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Apr 28

Nutrition Facts Panel

Could noteworthy changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP) influence consumer behavior and obesity? Nutrition Fact Panel Recently the Food and Drug Administration has proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel after much deliberation, revisions, research, and discussions. These major proposed changes present key nutrition information in a more accessible and compelling way that could impact consumer behaviors. The changes to these areas of the NFP include: CALORIES: typed in a bigger font that is more prominent on the label. SERVING SIZE: more accurate representation to what the whole package contains. As a result, ? 'one serving may be larger with more calories and fat grams due to increasingly larger portion sizes. Foods that are packaged for possibly more than one person will be required to have two columns of nutrition label - one per serving and one per entire package label presented. PERCENT DAILY VALUE: will be moved to the upper left corner where it is more noticeable to consumers. The goal of this change is to take away the confusion from the grams and milligrams of each nutrient listed and make the daily percentages of each nutrient more prominent. ADDED SUGARS: to be listed separately so consumers can better understand how much sugar in the product is naturally occurring as in fruit versus the added sugars in many other products. The experts in the Public Health community are divided on their thoughts to these Nutrition Facts Panel changes, what do you think about the proposal? Do you feel that these changes could help us reduce the obesity epidemic by creating nutritional information more readily available and understandable to consumers?

Apr 24

Health Pillars and YOU

Pillars Health pillars represent your current health status, sleep, stress management, nutrition and physical activity. It is beneficial to review our own health pillars to ensure a solid foundation for lifelong health and wellness. These five pillars represent areas of our health and wellbeing that are controllable. They are equally important and dependent on one another. If one pillar starts to crumble, another pillar may be affected (i.e. lack of sleep = too tired to exercise). Building a strong foundation supports you in every one of these pillars. Without a solid foundation holding up the pillars, people often struggle to keep their pillars strong. A strong foundation is created by taking care of yourself and knowing that your health is important enough to be willing to change behaviors that can deconstruct those pillars. Viverant 's Nutrition Solutions services can help you build and strengthen that solid foundation on which your health pillars are formed. Contact us today to schedule your FREE 30 minute Nutrition Screen with our Registered Dietitian, Rasa Troup! Learn more at or call 952.835.4512, option 6

Apr 23

Florida Gator Gives Credit to Viverant PTs

Photo: Tim Casey   Florida Gators Athletics Photo: Tim Casey Florida Gators Athletics Logan Shore, freshman starting pitcher for the Florida Gators, MN Gatorade Player of the Year and 29th-round pick of the Minnesota Twins gives a shout out to Viverant physical therapists Steve Kraushaar and Jeff Lahti for helping him accomplish his goals. You can read the full article here.

Apr 21

Earth Day

Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. People plant trees, clean up their neighborhoods, walk or bike rather than drive, and more all on behalf of the environment. What are you going to do to help make the world a greener ' place? Comment below and maybe you 'll inspire others to do the same! If you need some ideas, click here for a list of 40 things you can do to help save the planet. To learn more about Earth Day please visit Earth Day

Apr 14

New Class Starting this Week!

Our next group Weight Loss and Maintenance class starts on April 17th. Reserve your spot today! 952.835.4512, option 6 Colorado Weigh Class

Apr 08

Immune System Boost

Did you know a well-balanced diet can help keep your immune system strong and prevent colds? Make sure you are eating plenty of antioxidant rich foods as they help protect your cells from free radicals and molecules that can cause damage and declined your health. Health Concept

Here are some antioxidants that can give your immune system a boost:

  • Vitamin C: oranges, grapefruit, red, yellow and green bell peppers, broccoli and tomatoes
  • Vitamin E: broccoli, spinach, sunflower seeds, carrots and olive oil
  • Beta-carotene: beets, broccoli, green peppers, carrots and tomatoes
  • Zinc: seafood, red meat, pumpkin seeds, beans, chicken, nuts and fortified cereals
  • Iron: red meat, spinach, liver, lentils and beans, dried prunes and scallops
  • Selenium: brown rice, chicken, beef, pork and whole wheat bread

Mar 31

What is a pelvic floor physical therapist?

