UNHS starting new Fruit & Vegetable program

Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. is launching a new program in the Montezuma Creek/Aneth/ Red Mesa area to promote healthy eating, healthy habits and live styles, and stronger family relations. The program, called the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program  (FVRx), is not new to other parts of the Navajo Reservation. According to one of the program directors, Tiona Grant, it […]

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Putting Your Best Fork Forward

by Lauren Hannibal, RD, CDE, Clinical Dietitian March is National Nutrition Month and it is time to put your best fork forward. Making changes in your diet can be challenging and sometimes even stressful. Putting your best fork forward is about making small changes in your diet that can make a big impact on your overall health. Using the USDA’s […]

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Eat like you are from the Mediteranian

by Lauren Hannibal, RD, Clinical Dietitian    If you have ever heard of the Mediterranean Diet, you have probably heard about its ability to protect your heart. Research began post-World War II, when a researcher looked at the diets of seven different countries. During the landmark study,  researcher Ancel Keys noticed men from Crete had lower cardiovascular disease rates than men from […]

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Dialysis cookbook makes great Christmas gift for BMH dialysis patient

Dialysis patients at Blue Mountain Hospital received a very unique Christmas present in December that could help make their specialized diet and meal planning a little easier to follow. Terri Valdez, Registered Nurse (RN), and Lauren Steve, Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT), who work in the BMH Dialysis Unit, took the time and effort to search out more than 100 […]

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Taking care of you over the Holidays

Lauren Hannibal, RD Clinical Dietitian Christmas and New Years can be a magical time of year, but if we aren’t careful, they can be an overwhelming time of year. Last month’s article focused on enjoying our food,  but this article is going to focus more on enjoying holiday magic. It is easy to see how the holidays can be stressful, we […]

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Where’s the Beef?

Lauren Hannibal, RD Clinical Dietitian The possibilities of beef seem to be endless. Ground beef can be transformed into burgers, stuffed peppers, tacos, and even added to pasta sauces, and don’t forget about all the other cuts of meat. Beef is graded, and consumers are becoming more aware of how cattle are raised so multiple categories are being seen more […]

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Community garden in Montezuma Creek underway

Self-sufficiency is an idea that more and more Americans are embracing these days but many aren’t sure exactly how to go about it. Residents of the Montezuma Creek area have a great opportunity to learn about, and take a step toward self-sufficiency thanks to a couple of employees from Utah Navajo Health System, Inc., working with the aid of Whitehorse […]

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Fermentation Station

by Lauren Hannibal, RD, Clinical Dietitian    There is a new body of research focusing more and more on our guts, specifically the kind of microbes that are living inside of our intestines. Microbes are tiny organisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Scientists focus their studies on how bacteria in our intestines can be beneficial to our health. Researchers […]

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Milk: Which one does the body good?

Lauren Hannibal, RD Clinical Dietitian Milk is more complicated than ever. Grocery stores now have multiple options ranging from dairy milks with different fat content and dairy free options that seem to be endless. With all of the different options, and each label claiming that they benefit your health, it is hard to know which choice is best. This article […]

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After-school program in Monument Valley helps youth fight diabetes through active life-styles

Diabetes education and prevention at the UNHS Monument Valley Community Health Center is also focusing on students at Tse’bii’nidzisgai Elementary School with an after-school fitness program to encourage exercise and healthy life-styles for students. Marlene Valentine is actually an employee of the Navajo Nation, who works with the UNHS staff at Monument Valley CHC. She is a Health Educator for […]

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