Daily archive for April 7, 2013

New philosophy and online tools make it easier to “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”

by Marcus Ribant, Northern Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainer at Coopersville Public Schools

March is National Nutrition Month® and this year’s theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” It turns out that one shape doesn’t fit all and in recent years the USDA has moved away from the food pyramid and introduced MyPlate. They recognize that each individual’s food choices are influenced by their preferences, lifestyle, health concerns and many other factors. Although every individual is different, the general rules of balancing calorie intake with physical activity and choosing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy products over foods high in sodium, refined grains, added sugars, and saturated and trans fats apply to everyone.

A great way to manage the foods you eat and recognize where you may need to cut back or where you fall short, is to keep a daily food log. I have found MyPlate on Livestrong.com to be the easiest tool to track your food intake. To get started you’ll make a quick login profile and it will give you a target calorie intake for each day. Then you search what you ate that day, add it to your log, and it will automatically track calories, carbs, sodium, fiber and more. On this site you are also able to add in any physical activities you do for the day, which will have an affect on your overall calories. For even more information and great tips on healthy eating habits, you can also visit eatright.org.

Diana Painter: Physical Therapist & Back Pain Specialist

 Specialties: McKenzie Certified Physical Therapist, Back Pain, Low Back Pain, Sports Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy

I love working with patients of all ages and diagnoses, but I have a special interest in the McKenzie method of evaluation and treatment with a focus on the lumbar, cervical, and thoracic spine. I also enjoy working with runners of all ages. I have been practicing physical therapy in out-patient settings since I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2007 and am currently working at Northern’s Cedar Springs office.

I love being a physical therapist at work and a mom of a 2 year old energetic boy at home. I live in the Rockford area where my family takes advantage of the awesome trails and parks, and we can usually be seen at the farmers market on Saturday mornings. My other hobbies include running, hiking, camping, XC skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

Julie Blodgett: Physical Therapist

Specialties: Orthopedics, Geriatrics, Back & Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Physical Therapy, Wellness & Fitness

After nearly three decades in physical therapy, Julie brings a level of experience to our field that cannot be matched. Her passion for PT and level of expertise has allowed her to flourish in a variety of settings including neurological rehab, pulmonary rehab, cardiac rehab, wellness programs, orthopedics and musculoskeletal rehab, and working with youth in the school system. At the end of the day, Julie lists orthopedics, geriatrics, and Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (McKenzie physical therapy) as her top areas of interest, but it was her passion for fitness and wellness that led her to being the Wellness Director at our organization.

Julie stays active by running, swimming, working out, and doing yard work. In her spare time she can be found spending time with her family, reading, volunteering as a 4H leader, snowmobiling and raising goats on her family’s hobby farm.