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Nutrient-dense foods offer fewer calories

The Aug. 5 Wellness Wednesday, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Children’s Hospital lobby, will offer free chair massages.

Moving to a healthier weight? One helpful step is to choose nutrient-dense foods. Nutrient-dense foods give  the nutrients needed with relatively fewer calories. Try the following:

  • Foods with the lowest amounts of solid fats (fat-free skim milk instead of whole milk; non-fat yogurt instead of regular yogurt; foods with the lowest amounts of added sweeteners such as unsweetened rather than sweetened applesauce;  added sugars include sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, dextrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, honey, and molasses; fat-free cakes, cookies, and ice cream may have as much added sugar as their higher fat counterparts, and they’re often high in calories).
  • Foods prepared with less calorie input (skinless baked chicken instead of fried chicken and fresh fruit instead of fruit pastry).
  • Make sure to check the serving size when you read the label.

Upcoming Health 1st promoted events
Aug. 20: Circuit Training—This free 30 minute interactive class teaches you how to create a 30-minute circuit utilizing your own body and simple equipment from a person trainer of MUSC’s Wellness Center. To register, e-mail .
Aug. 27: Worksite Screening at Ashley River Tower—Valued at about $250, this screening costs employees $15 or $42 depending on insurance coverage. Includes blood chemistry profile, lipid profile, hemogram, blood pressure and body mass index calculation. Register at and click on Worksite Screening.
For more information on Health 1st events, e-mail

Friday, July 31, 2009

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