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Nutritional Fitness

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Nutritional Fitness is the ability to sustain your performance through foods, dietary supplements, and beverages in adequate quantities, quality, and proportions. Food fuels performance and the right “fuel” can help you perform at your best.

A good diet isn’t just healthy and nutritious, it must be sustainable. Trendy or gimmick weight-loss diets can offer short-term success, but often are not sustainable and lead to long-term weight gain. Maintaining a healthy, balanced, and sustainable diet helps build wellness across many areas of health.

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During the NICoE intensive outpatient program (IOP), staff nutritionist Ruth Clark teaches hands-on classes in the on-site patient kitchen. (Photo: Tahira Hayes (Ctr), NICoE/WRNMMC, NSA Bethesda)

Research has shown that dietary changes may help relieve symptoms that might complicate recovery from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and sleep problems.

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It’s True – Carrots (and Other Vegetables) Can Help You See in the Dark

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Have you ever heard that carrots are good for your eyes, or that they can help you see in the dark? It’s true – carrots are rich in the compound beta carotene, which your body uses to make a form of vitamin A that helps your eyes adjust in the dark. A shortage of vitamin A can cause a host of health problems, including blindness.

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Enjoy Your Super Bowl Snacks with a Side of Food Safety

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While millions watch NFL players battle it out in the Super Bowl, the real MVPs on Sunday will be chicken wings—more than 1 billion will be consumed before, during and after the game! Whether you bake, roast, fry or order in your chicken wings, don’t forget the four food safety steps that night.

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Don't Fumble Food Safety on Super Bowl Sunday

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Why Today’s ‘Gen Z’ is at Risk for Boot Camp Injuries

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How a Dietitian Can Help You Lose Weight and Maintain Readiness

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Working with a professional dietitian or nutritionist can help people reach and maintain their weight management goals safely and with positive, long-term results.

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A Healthy Mind and Body: The Psychological Aspects Weight Loss

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It’s essential to dispel the belief that weight loss is a reflection of willpower or discipline – basically, that you can’t lose weight because you don’t want to or you’re not trying hard enough.

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The 'BodPod' Measures Body Fat and Fat-Free Mass

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The BodPod is an egg-shaped machine that will give a detailed analysis of your body composition in five minutes, including measuring your fat mass, your fat-free mass, including blood, organs, and muscle.

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It can be tough enough to fight your own cravings and busy schedule, but it can be even harder when you throw family, friends, and social outings into the mix. So how can you stick to your meal plan, even when you’re not dining alone? The key is planning ahead, asking for support, and taking it one step at a time.

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