North Memorial Launches Healthy Weight Loss Website

Looking for weight loss tips?  Confused about starting an exercise program?  Want to put together a personalized healthy eating plan?  North Memorial has a new Healthy Weight Loss website that will help you do all of those things.

Healthy Weight Loss Program Highlights

Visit the new site to find everything you need to start an exercise and diet program.  You’ll find tips and advice for maintaining your weight with a healthy eating plan.  Highlights of the site include:

  • Healthy Diet:  Use online tools or connect with a North Memorial registered dietitian to put together an eating plan. Then use our tips to navigate social situations and other circumstances that might challenge your commitment to the plan.
  • Healthy Exercise:  If you’ve never exercised before or if you already engage in regular physical activity you’ll find the videos and tips on our site helpful.  Make sure your workout program contains the three most essential components for good health.
  • Healthy Connections.  Learn how to connect with weight loss services at North Memorial.  Join us on Facebook and Twitter to ask questions and learn more about losing weight and keeping it off.

Use Your Smartphone For Weight Loss Advice

Get weight loss advice on the go! (source:Mutlu Kurtbas/ iStockphoto)

Your best weight loss coach might be a smartphone.  A new study published in the May 28th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people who used their mobile devices to access diet and exercise information were able to improve their eating and exercise habits.

Get Weight Loss Advice on the Go

You can spend unlimited amounts of money on trendy diets, personal trainers, and self help books or DVDs.  But this study suggests that real change can happen without those expensive services.  Simply having access to good advice may help you make the changes you need to make in order to lose weight.

What works for one person may not work for another, but many people carry their smart phones with them throughout the day.  If you use your phone to access a weight loss related app, social media site, or weight loss website it may serve as a helpful reminder of your weight loss goals.

Mobile Weight Loss Help From North Memorial

The North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss Program can go with you on your smartphone (or on your computer).   “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, and you’ll be able to take our weight loss tips and advice with you wherever you go.  These are great places to chime in about your diet and exercise struggles and successes. Got a question or want to share a recipe? These are great places to get the conversation started.

Get connected and reach your weight loss goals this summer!

Dos and Don’ts for Making a Healthy Salad

Add color and crunch to your salad
(photo source: hotblack/morguefile)

Did you know that May is National Salad Month?  Did you know that there was a National Salad Month?  It may not be a well-known celebration, but regardless, this is a great time to think about how to make a healthy salad.

The Minneapolis Farmers Market is in full swing this weekend. Use the great weather as an excuse to get outside and get some fresh veggies to build a healthy salad.  Use these tips to make sure your salad is full of the best ingredients for weight loss.

Make a Healthy Salad: Dos and Don’ts

  • Don’t be limited to the standard iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomato staple items.
  • Do get creative and add as many colors as possible.  Red peppers, yellow squash, orange carrot shavings, purple heirloom potatoes, even bright green kiwi will add crunch and flavor to your salad
  • Don’t add high fat meats.   Chicken and beef are great additions to a healthy salad, but be careful about the cut of the meat and the preparation method.  Avoid fried, breaded or “crispy” chicken, and stay away from ground beef.
  • Do add lean protein like grilled chicken breast and lean cuts of beef such as sliced tenderloin or flank steak.  Fish is another great addition.  Try salmon or tuna.
  • Don’t get carried away with toppings.  A healthy salad can become a high fat diet disaster with the addition of croutons, bacon bits, cheese or high fat salad dressings.
  • Do choose one healthy fat and add it sparingly.  Avocado, low fat cheese, or a yogurt salad dressing will give your salad a satisfying creaminess.  But use the Nutrition Facts label as your guide and add just one serving to keep the calorie count in check.

Want more weight loss tips?  Find us on Facebook page or Twitter.  Then stay tuned for the launch of the new North Memorial Weight Loss website.

Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 18

Bike to work on Friday

There is no better time to get your ride on than tomorrow, May 18, 2012.  Friday is National Bike to Work Day, an event sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists.  Bike to Work Day is just one special celebration during National Bike Month, which also included National Bike to School Day.

Get Geared Up for Your Commute

The weather is scheduled to be great on Friday.  Prepare for your ride by outlining a route to work and setting aside must-have safety accessories.  Be sure you have a bike helmet, some form of ID in case of an emergency, and a cell phone.  If you haven’t biked in a while, brush up on your skills with a few pointers from North Memorial experts.

