Nutrition

  • Meta-analyses in nutrition research: sources of insight or confusion?
    by Staff on September 18, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Nutrition is a complex field regularly cursed with provocative media headlines that often preface an oversimplified summary. If you’re a savvy consumer of nutrition news, you may have become wise to look past the catchy headlines to assess the quality of the study being reported—sizing-up the latest finding in context of existing evidence on the … Continue reading "Meta-analyses in nutrition research: sources of insight or confusion?" […]

  • PURE study makes headlines, but the conclusions are misleading
    by Staff on September 8, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Last week, The Lancet published results from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (“PURE”) study that made headlines: “Study Challenges Conventional Wisdom on Fats, Fruits, and Vegetables;” “PURE Shakes Up Nutritional Field;” “Huge New Study Casts Doubt on Conventional Wisdom About Fat and Carbs.” Following over 135,000 participants spanning five continents, the study is indeed a … Continue reading "PURE study makes headlines, but the conclusions are misleading" […]

  • Most “Box Tops” food products do not meet school nutrition standards
    by Staff on August 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    An analysis of products included in a popular school-based marketing program finds that less than one third of participating foods and beverages meet federal Smart Snacks in School standards. Food marketing targeted at children is a billion dollar industry, often promoting foods and beverages that are calorie-dense and low in nutrients. Schools are a significant … Continue reading "Most “Box Tops” food products do not meet school nutrition standards" […]

  • A healthy summertime picnic
    by Staff on June 29, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    As summer brings warm days and later evenings, many of us head outdoors for good fun and food. Whether you’re hosting a backyard cookout, or planning a picnic on the go, be sure to fuel your family with summertime meals that are both nutritious and safe. Best Picnic Eats If you plan to bring food … Continue reading "A healthy summertime picnic" […]

  • A comprehensive whole-community approach to reduce childhood obesity shows promise
    by Staff on June 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    The World Health Organization reports that children who carry excess weight are more likely to stay overweight into adulthood and develop chronic diseases at a younger age. These include cardiovascular diseases (mainly heart disease and stroke), diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders like osteoarthritis, and certain cancers such as breast and colon. Childhood obesity prevalence in the U.S. … Continue reading "A comprehensive whole-community approach to reduce childhood obesity shows promise" […]

  • More than cooking, Teaching Kitchens as learning labs for life skills
    by Staff on May 23, 2017 at 8:30 am

    With dramatic increases in obesity and diabetes, the search is on for innovative strategies to change the paths of those living with, or at risk for developing these and other lifestyle-related chronic diseases. In conjunction with good medical guidance, holistic strategies are needed that will improve the way people eat, move, and think. Dr. David … Continue reading "More than cooking, Teaching Kitchens as learning labs for life skills" […]

  • U.S. Government Eases Sodium and Whole Grain Standards for School Meals
    by Staff on May 3, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    In the U.S., over 30 million students consume at least one meal in school every day. With such broad reach, strong standards for healthy, high-quality food can have a significant impact on the health of the nation’s children. Yet a new proclamation by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture takes a different route, partially rolling back the … Continue reading "U.S. Government Eases Sodium and Whole Grain Standards for School Meals" […]

  • Removing Trans Fats from Restaurant Menus Associated with Drop in Heart Attacks and Strokes
    by Staff on April 24, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Does a public health measure such as restricting trans fats from restaurant menus really make a difference? A study published April 12th in JAMA Cardiology nods yes. Between 2007 and 2011, 11 New York State urban counties restricted the use of trans fats in public eateries including restaurants, bakeries, cafeterias, park concessions, and senior meal … Continue reading "Removing Trans Fats from Restaurant Menus Associated with Drop in Heart Attacks and Strokes" […]

  • Meal Prep: A Helpful Healthy Eating Strategy
    by Staff on March 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Who hasn’t left work late with a growling stomach but little energy to shop and cook? A busy schedule is one of the top reasons why people choose quick takeout meals, which are often calorie-laden and a contributor to expanding waistlines. [1-3] Now, imagine a different scenario where within a few minutes of walking through the door you … Continue reading "Meal Prep: A Helpful Healthy Eating Strategy" […]

  • 19 Take-Home Messages for Health Professionals from Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives
    by Staff on February 12, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Each February, over 400 doctors, registered dietitians, and other health professionals join food service directors and chefs for Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives—a conference that bridges nutrition science, health care, and the culinary arts. The annual conference (a collaboration between the Harvard Chan School’s Department of Nutrition and The Culinary Institute of America) was created to … Continue reading "19 Take-Home Messages for Health Professionals from Healthy Kitchens, […]