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Jonathan Vredenburg

Wellness Educator

Jon is the manager for the Employee Wellness Program for UF Health. Jon has also served as the wellness program coordinator for the City of Jacksonville and was a consultant dietitian for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is a registered dietitian and certified Diabetes Educator, in addition to being a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics. He previously served on the Florida Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and in his spare time is a freelance writer and stand-up comedian performing in clubs throughout Florida.

Navigating Diet Culture

"Diet culture" is becoming more prominent, thanks to influencers on social media and other outlets. A UF Health registered dietitian explains why this can be detrimental and why healthy eating involves more than just healthy foods.

Employee Inspiration During COVID-19: Short Stories

The next part of our employee inspiration series continues, featuring shared short stories and anecdotes about how UF Health Jacksonville employees are feeling during the pandemic and what keeps them inspired and resilient.

Employee Inspiration During COVID-19: Poems

The next part of our employee inspiration series continues with sharing additional creative submissions. Several UF Health employees wrote and shared poems about how they’re feeling during the pandemic.

Employee Inspiration during COVID-19: Art Projects

The Center for Healthy Minds and Practice and UF Health Employee Wellness launched an initiative, where employees were invited to share what it has been like to be part of this challenging time by submitting a story, poem or artwork. We felt it would be powerful to share some of the great contributions from employees, starting with artwork.

Being Savvy about Supplements

Vitamins, minerals, herbals and extracts line retail shelves, so choosing a safe and effective option can be challenging. Consider these tips the next time you find yourself reaching for one of these nutritional add-ons. Choose food before pills Plenty of scientific evidence supports the notion that a varied…

Quarantine Cuisine: Keeping Your Food Safe

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven many of us to spend more time in a room we use every day, but sometimes don’t give much thought about: the kitchen. The need to maintain social distancing has required us to make the shift to more home-cooked meals. While being in control of…

Don’t Eat Your Stress

Many of us have been in stressful situations that end with seeking out chips, cookies, ice cream or all three as a temporary source of relief. The trigger could be something small, like a lengthy commute, or something more significant, such as a worldwide global pandemic that has shut down…

The Truth About Carbs – Runner’s Edition

We all know that carbohydrates are typically known as a runner’s best friend. However, like many things in the nutrition world, too much of a good thing can be detrimental. In preparing for long-distance runs throughout the year, a conservative approach to eating can speed you across the finish line.