Nutrition

  • 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, […]

  • Prioritize Your Health Instead of Hibernating
    by Staff on January 6, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    When cold weather hits, it’s easy to prioritize hibernating over health—abandoning outdoor activities and opting for comfort foods and the couch. However, you can keep up your healthy habits–and even add some new ones–even if you’re stuck inside. Here are some strategies for prioritizing health when you’re cooped-up indoors during the cold weather. 8 ways to prioritize health instead … Continue reading "Prioritize Your Health Instead of Hibernating" […]

  • An industry-funded attempt to cast doubt on science-based sugar guidelines?
    by Staff on December 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    There’s no nutritional need or benefit that comes from consuming added sugar, yet our global supply of heavily processed foods is full of it—from breakfast cereals and salad dressings, to pasta sauces and soda. Sugary drinks are of particular concern, as they are a well-documented contributor to the obesity epidemic, and multiple studies link these beverages to increased … Continue reading "An industry-funded attempt to cast doubt on science-based sugar guidelines?" […]

  • Saturated fat, regardless of type, linked with increased heart disease risk
    by Staff on December 19, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    A study published in the November issue of the British Medical Journal revealed findings that, at first glance, are not that surprising: Saturated fat in the diet is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. (1) However, the study offers a unique twist by teasing out the effects of different types of saturated fatty … Continue reading "Saturated fat, regardless of type, linked with increased heart disease risk" […]