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

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, Preventative Care · 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

Don’t Supersize This Holiday Season!

Here comes the holiday season! For many of us, it starts with Thanksgiving and carries on through the New Year. It includes special and traditional foods that are different than what we typically include in our regular meal plans. Holiday weight gain, not to mention heartburn, sluggishness and other maladies associated with overindulgence in food and drink, can be avoided. Read More »
News, Nutrition · Marshall

Chocolate or Chips?

The results of a survey on snacking habits from around the world was recently released, shedding some interesting light on trends from around the world about what we like to snack on. The Nielsen Global Survey of Snacking polled 30,000 consumers in 60 countries about their snacking habits. Read More »
Nutrition · Marshall

Natural, Local, Whole, Organic

The Pike Place Public Market in Seattle is a well-known public farmers’ market, and I had the opportunity to check out the various booths when I visited that city. The variety and abundance was remarkable! The Pike Place market originated in 1907 and is open year round. Read More »
Nutrition · Marshall

Five “I Can Do That” Tips for Spring

While we patiently (or perhaps impatiently by now) wait for spring to arrive, we often tick off a list of things we do in order to put winter behind us and prepare for summer. Perhaps you wash up winter coats, caps and mittens and put them away for the season. Read More »
Exercise, Heart Health, Nutrition · Marshall