Guiding Stars at the University of North Dakota

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Choosing a healthy meal in college can be hard sometimes when you’re not sure how to prepare a meal on your own in the first place. By having the Guiding Stars program at UND, choosing a healthy “starred” meal is simple. Each dining center strives to put one “starred” item on their menu for every meal served. One star is good, two stars are better and three stars are the best nutritional value. These “stars” are located on the food item’s green label.

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The Benefits of Folic Acid

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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. It is well documented that folic acid plays a role in preventing neural tube birth defects. Whether you are pregnant or planning to become so, a consistent intake of enough folate (folic acid) can help reduce the risk of birth defects such as Spina Bifida. That’s not it’s only benefit, of course–folate supports good cell health for all people of all ages. With the Guiding Stars Food Finder tool, you can search for foods that are rich in this important nutrient. We gathered a list of 10 highly rated foods (and a few recipes) to get you started!

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The Health Benefits of Meditation

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Meditation – just hearing that word can elicit a range of reactions. Many people have experienced a ‘meditative’ effect when engaging in an activity that involves concentration and focus. Often it is an activity that the person loves to do. When immersed in the activity, time seems to be suspended. Nothing else seems to exist except what is happening in that activity. These experiences are often random, and not necessarily possible to recreate on demand.

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Playing with Seitan

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Speaking for the Guiding Stars web team, working closely with Guiding Stars has had a huge impact on our eating choices and the way we think about food in general. We’ve always spent a fair amount of time cooking together outside of the office, but thinking about food through the lens of this nutritional rating system always has us wondering: “Would this recipe earn any stars? What could we do to make it healthier without compromising the taste?”

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Traveling? Stay Healthy!

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Kudos to you for committing to a healthy diet and fitness routine! When you’re traveling, however it can be tricky to eat healthily and exercise regularly, especially since you’re in a new location with unfamiliar surroundings. Here are some useful and convenient ideas to help you keep tight, toned, and feeling great!

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Teach Your Children to Eat Well

March brings with it many things. There is the excitement of spring, festive holidays and of course, National Nutrition Month. The goal of National Nutrition Month, which is to take pause and think about the connection between nutrition, our health and wellness, is very much aligned with the renewal that comes this time of year. The 2013 theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”, provides an ideal message for parents to share with their children and help guide them toward making healthier food choices. Here are 15 ways parents can present good nutrition and fun foods to their children.

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National Nutrition Month

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The theme of National Nutrition Month 2013 is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”. I can’t think of a more perfect theme to remind people of what it takes to be successful at meeting nutrition goals. This theme reminds us that no matter who you are, young or old or whatever your whole health picture includes, if you don’t establish what makes eating well work for you then you are unlikely to be able to “eat right” for the long run.

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