Recently released Dietary Guidelines of 2015 have Hillcrest South dietitians weighing in and providing their expert opinions for the key takeaways for what’s in, what’s out and what’s neutral this year. Food industries, they say, fight tooth and nail to make sure any new recommendations continue to keep them in a positive light.

When making better food choices for you and your family, it may not always be clear when roaming grocery aisles. When you pick up a box of cereal or can of vegetables, you’ll find a nutrition facts label on the package. You may not think to read all those tiny numbers; but taking a few minutes to understand them can do your health a lot of good. Here’s a quick look at what you need to check out before putting that package in your grocery cart:

After surviving a heart attack or major cardiovascular event, new questions, fears and doubt present new considerations for everyday life. What if I have another heart attack? Will I be able to go back to work? Resume my daily activities? How will I know when my heart has healed? Living with heart disease changes your life for sure, but under the guidance of your cardiologist your heart can get stronger and daily life will resume overtime.


The big game is fast approaching and aside from the football, commercials and half-time show, food is usually the center of the action of Super Bowl parties. If you are looking for a healthy recipe or something new to offer your family and guests this year, Hillcrest South dietitian Stephanie Harris, MS, RD/LD has a crowd-pleasing appetizer - Mediterranean Seven-Layer Dip. At only 110 calories per serving, you can enjoy the bold flavors without the guilt. 

Prep time:  10 min.   Makes: 24 serving;  1 serving =  2 Tbsp. dip & 5 chips each

Hillcrest South dietitian Stephanie Harris, MS, RD/LD, shares a few recipes and tips for enjoying classic holiday treats with a healthy twist.

When one hears the word "antioxidants" typically thoughts of fruits and vegetables come to mind.  But, did you know that spices, herbs and even chocolate are also packed with antioxidant power?

Hillcrest South’s Advanced Wound Center offers patients in wound management a therapy to help speed healing by delivering 100 percent oxygen under increased pressure to the patient. Some wounds are resistant to healing without hyperbaric oxygen therapy, because they are defined as hypoxic, meaning they do not receive enough oxygen to form necessary collagen to heal.

“Food is our common ground,” once famously said James Beard, founder and president of The James Beard Foundation and The James Beard Award – one of the highest honors for culinary professionals in the U.S. His comment was simple, but true and one the professionally trained, talented and experienced chefs and dietary staff of Hillcrest South believe is just as true in a hospital environment as it is in the home or at a restaurant.

I get a burning feeling in the middle of my chest.

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I often have this burning feeling after a meal or at night.
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This burning feeling gets worse when I lay down or bend over.
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Over-the-counter medicines such as acid reducers or antacids help the burning go away.
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I frequently regurgitate (burp up) my food. Yes ___  No ___

There is a bitter or sour taste in the back of my throat.
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