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Our generation is constantly being told, “Stop looking at your phone!” But, these handy little devices are capable of much more than just sending a tweet. Here are some great health apps that can really put that smartphone in good use! And they are free (your “broke college student” piggy bank can thank me later!)

1. Fooducate

This app is your ultimate grocery store buddy! No more getting frustrated and confused looking at the nutrition label. Just scan the barcode of the food and Fooducate gives you the item’s rating from either an A+ to F. These ratings are derived from a logarithm that takes into consideration calories, fat, sugar, ect. It doesn’t just stop there though. It will alert you if the item is highly processed, contains certain additives, even if it contains GMOs. Not sure what that means? Fooducate will explain it to you! You may not be a nutritionist, but with this app you can certainly shop like one!

 

2. Whole Foods Market Recipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have yet to visit the Whole Foods Market in the Brentwood Promenade, I highly recommend you take a gander around that supermarket (you try a free sample of their delicious gelato)! Well, the company also has this great recipe app! Not only can you search through thousands of recipes, you can even add the recipe ingredients to a mass shopping checklist. Or if you just want to use up what you have in your pantry, the app’s “On Hand” feature shows you recipes you can make with what you already have! This app is currently only available for Apple product, however the Andriod version is on its way!

 

3. Home Remedies (Lite)

This app is great for finding natural remedies for hundreds of health issues, from sunburn to headaches to dandruff. It is sorted by medical concern. Once you select one, the app will give you numerous options to combat it. You can even save your favorites for easy access. This app is great if you want to try more natural, budget-friendly options!

 

4. Fitness Buddy Free

Just as it states, this app is a great workout partner! Whether you want to track your progress, search for a new ab exercise, or find a whole new routine all together, Fitness Buddy Free has all this is one place! You can search exercises by muscle group or explore new cardio routines. While this is your ultimate workout companion, you will still need a spotter for that bench press…(safety first!)

 

5. Happier

One aspect of our health we often overlook is our mental health. Nothing drains you faster than negativity. That where Happier comes in! Much like Facebook, with this app you can share your status with your friends, only there is more emphasis on gratitude and happiness! It is a great spirit-lifter when you are feeling a bit down. And I don’t know about you, but somethings I get pretty tired from all the Facebook griping! So get this app and put some positivity back into your perspective!

What health apps do you frequently use? :)

Also, look for the new post on my blog, The Wholey Trinity, coming soon! (I’ve also been working on the look of the blog, so check it out!)

-XOXO Hannah

 

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Happy Tuesday Everyone!

We are about to that time in the semester where the newness is wearing off, assignments are piling in, and I am gradually starting to get behind on my laundry… Welcome back to college! I am very excited to have the opportunity to post for all of you this year! First, let me tell you a bit about myself…

My name is Hannah. I made the conscious decision to accept entrance into Fontbonne’s graduate program to obtain my Master’s in Multidisciplinary Health Communication Studies (yeah, it’s a mouthful :-D). I am doing the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (I will refer to is as ISPP in my further posts) option, which is just a fancy way to say my Dietetic Internship (DI). I just graduated in May with my undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University in Nutrition & Dietetics (Go Huskies!). My hopes and dreams for my future career are to be a Registered Dietitian involved in nutrition communication; whether that be public relations, health campaigns, event coordinating, or political advocacy.

A month after walking across that stage, I moved to St. Louis from Rockford, Illinois, to start in Fontbonne’s grad program! Therefore, I still consider myself a newb to the area. I have managed, however, to forgo the GPS and be an independent navigator, which is a pretty big feat I must say! Anywho, I am incredibly happy with my decision to come to Fontbonne as a grad student (although I greatly underestimated how much brain strain was involved in grad school..) and embark on this new journey! St. Louis and the Fontbonne community have been gracious hosts thus far and this seems to be a great voyage for my academic growth!

Since I am not just a dietetic-professional-in-training but also a health enthusiast, I will be using my blog posts to share (what I hope to be) helpful, healthful insight to the Fontbonne community! Since this is the first post, I will start you on a more painless note. :)

I say it is the little things in life that count; catching that green light, someone holding the door open for you, or getting that last chocolate chip cookie (yes! I do eat those!) Just as it is the small moments that make life sweet, the same holds true with your health. It is the tiny things that are often overlooked or seem insignificant that can really make or break your progress towards a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few small, simple things I try to do everyday to keep my body in tip top condition.

1. Add a spoonful of chia seeds

Chia seeds have been getting a lot of attention lately for being a “superfood.” In my mind, all foods are super in one way or another (taste, health benefit, ect.) and therefore I don’t like to put only specific ones in this spotlight. However, chia seeds can be very beneficial when looking at nutrient content. They are a great source of Omega-3, protein, fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium, and zinc! I simply add a spoonful of chia seeds to breakfast cereal, smoothies, or yogurt to give them a bit more of a nutritious punch.

