Monday, December 27, 2010

Obesity Places Health Risks on Soon-To-Be Moms and Unborn Kids.

The growing problem of obesity affects pregnant women and their kids and makes them at higher risks for possible health problems. This is one of the findings in a three-year study conducted by the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE), culling data from maternity units all over UK. Read more

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Have Yourself A Mindful Merry Christmas!

For many of us, the festive season around Christmas brings out our worst over-indulgent habits: we eat, drink and spend more than we would normally do, and regret it come New Year when we step on those scales, or the credit card bill lands on the doormat. Read more

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Are Your Opinions Harmful To Your Health?

Staying healthy is more important than ever considering the rising rates of cancer and chronic disease in our world - not to mention the expense of healthcare and the emotional fallout. Yet, the core of what makes us stay healthy or get sick is mindset. Yes, even disease is related to how you think and feel. In fact, it can make or break you and holistic/integrative physicians already get this. Read more

Excuses, excuses: 11 health cop-outs that hold you back

By Jessie Knadler

As busy people know, coming up with good-for-you goals, such as snacking on more veggies or carving out enough "me time," isn't the issue. It's making them stick. But, thankfully, there is plenty of good science on how to make your health or fitness goals last for the long haul. Read more

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nutrition Spotlight: Fueling for Performance…with Coconut Water?

Coconut water, is not to be confused with coconut milk, which is made from coconut’s white flesh and is full of fat and calories, coconut water is the clear liquid at the fruit’s center. This water is low in calories (about 60 calories per 12-oz serving), high in potassium (more than the 450mg in a banana and about the amount of 15 servings of a sports drink), and contains modest amounts of other important electrolytes including sodium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus Read more

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bovine somatotropin

rBST is a product primarily given to dairy cattle by injection to increase milk production.
Bovine somatotropin (abbreviated bST and BST), also known as bovine growth hormone, or BGH, is a protein hormone produced in cattle.

Since 1994 it has been possible to synthesize the hormone using recombinant DNA technology to create recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), or artificial growth hormone. Monsanto was the first to develop the technology and marketed it as "Posilac" - a brand now owned by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company Read more

Corn Syrup’s New Disguise

How do you like the sound of corn sugar?

The mega-producers of this processed sweetener think you’ll like that name better than high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), the biggest money maker in the history of the food industry. But a less scientific name isn’t going to transform it into something you’d want to put in your body. Read more

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Could This be the Key Factor Spiking the Rise in Dementia and Alzheimer's?

We are in the midst of an Alzheimer's epidemic. Odds are absolutely overwhelming that you personally know someone with this disease or who has recently died from it.
In the next 20 years it is projected that Alzheimer's will affect one in four Americans.
According to the Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report for 2009, 5.3 million people in the U. S. now have the disease, which bumps it up to the sixth leading cause of death. ~ Dr. Mercola

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Obese Kids Have Middle-Aged Arteries

A glimpse inside the neck arteries of obese children and teens reveals cardiovascular systems more like those of 45-year-olds, researchers said Tuesday.

"There's a saying that you're as old as your arteries," said the study's lead author, Dr. Geetha Raghuveer, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine. "These kids are showing up with arteries that show middle-aged conditions.". Read more

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Dumbbell Deadlift

If you want a totally lower body blast, the Dumbbell Deadlift is the exercises that will take you there. Read more

Thursday, July 8, 2010

13 Ways to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

A growing body of research shows that fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health. To get the amount that's recommended, most people need to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables they currently eat every day.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Childrens Obesity Linked to Parents Weight

A child with two obese parents may have a substantially higher risk of becoming obese - a mom's weight playing a particularly important role according to research just published. A team of UK researchers found that among over 7,000 children aged 2 to 15; those who had two obese parents were 12 times more likely to be obese than children with two normal weight parents.
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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Fast Food’s Shrinking Sizes

Portion sizes give consumers the ok, they demonstrate the “norm”, the accepted amount that most people are eating or are “supposed” to eat. This may not be intentional - like the larger portion sizes better value message- but many restaurants, especially fast food eateries, subliminally encourage customers to overeat. The latest message that our favorite fast food eateries is sending out is that it’s ok to snack on smaller sized, possibly even more appropriate meal sized portions.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Making sure that you don't gain weight on your vacation

If you find it difficult not to gain weight on your vacation please watch the video by Alice Henneman, MS, Registered Dietitian and Extension EducatorUniversity of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

2,000-calorie shake tops list of worst drinks

LOS ANGELES - A milkshake containing 2,010 calories - equivalent to eating 68 strips of bacon or 30 chocolate chip cookies — has topped a list of the 20 worst drinks in America compiled by Men's Health magazine.

The Cold Stone PB&C milkshake, made with peanut butter, chocolate ice cream and milk, contains 68 grams of saturated fat and 153 grams of sugar, according to nutritional details on the company's website.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Motivation: Timing Matters

By Helen Kollias

Ahhh, New Year’s resolutions seem a distant memory these days. We’re nearing the 150-day mark for 2010 and the gyms haven’t been crowded since February. The local fast food restaurant is looking pretty busy
Well, there’s another 215 days ‘til the next resolution.

But what happened? Why didn’t New Year’s resolutions become resolved? Two likely reasons: motivation and adherence.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Creating a Healthy Eater in Childhood

By Gaylene Thoeny

I think it's important to take a no nonsense approach to eating with children, starting at a young age when they start eating solid food. There is lots of time to play games and have fun, I don't think meal time is one of them. I have a couple of meal times rules that I use on a daily basis:

1.) No toys at the table
2.) You don't have to clean your plate but you have to try everything.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Quinoa and the Super Grains

As a majority of consumers have shifted from white to wheat across various categories, and understand the health benefits of consuming whole grains, it’s time to introduce, promote, and educate shoppers about other nutritious whole grains. Read more

Friday, May 14, 2010

Will Green Tea and Hot Peppers Set Your Metabolism on Fire?

By Helen Kollias

Eat the right foods and burn more calories!

There are actually foods that can increase your metabolism and increase how much energy you use. These are known as thermogenic foods, since they get your body to burn more calories, which is a measure of heat/energy use (”therm” refers to heat) [1].

Monday, April 19, 2010

Five Ideas For the President's Task Force on Childhood Obesity

By William A. Anderson

On March 17th I was contacted by Melody Barnes, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, and asked to submit my ideas for solving our country's childhood obesity epidemic. The deadline was March 26th, so there wasn't much time to get back to her with the solution to what is arguably the most difficult behavioral health problem our population has. But I was sure I could do it. I had been preparing for this job my whole life.

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