If you wear casual dress at the office you can simply wear your work clothes during the commute.  But if business attire is necessary, fold your items into a backpack and wear comfy duds while you pedal.

Biking in the Twin Cities

Minneapolis is consistently rated as one of the best cities in which to bike.  Bike to Work Day is the perfect excuse to get out and explore the extensive network of safe trails, bike lanes and parkways in the city.  This is one of the rare parts of the country where you can go almost anywhere on two wheels.

Take advantage on Friday and enjoy the ride!

Do It Now: 5 Steps to Improve Your Health

photo credit: manos/morguefile

What steps have you taken this year to improve your health?  If you are a woman, or have a woman in your life, this is the week to ask yourself  that question.  May 13-19 is Women’s Health Week.  During this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health encourages all women to make their health a priority.

5 Steps to Improve Your Health

The theme for this year’s Women’s Health Week is “It’s Your Time.”  Women should backburner other priorities this week to take active steps to improve their health and well-being.  The men in their lives can provide support by helping with tasks and responsibilities at home and work.

What are the first steps to take?  Use this checklist:

  1. Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.  Make an appointment today with your North Memorial Medical Center provider.
  2. Get active.  Start an exercise program in your home or in your neighborhood.  Enlist the support of friends to keep you on track.
  3. Eat healthy.  Clean out the refrigerator and clear out the high calorie sodas and junk food.  Restock with fruits, veggies, low fat dairy and lean meat.
  4. Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  5. Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

Be sure you stay connected with us here, as well!  Find us on Facebook and Twitter, then stay tuned for the launch of the new North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss Program website.  Check back here for updates.

Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipe

Breakfast Burrito from Jennie-O Turkey Store

Plan a special day for mom on Sunday!  Start by cooking her breakfast in bed.  Check out this hearty but healthy breakfast burrito, made famous on the Biggest Loser.  The recipe is reprinted with permission from the Jennie-O Turkey Store.

If you’re still looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas, check out Tuesday’s blog for a list of options.


Mother’s Day Breakfast Burrito

  • 1 package JENNIE-O TURKEY STORE® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg and 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 8 whole wheat tortillas

Put the ground turkey in a mixing bowl. Add onion, and garlic powder, paprika, and pepper; mix thoroughly. Add egg, egg white, applesauce, and wheat bran; stir well. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Pre-heat a large non-stick skillet to medium high and coat lightly with cooking spray. Add the ground turkey mixture and stir to crumble and brown, approximately 14 minutes. Always cook turkey to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Reduce heat to medium. Add bell peppers and saute with meat for 5 minutes, continuing to stir and break up the turkey into smaller pieces. Drain the beans and add to the skillet. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes; Fill tortillas with mixture.

Nutritional Information: Calories 230, Fat 2.5g, Saturated Fat 0.5g, Protein 24g, Cholesterol 60mg, Carbohydrates 34g, Sodium 410mg, Fiber 6g

Healthy Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

ImageYou have less than a week left to shop for mom.  Do you know what to get her?  If the mother in your life is getting in shape for summer, trying to lose weight, or just interested in improving her health, use one of these healthy Mother’s Day gift ideas to show her that you support that investment in her health.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

  • Pedometer.  This handy device will help mom count her steps while she walks.  Knowing that number will help her to start or improve her walking program.  Pedometers are available for as little as $5-10, but you can also spend more on sophisticated models.
  • Bike tune-up. If your mom likes to bike, a spring tune-up will keep her cycle in safe working condition.  If you have a few extra dollars, buy her a new helmet or other accessory.
  • Farmer’s Market visit /Healthy brunch.  Give mom a break in the kitchen and cook a healthy brunch.  Start the day with a visit to the Minneapolis Farmers Market and splurge on a bouquet of flowers and fresh vegetables.  Then let mom relax while you cook the meal.
  • Home exercise equipment.  If the lady in your life is trying to improve her health with exercise, an inexpensive set of hand weights is all she needs to set up an effective home gym.
  • Support coupons.   Sometimes, what mom needs most is time to take care of herself.  Offer coupons for household tasks, such as laundry, dishes, housecleaning, or babysitting to lighten her burden at home.