2. Balance with fruits and vegetables

As I mentioned earlier, I might be a dietetic student but I also have quite a sweet tooth! Even though I know those chocolate chip cookies are not the best for me, I have a hard time saying no. Thus comes another nutrition philosophy of mine, all things in moderation! Don’t deprive yourself of sweet treats, just moderate them. I like to help quite the guilt of succumbing to my sweet tooth by adding a handful of fruit or veggies on the side. Take this morning for example; I made cinnamon rolls. I had a few (small) cinnamon rolls but I also had a few kiwis to make sure my breakfast included some beneficial nutrients. I also did not eat the entire package of cinnamon rolls (though tempted..) Pairing a small portion of a “sometimes” food with a handful of fruits or veggies is a great way to treat yourself while still getting essential nutrients as well!

3. Finding time to play!

We have all heard time and time again how important exercise is for our health. I was thinking the other day, how was it so easy to be active as a child yet more difficult as we become adults? Granted, yes less energy and busier schedules play a factor, but I believe your mental approach is key to every situation! As kids, we simply saw it as going outside to play! I find it much easier to entice myself to be active if I see it as “playing” rather than “exercising.” When I think, “I need to go exercise,” I get the immediate feeling of boredom, angst, and resistance. I find a million excuses and reasons for why I should do other things instead. But when I say, “I need to go play,” I start to feel energized and excited! Seeing it as “playing” just gives it that sense of fun and a way to release stress! It takes those same activities and gives them a more positive attitude. Also, calling physical activity “playing” opens your mind to more ways to accelerate that heart rate rather than the boring, old jogging on a treadmill (seriously.. 10 mins of that is all I can take..). So relax a while today and go play!

Are there any small tricks you try to implement into your day to stay on top of your health game?

Feel free to send in any nutrition or health questions to EddyH@fontbonne.edu and I may feature my responses in a future post! Also, I encourage you all to check out my personal health blog, The Wholey Trinity, and like the Facebook page!

- XOXO Hannah

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This week, instead of looking back on my storied college career, I’ll be looking forward to the future. As you might know, I have been a dietetics major since first setting foot on the Fontbonne campus, and I’ve never once wanted to deviate from that path.  Although most people have a general concept of what a dietitian is, I often get asked what a dietitian does, and of course specifically what I want to do.
There are three major areas of dietetics: Clinical, Food Service, and Community. The majority of dietitians are clinically based, which means they work in an outpatient facility or hospital and plan diets for the sick. People with kidney failure have special dietary needs that are different than people with liver disease, and so on.  It’s a very critical job, as a wrong diet could easily do great harm to someone.  Food Service dietitians work in places like nursing homes, cafeterias, and restaurants.  The concept is similar, but they mostly plan meals in large quantities for a specific population of people.  For example, school districts often hire a dietitian to help plan menus that meet the government’s standards for a free/reduced price student lunch.  Finally, there are dietitians that work out in the community.  This area is more diverse, and includes such places as fitness centers, grocery stores, public health clinics, food banks, and even private practice.  Their work is mostly to cater to the needs of individuals who seek their help, but they also run events that target the community as a whole, such as health fairs or screenings.
Personally, I want to work out in the community.  I really like the idea of helping people, and I like the flexibility and diversity of working with the general public.  I could see myself working in a health foods store, helping people pick out groceries that fit their needs, or planning meals at a fitness center or spa.  Perhaps one day I’ll even open my own practice.  It would be cool to specialize in a naturalistic approach that centers on vegan and vegetarian eating, but I’m flexible.  Also, I still have a lot to learn from my experience as a dietetic intern next year (an additional requirement one needs in order to become an official Registered Dietitian), and I am keeping my options and my mind wide open.  Regardless, I’m looking forward to a career full of helping people to improve their health through eating good food!

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Last week, we made Butternut Squash Macaroni with the first graders at Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center. Every single kid loved it!  We had no picky eaters at all.  While I was cooking this recipe with them, I thought about us college students. How hard it is to cook a nutritious meal.  This recipe is easy, affordable, nutritious, and quick.  Try it at home!  If you freeze it, it can last up to 3 weeks.

Ingredients:

1     lb. macaroni/ elbow noodles

2     cups cheese sauce

2     cups of butternut squash

½ tsp. garlic

Directions:

-       Preheat the oven 350 F.

-       Wash the butternut squash.

-       Cut it lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and crud (The Pre-school children actually helped in this step).

-       Put the butternut squash in cookie sheets and place it in the oven.

-       After the butternut squash is cooked, take remove the peel and blend the meat part of the butternut squash.

-       Boil 1 lb. macaroni pasta and put it in the pot with boiling water. (9 min with added salt).

-       In a pot heat the cheese sauce, garlic and the butternut squash.

-       Once the cheese and squash sauce has boiled, add the macaroni.

-       Mix well.

-       Enjoy!

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My Heart.

by Alumni Posts March 9, 2012

Every day I check my Fontbonne email, hoping that maybe one of my friends decided to leave something exciting in my inbox (and with friends like fellow bloggers Courtney and Elizabeth, this does in fact happen pretty much on a daily basis. Seriously, you guys make my day with your emails, and I should probably […]

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My major!

by Alumni Posts February 16, 2012

I chose my major for many reasons. I love psychology and always have. In high school, it was my best subject, and I was just able to grasp the information better than any other subject — so it was kind of like this major was calling me. When I first started at Fontbonne, I was […]

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