Rhonda O'Brien MS RD CDE


Minerals

Minerals have many important roles in the structure and function of the body. The body needs minerals to build and maintain healthy teeth and bones, carry nerve signals to and from the brain, carry oxygen to the cells, regulate blood sugar levels, and maintain a healthy immune system. A total of 60 minerals have been…

Phytochemicals

Phytochemicals are chemicals found in plants. They are not essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals, but they do have important functions in the body, and they may protect against cancer. Examples of phytochemicals include: Beta-carotene. Isoflavones. Lutein. Lycopene.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is vital for calcium absorption in bones and to improve muscle strength. Not getting enough vitamin D in childhood can slow growth or cause misshapen bones (rickets), and not getting enough vitamin D throughout life increases the risk for bone thinning (osteoporosis) in later years. Many people can get the…

Loralie’s Story: It’s Never Too Late

As a supervisor for a hospital cafeteria, Loralie makes sure that the cafeteria has plenty of healthy choices. But until recently, she didn’t take advantage of the healthy choices for her own meals. Loralie’s eating habits had caused her to gain weight, and her blood pressure was high. “I had given up, just given up,”…

Healthy Eating and Older Adults

Having good nutrition is important at any age. But it is especially important for older adults. Eating a healthy diet can help keep your body strong and can help lower your risk for disease. But as you get older, it can be harder to eat in healthy ways. If you have health problems or can’t be active, you may not feel as…