This post was written by Viverant Physical Therapist, Bethany Hansen. If your doctor suggested you go see a pelvic floor physical therapist, would you know what to expect? What kind of diagnoses do they treat? What does an evaluation consist of? What is the ? 'pelvic floor ? Read on for the answers to these questions and more! The pelvic floor is composed of muscle fibers of the levator ani, the coccygeus, and associated connective tissue which span the area underneath the pelvis. A ? 'pelvic floor physical therapist is one who has received specialized training in the treatment and education of women 's and men 's pelvic health issues. The assessment and treatments are comprehensive examining primary and secondary drivers of dysfunction. We treat the musculoskeletal aspects of pelvic dysfunction tissue restriction, joint hyper/hypo mobility, over or under-recruitment, posture and alignment dysfunction, etc. As a patient, you receive one-on-one treatment with a female therapist in a private and comfortable setting, whether it is for preventive or restoration services. The most common diagnoses that we see are as follows:
  • Coccydynia (tailbone pain)
  • Incontinence (stress or urge)
  • Urinary urgency/frequency
  • Painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis
  • Bowel dysfunction
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic pain (peri or post-partum, pudendal neuropathy, sacroiliac joint pain, endometriosis, vulvodynia/vulvar vestibulitis, pubic symphysis dysfunction, chronic non-bacterial prostatitis, etc.)
  • Dyspareunia (pain w/intercourse)
After taking a comprehensive history, a thorough evaluation can include evaluating posture, range of motion, pelvic alignment, flexibility, strength, pelvic stability, joint mobility, tissue restriction, specific muscle recruitment, presence of a diastasis rectus abdominis (gap in your abdominals, your ? '6-pack , often found post-partum), and specific pelvic floor muscle assessment. Treatments include various forms of manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education, strength and stabilization exercises, relaxation training, and education, including behavior modifications, bladder/bowel/pelvic floor specific education, postural changes, discussion of prognosis and plan of care, and setting goals. If you or anyone you know is suffering from any of the above problems, contact one of our knowledgeable pelvic floor specialists today! *Bethany Hansen and Amy Boyden-Hoekstra are both Viverant Physical Therapists that specialize in Women 's and Men's Health.

Mar 24

Prescribed Rest Day

One of the fastest ways to guarantee an injury or reach a burnout point is by not implementing a rest day in your workout regimen. Runner's World reports, ? ' _without giving your body time to recover, it won't adapt to the stress of your training. You may think that by not taking a rest day it will help you get stronger or faster, but the simple truth is that it won 't. The longer your workout streaks without rest, the greater your risk is for over training, injury and fatigue. Rest days do more than just prevent over training and injury. They also give your body time to restore glycogen stores, help you avoid mental burnouts, and allow muscles to repair and rebuild. Take good care of your body and know that every single athlete in the history of time takes a rest day. Use your rest day to reflect on how far you 've already come and be grateful for your ability, willpower and dedication. Rest Day

Mar 17

Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is based on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness, which means being fully aware of what is happening around you in that moment. It is not a diet. There are no menus or food restrictions. It is simply developing a new mindset around food. When mindfulness is applied to eating, meal time and the approach to eating is slowed down and becomes more thoughtful by noticing the colors, flavors, smells, taste and textures of food. In order to be fully present with the experience of eating, distractions should be eliminated. This enables us to avoid plowing through a meal half-consciously. Here are some simple practices to begin working towards mindful eating: turn off background media, eat at the dinner table, tune into the texture and flavors of the food, chew slowly and put your fork down between bites. Question:
  • Do you practice mindful eating? How does giving your full attention and appreciation to the eating experience make you feel about your food?

Mindful Eating

Viverant 's Nutrition Solutions services promote mindful eating; learn more about our approach here!

Mar 13

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day was created to increase the awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as being indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and to recognize them for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives. The first Registered Dietitian Day was celebrated in 2008. Wednesday, March 12 has been designated Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day in 2014. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists _
are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities, completed an internship and passed an examination.
use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes.
work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice.
are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.
  In honor of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day would like to recognize Rasa Troup for her commitment to improving the health of her patients and the community. Thanks Rasa!!

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