Health & Wellbeing
Cutting back on sugar: Healthy ways to curb America’s mouth-watering obsession
Beth Winthrop
Beth Winthrop
Senior Manager, Health & Wellness
Senior Registered Dietitian,
Sodexo Universities

It’s Valentine’s Day – a day that’s synonymous with love and chocolates. Universally, people love sugar. It is a main ingredient in Valentine chocolates, candies as well as other comfort foods. With this in mind, sugar overindulgence might seem inevitable. Multiple studies show that eating too much sugar is directly correlated to obesity, which can lead to health problems. When it comes to sugar, moderation is key. Reducing the amount you eat is healthy, but that doesn’t mean you have to cut it out completely. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Is This the Year You Should Go Gluten-Free?
Beth Winthrop
Beth Winthrop
Senior Manager, Health & Wellness
Senior Registered Dietitian,
Sodexo Universities

Thinking of going gluten-free for the New Year?  What problem are you trying to solve?  Does the December deluge of cookies, cupcakes, pies, hot rolls and stuffing have you feeling sluggish and pudgy?  Excess sugar, fat, and calories are more likely to blame than gluten.  Lean proteins, steamed vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and some exercise will help to get your waistline and digestive system back on track.  (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Friendship can be a Life-Saver to a Student with Food Allergies
Beth Winthrop
Beth Winthrop
Senior Manager, Health & Wellness
Senior Registered Dietitian,
Sodexo Universities

With food allergies on the rise, and 15 million Americans allergic to one or more foods, chances are good that someone you work with, go to school with or are friends with will have a food allergy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affects between 4 and 6 percent of young people in the U. S.  Allergic reactions can be life threatening and have far-reaching effects on the individual and their families, as well as the school, college or university they attend.  The Food Allergy Research and Education organization (FARE) has designed the “Be A PAL – Protect A Life from Food Allergies” campaign for younger children, but college students away from home and family for the first time have unique challenges and need even more support from their friends and fellow students.

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