional Requirements for Specific Sports/Durations
  • Eating Before, During, and After Activity
  • Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
  • Water or Fluid Replacement Drinks

What Is The Glycemic Index And Will It Help Me Lose Weight?** The glycemic index has been talked about for many years, but do you really know what it means and if you should be paying attention? In this class you will learn about glycemic index and glycemic load and how the quality, not the quantity of food you eat may be making it harder for you to lose weight.

The End of Overeating; Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite** Join us for this presentation discussing the groundbreaking investigation of the insatiable American appetite. We will explore former FDA commissioner Dr. David Kessler’s work, which explains why we eat more than we need to and what we can do to stop the vicious and unhealthy cycle of overeating.

Understanding Childhood Obesity** This seminar will discuss factors contributing to the “Super-Sizing” of our children and identify practical, accessible prevention strategies and treatment options for managing childhood obesity.

Understanding Food Labels: Do you read the food labels when at the grocery store? If you are like most Americans, you do not. The FDA now requires food labeling on all items for your health benefit. This seminar will help you learn how to decipher food labels, determine nutrient content of food and develop strategies for grocery shopping & making wise choices.

Vegetarian Eating* Human beings have been eating vegetarian diets for thousands of years. The diet is gaining new interest as people are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of consuming too many animal products and the health benefits of a vegetarian diet. The basic elements and benefits of a vegetarian diet will be addressed and participants will learn if this diet could work for them.

Vitamins, Minerals and Phytonutrients* Vitamins are important nutrients that help to regulate metabolism and help the brain, nerves, muscles, skin, and bones function properly. Minerals are necessary in very small amounts for the body to function properly. Vitamins and minerals are found in nearly all foods, which way it is important to eat a wide variety of healthy foods. This seminar will provide information about the vitamins and minerals that are essential to the human body.

Weight Management the Easy Way: An estimated 50 million Americans go on a diet each year and about 5 percent manage to keep the weight off, according to Colorado State University Extension. People often choose to join a weight loss program because they offer an alternative way to drop pounds quickly.  And, unfortunately, with quick weight loss, that can lead to quick weight gain after the program concludes.  This seminar will discuss the important components of healthy and sustainable weight loss:  nutrition, exercise and behavior change.  Learn the easy way to safely and effectively lose 1-2 pounds per week.

What to Eat** Are you tired of trying to decipher the truths and myths around healthy nutrition? In this class you will learn the best foods to eat to promote good health and prevent chronic disease. We will discuss the “super” foods you hear about, how much you need to consume to promote health and how to make these choices fit into your lifestyle.