Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and….Niacin?

Way back in 2004, one of my all-time favorite comedies came out. As a fourteen-year-old gym class enthusiast, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, really spoke to me. There are plenty of quotable lines from the movie that I still recall, with one of my favorites being from the film’s dodgeball legend Patches O’Houlihan as he tells a young fan to always remember the five D’s of dodgeball: “Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and...Dodge”. If you don’t get the joke, read it again. I was reminded of this quote during a sophomore nutrition lecture in college. The professor was discussing vitamin deficiencies and focusing on niacin. Niacin is one of the B vitamins (specifically B3) and is important for energy m

Evidence-Based Practice…and Pirates

If you’ve read my blog or my “Food for Thought” posts previously, you’ve probably heard me use the phrase “evidence-based practice.” Some of you may wonder what exactly that means. Using evidence-based information means that if I’m recommending a change in your diet or telling you to take a supplement (or to stop taking a supplement), it’s because there is research and science to support that approach. It has been tested and proven. There are many theories and hypotheses in the history of nutrition that turned out to be dead-wrong when they were tested over time through practice and research. Mercury supplements were given to Chinese nobles to promote longevity for decades until they figured

National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, the perfect time to “put your best fork forward!” But what does that mean? What is good nutrition? I can’t tell you how often clients come to me complaining of mixed messages about nutrition, not just from the media but from healthcare providers. It’s important to understand that, with nutrition, one approach does not work for everyone. We are all unique, and so are our bodies and lifestyles. Our gender, body shape, genetics, level of activity, and age all can affect what’s needed for our bodies and minds to flourish. For someone with celiac disease, it is imperative that they cut gluten out of their diet; for most of the population, there are no discernibl

What can a dietitian do for you?

Hello everyone! You may have heard through the grapevine or otherwise that RCW has a new dietitian. Or maybe you haven’t. If not, here’s a short introduction: my name is Jordan Murray. I’m a registered dietitian (RD). I’m not from La Crosse originally but I know the Coulee Region very well and received my degree from Viterbo University right here in town. Some of you reading this may have worked with a dietitian before, but I’m guessing many of you have not. What can a dietitian do for you? Here’s a short list: Assist with weight management Provide education on what a balanced, nutritious diet could look like for you as an individual Explain food portioning Help manage nutrition-related cond

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