PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app


Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app


PNS Daily Newscast - November 25, 2020 

Feeding the hungry on Thanksgiving and beyond; and is that Turkey really from a family farm? (Note to Broadcasters: the newscast has been granted a holiday for Thanksgiving, but we shall return first thing Friday.)

2020Talks - November 24, 2020 

Formal transition to Biden presidency begins; key Biden Cabinet nominations to be announced today. *2020Talks will not be released 11/26 & 11/27*

WI Doctor's Orders: Make Your Holiday Cook-Out Healthier

May 26, 2011

MENOMINEE FALLS, Wis. - Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of grilling season in Wisconsin, and there are plenty of ways to make your cookout healthy, as well as fun. Hardeep Ahuja is a family practice physician in Menominee Falls. He's also board-certified in clinical lipidology, which makes him an expert on cholesterol.

The doctor's first tip for having a healthy holiday is to expand the cook-out menu.

"Brats and burgers have their place, but it's all about the lean cuts of food. There's chicken and fish and vegetables, and I often find that combining all of them is a good alternative."

The American Heart Association says nearly 100 million American adults have total blood cholesterol levels of 200 or higher, and warns that high cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Ahuja says the key is to cut the intake of saturated fat.

"When you switch from something that's full of saturated fat, like fatty ground beef or a brat, to something like turkey meat or a turkey brat, when you cut back that saturated fat, that's what really brings down your overall cholesterol numbers."

Ahuja points out that as a person's blood cholesterol rises, so does their risk of coronary artery disease.
He suggests being creative with food preparation, with an eye for cutting calories.

"Part it, too, is when we have our burgers and brats, we love our buns. One thing I love to do is stuff peppers. If you have ground beef, and you're able to stuff peppers like jalapeno, poblano or banana peppers, that's a really good way to help shave calories."

Ahuja suggests mixing in some exercise with the cook-out.

"Number one, have fun. That's what the holiday is about, right? Being with family and having fun. But the other thing is being active. There is no supplement out there that will increase the quality of your life more than activity and exercise."

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI