By Elaine Pelc, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2012
Each week a nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center provides a guest post to The Baltimore Sun's health blog Picture of Health (, which is reprinted here. This week, Elaine Pelc weighs in on eggs. Are eggs really incredible? Yes! Eggs are affordable, a great source of lean protein, full of vitamins and minerals and low in calories, weighing in at about 70 calories each. Over the years eggs have received a bad rap for their cholesterol content.
By Jacqueline R. Berning, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
As a sport dietitian, I find it very interesting to be on the sideline listening to what parents and players have to say about feeding and hydrating lacrosse players. Where do they get this information? Do they really believe that three Red Bulls before a game will improve performance? Here are the three common sports nutrition myths heard on the sidelines: MYTH: Players do not need to eat carbohydrates because lacrosse is a sprinting sport, not an endurance event. FACT: The game of lacrosse involves lots of sprinting and jogging, and very little walking.
April 11, 2012
6 weeks to a better body We are now six weeks (!) from the beginning of pool and beach season. But fret not. The plan below details how, by making small changes each week, you can have your body looking leaner and ready for outdoor summer festivities. View the photo gallery Each week, you will be given a new piece to the overall exercise and nutrition plan. As we add new pieces each following week, do these in addition the everything from the previous weeks.
By Debra Schulze, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2012
Each week a nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center will provide a guest post to The Baltimore Sun's health blog Picture of Health ( This week, Debra Schulze, RD, LDN, weighs in on stroke prevention. A stroke, also called a "brain attack," can occur at any age. The good news is simple changes may significantly reduce your risk. Nutrition and exercise are two key modifiable behaviors. Go Mediterranean The Mediterranean Diet, rich in beneficial oils, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and low in cholesterol and animal fat, has been shown in studies to reduce risk of stroke and heart attack.
March 9, 2012
Sunday, March 11 Concert Voices 21 performs the music of Elizabethan-era composer Thomas Tomkins, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Admission is free; donations will be accepted at the door. Information: 240-643-6563 or 'The Merchant of Venice' Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents the Bard's tragic comedy through March 24 at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia. Tickets are $36, $29 for seniors (older than 65)
By Lisa Levenstein and Jennifer Mittelstadt | February 12, 2012
The nation's food stamp program is an essential part of the American safety net. Why? Because people can't be productive - in school, at work or looking for work - if they are hungry and fearful about not having enough food to feed their families. The program serves 46 million people, almost as many people as Medicare. And that's despite the fact that more than one-third of those eligible for the benefit are not receiving it. If all those who qualified for food stamps enrolled in the program, it would include 20 percent to 25 percent of Americans.
November 7, 2011
In Natalie Webb's letter of Nov. 4 ("Don't ban soda, choose moderation"), she writes that, rather than telling kids not to drink sodas, "we need to help them understand how all foods and drinks can fit into a healthy eating plan. " The problem is, sodas are loaded with empty calories that are almost immediately stored in the body as fat, they have no nutritional value and thus have absolutely no place in a "healthy eating plan. " As a registered dietitian, she should know that consuming the 10 teaspoons of sugar (not to mention the caffeine)
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2011
Having just observed Yom Kippur, Zoey Solomon knew what it felt like to be hungry. But, as the 9-year-old walked through an exhibit Sunday depicting the lives of malnourished children from around the world, she still wrinkled her nose at a container of brown paste that smelled like peanut butter, as a doctor explained that children in other countries enjoy it and rely on it to keep them healthy. "We fasted to observe Yom Kippur yesterday, and she was so hungry by noon," said Lorna Solomon, who brought her daughter to the weekend exhibit in Patterson Park, put on by Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian organization that works in 65 poor and blighted developing countries.
By Mindy Athas, Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2011
Many cancer patients end treatment underweight. Post-treatment breast cancer patients, however, often end up overweight. This can sometimes be attributed to medications such as steroids or chemotherapy. Or the patient is overweight to begin with. Losing this weight is a worthy goal as overweight and obese patients have an increased risk for cancer recurrence, studies say, as well as chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Find your Body Mass Index, a measure of your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared.
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