Cheryl Rude

Registered Dietitian at Avera Marshall

As a Registered Dietitian at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, nutrition is my business and my passion. Registered Dietitian does not mean “diet police”; instead, I see my calling as helping people (patients, residents and everyone else) find that healthy eating habits can be not only good for them, but tasty and enjoyable as well.

My career in the “food” business started out in my childhood on a grain and livestock farm in southwestern Minnesota. A big garden, 4-H projects, and a mom who liked to bake, cook and put up fruits and vegetables all contributed to my eventual career choice in the field of dietetics. In addition to a good work ethic, this farm background instilled in me the desire to buy local and eat fresh as much as possible. I still freeze vegetables for the long winter and believe that some of the best-tasting food and food that is best for us is available right here in our region of the state.

My early experiences led me to pursue my undergraduate dietetics degree at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Upon graduation from college, I completed my dietetic internship at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center (now called Regions Hospital) in St. Paul, MN. My career path took me back to southwest MN and I have been at Avera Marshall for 30 years. I am a Registered Dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Licensed Dietitian with the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I am an active member in our state and local dietetic association and have been involved in various activities in the community where I work (Marshall, MN) and the community where I live (Granite Falls, MN). I have enjoyed being able to write about my passion for food and nutrition in a column on the food page of the Marshall Independent since 1985- and I look forward to expanding my writing about tasty and healthy food choices in this blog.

Whether you’re young or old, work in an office or a tractor or go to school, life is full of choices about what to eat. Who says that the healthy choice can’t also be the tasty choice?

Author Archive | Cheryl Rude

10 Foods That Help Fight Heart Disease

Have we all been trying to create and keep our positive New Year’s Resolutions? Well let’s take that positive energy and apply it to our diet. Sometimes we focus so much on what we shouldn’t eat that we start to think that we need to avoid anything that tastes good. Read More »
Heart Health · Avera Health

10 “I Can Do That” Tips for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is almost upon us! This day is the “unofficial” start of the  holiday season and is most noted for its traditional and favorite foods. Nearly 90 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day, as well as generous portions of our favorite side dishes. Read More »
Nutrition · Marshall

4 Food Tips for Healthy Outdoor Eating

Is camping or hiking on your agenda for this summer? If they are, then making a plan for safe, healthy and, of course, fun and tasty foods is also a must. We know we need plenty of fluids and energy bars are easy to pack, but there’s more to consider if you’re planning to be out for more than a couple of hours. Read More »
Nutrition · Marshall

5 Reasons to Make Dairy Products a Part of Your Daily Diet

June Dairy Month is an annual event that began in 1937. It initially began as an event to promote milk and help stabilize the demand for dairy products since cows were put out to pasture in the summer and this resulted in peak production during the summer months. Read More »
Nutrition · Marshall

Food Safety: Top Three Tips for Proper Food Prep

Salmonella, Norovirus, Campylobacter, E. Coli, Listeria, Clostridium perfringens, Cyclospora — were these names on the guest list for your last barbeque or picnic? I would hope not! These are not guests that you would want to be attending your event; these are the names of the bacteria, viruses and parasites that are common causes of food poisoning. Read More »
Nutrition, Wellness and Prevention · Marshall

Christmas Eve Traditions

Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the house, The kitchen was a buzzin’; there was nary a mouse. The cookies and treats were done to perfection, In hopes that all would enjoy the confections. And what to the wondering eyes should appear, But a plate full of goodies, and a room full of cheer. Read More »
Just for Fun · Marshall