RHINELANDER - Now for some semi-sweet news, chocolate may help you slim down that's according to a new study by the University of California at San Diego.
It may come as no surprise to people like Brandy Gray who is surrounded by chocolate every day, "Chocolate is a huge deal for us. Obviously most of the chocolate here we make on our own here. We sell a ton of chocolate throughout the year."
Brandy is the Manager of the Fun Factory in Rhinelander and says she didn't need science to prove the health benefits of chocolate,
"I obviously think chocolate is always good for you. You know, it makes me happy. It doesn't really surprise me, I mean we've been hearing a big trend that dark chocolate, for some time now, has been good for you."
Dr. Ida Allen says, "It's the good fat that's in chocolate that actually keeps you satisfied. So it can help with weight maintenance. It can help with cholesterol, it can help with blood pressure, it can help with all kinds of diseases because it has such high antioxidant properties."
Dr. Allen says the studies are true, you can eat chocolate regularly and see health improvements, such as weight loss, but there's a catch, "If, it's in its natural form. So once again, if it's plugged with a whole bunch of chemicals and sugar, it's not natural."
So if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth and get your body in better shape, perhaps chocolate can bring you the best of both worlds.
Dr. Allen says the darker and purer the chocolate you can find, the better the overall health benefits for your body.
Cooking for people with multiple, chronic health conditions
MINOCQUA - For people struggling with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease, cooking can be a challenge.
But being careful with how you cook doesn't mean your meal has to be bland.
One dietician teaches the "Cooking for Multiple Diseases" class at Nicolet College in Minocqua.
People taking her class need help finding the best recipes for their conditions.
"Maybe they have diabetes and their spouse has heart disease. Or other people in the family may have a different disease," said Mary Sikora-Petersen, a Registered dietician. "They want to know, how [to] cook a meal that's going to be for everybody in the family."
Petersen also stresses the importance of using healthier ingredients without losing flavor. One way to do that is by using seed-based seasonings and avoiding too much salt.
"[Add] flavors to food without adding salt. Certainly, salt adds flavor," said Petersen. "But there are other ways to add flavor, such as adding ground seasonings, adding fresh herbs to the foods."
Petersen also recommends using light olive oils and whole wheat products.
MADISON - An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker says Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths.
Craig Trost, an aide to Rep. Chris Taylor, says in an email that Walker's office notified Taylor's office that he plans to sign the bill Wednesday.
Taylor, a Madison Democrat, and Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, developed the legislation in response to three high-profile deaths in the last 10 years. None of those incidents resulted in criminal charges.
Supporters say the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force. But police observers say the bill could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done the investigations themselves.
The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year.
MADISON - Wisconsin wildlife officials say they're going to hand out personalized certificates to successful first-time turkey hunters this year.
The Department of Natural Resources says hunters can fill out information about when and where they killed the bird as well as information on its weight and spur length on the agency's website. Hunters also can submit a photo of themselves with their turkeys.
The agency will send the certificates out electronically within a few weeks of receiving the information.
The certificate program will run during both the spring and fall hunts.
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