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

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

While social, emotional and health factors play a role in the foods people choose to eat, the foods we enjoy are the ones we eat most. That is why, as a part of National Nutrition Month 2014, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.”
Each March, the Academy encourages Americans to return to the basics of healthful eating throughout the month. Read More »

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Ten 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 »

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A Positive Spin on New Year’s Resolutions

Are you guilty of skipping breakfast, taking too many trips through the drive-thru and counting French fries as a serving of vegetables? As we get to the end of the year, it seems that we look back on the year and think about making resolutions about what we’re NOT going to do. Read More »

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